Program Fun Begins!!

Now begins the real fun of the seasonal work I will be doing this summer. For the past 2-3 weeks, I have been completing training and learning about the park’s history and ecology. I have had the opportunity to audit programs and learn about the park from other rangers, which has helped me better understand the park. So do not be afraid to stop a ranger as you walk by because you never know what you might learn.

Here is a photo I took along Mount Baldy, one of the beaches of Indiana Dunes. During training, another ranger and I would conduct water quality tests along all eight beaches, ensuring the water was healthy and safe to swim in. Some days we had to be more careful than others because waves would come up all the way past our belt line.

Here is a photo of the beautiful wetlands in Miller Woods. It is wetlands like these that help increase and maintain the biodiversity of organisms within the park.

I also had the chance to help lead other programs like the introductory fishing program. It was such a wonderful opportunity because I got to experience the pure joy of one of the children catching his 1st fish ever. Of course, he caught about eight other fish in 1 hour, but that is a story for another day. Aside from leading other programs, I will be creating an advanced fishing program. It will involve kayak angling and will aim to teach more techniques for fishing, lures, and setups, and advanced fishing knowledge. There will be more fishing, sunset paddling, beach fun and safety, birding hikes, and trail hiking programs, so keep an eye out and try to sign up if you happen to be local!

Until Next time...

  • Vicki
    Posted at 05:24h, 27 June

    Great pics, Jake! Your efforts will help develop this newer national park. Enjoy!

  • Karen
    Posted at 10:11h, 27 June

    Great photos and narrative of your observations and experiences so far, Jake.

  • Lynn Morrow Peterson
    Posted at 13:13h, 27 June

    Thanks to the intro to what you’re doing for the summer. Enjoyed the pictures too. Enjoy this great adventure!