Festival Locations

2022 Festival Locations for Check-In and Events

This information is accurate for the 2022 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 12-15 in Porter, IN. Please use this as a guide for your trip planning and we'll see you at the festival!

 

Festival Headquarters

Indiana Dunes National Park Visitor Center

1215 N. State Road 49
Porter, IN 46304

Your one-stop shop for all things about the festival and a gateway into the Indiana Dunes country! You'll find the check-in and swag table inside the Visitor Center. Plus, we'll have the Migration Marketplace and food vendors outside in the parking lot. Have a question? Stop by and ask us!

 

Arrival Information

Name Badges

Your name badge is your pass to all festival events including headliners, presentations, and any field trips/sessions you have signed up for.  All festival participants are required to wear their name badges at all times while attending the festival. You will receive your name badge at check-in.

Show your name badge to the Indiana Dunes State Park attendant to get in free, too! 

Check-In Information

All festival participants are required to check-in at the Visitor Center prior to attending any festival related events. When you get into town, make sure to do the following:

1. Enter the Visitor Center building, under the "Welcome Birders" sign and look to your left for the festival table

2. Meet one of our awesome volunteers to check in! You will only need your first and last name, but having your confirmation number is handy in case of technological glitches.

3. If you are attending a van trip and/or the Saturday night keynote dinner in 2022, you will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within the last 72 hours. You will not be checked-in to the festival until this is provided. 

4. Receive your festival name badge with a swag bag and start enjoying the festival! 

Visitor Center Check-In Hours

Wednesday, May 11: 4-8pm*

Thursday, May 12: 5:30am-4pm

Friday, May 13: 5:30am-4pm

Saturday, May 14: 5:30am-4pm

Sunday, May 15: 5:30am-9am

*Pre-festival participants will be checked in prior to departure of their trips in the morning on Wednesday.

 

Other Important Locations

Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center

1618 Indiana Dunes State Park
Chesterton, IN 46304

This location is used for some afternoon presentations and the Saturday Youth & Family Day event. When you enter the park, ask for a map to lead you to the Nature Center.

Sand Creek Country Club

1011 Sand Creek Dr.
Chesterton, IN 46304

This is where the Saturday keynote presentation and dinner is held.

All headliner presentations are held in the Visitor Center auditorium. Afternoon presentations are split between the Visitor Center and State Park Nature Center. Please check the program guide for specific locations.

 

National Park Passes

The National Park Service has approve an entrance fee for Indiana Dunes National Park (INDU) beginning on March 31, 2022. The IDBF has an arrangement to cover entrance fees for participants at the STATE park, but not avenue exists within the federal government. Participants visiting an INDU site will need to acquire an entrance pass in 2022.

National park entrance fees are NOT included in the 2022 registration fees. You can purchase your passes online or directly at the Visitor Center. 

 

Festival Field Trips and/or Locations Required National Park Passes

  • Beverly Shores
  • Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours
  • Birding the Dunes with the Urban Birder
  • Cowles Bog
  • Great Marsh
  • Heron Rookery
  • Little Calumet River
  • Michiana Marsh Meander
  • Miller Woods & Swale
  • Owl Prowls
  • Pinhook Bog
  • Reynolds Creek
  • West Beach Pineries 
  • Western Indiana Dunes National Park
  • Woodcock Walks

 

Field Trip & Workshop Meeting Locations

Below is a list of field trip meeting locations. Most field trips depart from the Visitor Center, but some meet off-site at their locations. Please make sure to check your itinerary and know where you are going each morning!

 

Wednesday, May 11 (pre-festival)

All pre-festival trips, both morning and evening start times, depart from the Visitor Center.

 

Thursday, May 12

Dunes Big Morning: Visitor Center

Lake Michigan Beach Specialties (previously Pelagic tour): Visitor Center

Big Sit at the Longshore Tower: State Park Longshore/Observation Tower 

Indiana Dunes State Park Trail 2: State Park Wilson Shelter

Lake County Wetlands & More: Visitor Center

Bird Banding 101: State Park Wilson Shelter

Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours: Visitor Center

Birding the Dunes with the Urban Birder: Visitor Center

Cowles Bog: Visitor Center

Richardson Preserve: Richardson Preserve (5281 N Pawnee Trail, La Porte, IN 46350)

West Beach Pineries & Prairies: Visitor Center

Eggers Grove & Big Marsh: Eggers Grove (11251 S. Ave B, Chicago, IL 60617)

Pinhook Bog: Pinhook Bog (945 N Wozniak Rd, La Porte, IN 46350)

Warblers of Brincka-Cross Gardens: Brincka-Cross Gardens (427 E Furness Rd. Michigan City, IN 46360) 

Beverly Shores Birding: Visitor Center

Dunes Heron Rookery: Heron Rookery-West Engquist lot (499 E 1300 N, Chesterton, IN 46304)

National Park Ranger Birding: Visitor Center

Bird Language Lessons at Cowles Bog: Visitor Center

Bird Track & Sign Workshop with Dan Gardoqui: State Park Wilson Shelter

Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers: Visitor Center

Great Marsh Afternoon Birding: Visitor Center

Pinhook Bog in the Afternoon: Pinhook Bog (945 N Wozniak Rd, La Porte, IN 46350)

Painting Plovers Art Workshop: Fluid Coffee Bar (518 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN 46360)

Evening Field Trips Departing 7-8pm: Visitor Center

 

Friday, May 13

Sunrise Birding at Michigan City Harbor: Washington Park Beach lot (100 E. Michigan, Michigan City, IN 46360)

