Opt Outside Hike and Beach Cleanup on Black Friday at Indiana Dunes National Park West Beach

Region residents are invited to spend part of Black Friday at the beach – here in the Region….  a free, expert-led, family-friendly hike and beach cleanup at Indiana Dunes National Park’s West Beach in Portage. Co-sponsored by Save the Dunes, the hike will be led by regional experts in fields such as birding, botany, insects, geology, and ecology. There will also be a beach cleanup and the park will provide gloves and all cleanup materials. Park Ranger Rafi Wilkinson says they anticipate somewhere between 200 to 300 people and you can hear more at News Audio on Demand here at our website.

The event is Friday, November 29, 1 to 4 pm.  The hike will be up to 3-and-a-half- 5 miles in length with easy cut-offs back to the parking lot for shorter hikes of 1 mile and 2 miles. The hike is moderate in difficulty with 250 stairs and some sections of loose sand. The beach cleanup and hike are inspired by REI’s #OptOutside movement in which millions of people and hundreds of organizations are involved in outdoor activities on Black Friday. Participants who share this event on social media are asked to please use the hashtag #OptOutside.

Meet at the West Beach parking lot, located at 376 North County Line Road in Portage, about one half mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit website at www.nps.gov/indu and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS. For information about the Save the Dunes organization, please visit www.savedunes.org and www.facebook.com/savedunes.