Celebrate on Saturday, September 25, 2021, when thousands of individuals and families will head to public land sites across the country to give back to the lands where people play, learn, exercise, and relax in celebration of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Founded in 1994, NPLD has been recognized as a day to volunteer to protect public lands as well as to celebrate them through various recreational activities. In celebration of the region’s own Indiana Dunes National Park, Save the Dunes is inviting dune-lovers near and far to participate in the 2021 Save the Dunes’ Dunes Dash – a virtual 5K run/walk to support the Indiana dunes.
Those interested in participating in the 2021 Dunes Dash in celebration of NPLD are encouraged to register at savedunes.org/dash2021 . The virtual race will take place September 18 – 25, 2021 with registered participants completing 3.10 miles at the place and pace of their choice. Registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt available for pick up prior to the event or available by mail following NPLD. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who register on or before August 31. All funds raised will be used to support Save the Dunes’ programmatic work to enhance and protect one of our region’s favorite public lands – the Indiana Dunes National Park.
“Last year, hundreds of individuals participated in the Dunes Dash in support of the Indiana Dunes, both locally and across the nation,” said Natalie Johnson, Executive Director, Save the Dunes. “Our virtual Dunes Dash allows participants to support and celebrate public lands such as our Indiana Dunes National Park where ever they want and whenever they want during the week of the event. It also encourages people to simply get outside and connect to nature in our own communities.”
Save the Dunes has long been a supporting organization of Northwest Indiana’s public lands, with much of its programmatic focus aimed towards protecting and enhancing the Indiana Dunes National Park. In 1952, Save the Dunes was formed under the call to action to ‘save the dunes’ through the establishment of a National Park. In 1966, the National Lakeshore (now named a National Park) was successfully established, and since then it has been Save the Dunes’ mission to ensure its protection through advocacy, conservation efforts, and community engagement.
“Save the Dunes is committed to using funds raised through the 2021 Dunes Dash to support activities that protect the Indiana dunes for the enjoyment of future generations. We also encourage individuals and families to look for other activities to help support our public lands – not just on National Public Lands Day alone, but throughout the entire year.”