Amy Kearns' Dunes Big Morning: Visitor Center

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding: Kankakee Sands Office (3294 US-41, Morocco, IN 47963)

Big Sit at the Longshore Tower: State Park Longshore/Observation Tower 

Forsythe Park, Wolf Lake, & More: Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes State Park Trail 2: State Park Wilson Shelter

Michiana Marsh Meander: Visitor Center

Bird Banding 101: State Park Wilson Shelter

Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours: Visitor Center

Birding the Dunes with the Urban Birder: Visitor Center

Walner (previously Meadowbrook) Nature Preserve: Visitor Center

Pinhook Bog: Visitor Center

Richardson Preserve: Richardson Preserve (5281 N Pawnee Trail, La Porte, IN 46350)

Cowles Bog 50 in 50 Birdathon: Visitor Center

Reynolds Creek Wetlands and Prairie: Visitor Center

West Beach Pineries & Prairie: Visitor Center

Beverly Shores & Great Marsh: Visitor Center

Dunes Heron Rookery: Heron Rookery-West Engquist lot (499 E 1300 N, Chesterton, IN 46304)

Miller Woods & Swale: Douglas Center at Miller Woods (100 N Lake St., Gary, IN 46403)

Birding Photography Close Up: Visitor Center

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve: Coffee Creek Parking (178 E Sidewalk Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304)

National Park Ranger Birding: Visitor Center

Beverly Shores Great Marsh (PM): Visitor Center

Bird Sit- Interpreting Bird Behaviors with Dan Gardoqui: State Park Wilson Shelter

Birds of Paradise Sculpture Scavenger Hunt: Visitor Center

Dunes Heron Rookery in the Afternoon: Heron Rookery-West Engquist lot (499 E 1300 N, Chesterton, IN 46304)

Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers: Visitor Center

Learn to Play Wingspan Workshop: Visitor Center- Migration Marketplace tent

Painting Plovers Art Workshop: Fluid Coffee Bar (518 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN 46360)

 

Saturday, May 14

Dunes Big Morning: Visitor Center

Lake Michigan Beach Specialties (previously Pelagic tour): Visitor Center

Big Sit at the Longshore Tower: State Park Longshore/Observation Tower 

Little Calumet River Bottom & Mnoke Prairie: Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes State Park Trail 2: State Park Wilson Shelter

2nd Annual Birding Biathlon: Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat (1303 600 E, Michigan City, IN 46360)

Pinhook Bog: Pinhook Bog (945 N Wozniak Rd, La Porte, IN 46350)

Bendix Woods Warblers: Bendix Woods (32132 IN-2, New Carlisle, IN 46552)

Bird Banding 101: State Park Wilson Shelter

Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours: Visitor Center

Birding the Dunes with the Urban Birder: Visitor Center

Dunes State Park Warblers: Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes State Park: Visitor Center

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding: Kankakee Sands Office (3294 US-41, Morocco, IN 47963)

Moraine Nature Preserve: Moraine Nature Preserve (240 Meska Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46383)

Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat Area: Visitor Center

Richardson Preserve: Richardson Preserve (5281 N Pawnee Trail, La Porte, IN 46350)

Miller Woods & Swale: Visitor Center

BIPOC Birding Bonanza: State Park Wilson Shelter

Birding Yoga at the Beach: State Park Beach  

 Dunes Heron Rookery: Heron Rookery-West Engquist lot (499 E 1300 N, Chesterton, IN 46304)

Everglades of the North: Visitor Center

Migrant Traps of Wolf Lake & Forsythe Park: Visitor Center

Birding Photography 101: State Park Wilson Shelter

Coffee Creek Bluebird Box & Nest Monitoring: 

Coffee Creek Parking (178 E Sidewalk Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304)

National Park Ranger Birding: Visitor Center

Chair Yoga on the Festival Grounds: Visitor Center- Migration Marketplace tent

Cowles Bog in the Afternoon: Visitor Center

Heron Rookery in the Afternoon: Visitor Center

Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers: Visitor Center

Pinhook Bog in the Afternoon: Pinhook Bog (945 N Wozniak Rd, La Porte, IN 46350)

 

Sunday, May 15

Sunrise Birding at Michigan City Harbor: Washington Park Beach lot (100 E. Michigan, Michigan City, IN 46360)

Big Sit at the Longshore Tower: State Park Longshore/Observation Tower 

Cowles Bog: Visitor Center

Dunes Big Morning: Visitor Center

Michiana Secretive Marsh Bird Search: Visitor Center

Dunes Warbler Tour: Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes State Park Trail 2: State Park Wilson Shelter

Western Indiana Dunes National Park: Visitor Center

Bird Language Lessons at Indiana Dunes State Park: State Park Wilson Shelter

Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours: Visitor Center

Birding the Dunes with the Urban Birder: Visitor Center

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding: Kankakee Sands Office (3294 US-41, Morocco, IN 47963)

Spicer Lake: Spicer Lake Nature Preserve (New Carlisle, IN 46552)

Cowles Bog with the National Park Superintendent: Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes State Park: Visitor Center

Pinhook Bog: Pinhook Bog (945 N Wozniak Rd, La Porte, IN 46350)

Warblers of Brincka-Cross Gardens: Brincka-Cross Gardens (427 E Furness Rd. Michigan City, IN 46360) 

Birding Yoga at the Beach: State Park Beach  

Breakfast with the Birds: State Park Nature Center

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve: Visitor Center

Richardson Preserve: Richardson Preserve (5281 N Pawnee Trail, La Porte, IN 46350)

National Park Ranger Birding: Visitor Center

 

Please check the program guide for the location of events not listed.

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