Growing Up in the Dunes: How Stories from the Sand Inspired a Nature Writing Career | Visit Miller Beach Gary


Jun 22 2021


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Growing Up in the Dunes: How Stories from the Sand Inspired a Nature Writing Career

Get inspired by writer and naturalist Gary Paul Nabhan as he recounts being raised in the Miller section of Indiana Dunes National Park. He will talk about how the Indiana Dunes inspired many Hoosier residents to become writers, naturalists and scientists, and how solitary time in nature is more important now than at any point in human history. Enjoy excerpts from his essays and poems written over five decades that are set in the Dunes during a presentation at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education on Tuesday, June 22 at 1:30 pm.  We ask that visitors inside wear face coverings and social distance inside the building.

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally recognized literary naturalist, plant ecologist and conservation biologist who learned natural history while playing hooky in the West Beach-Long Lake area. Author of thirty books on science, natural history, collaborative conservation, and wild foods, he was set on his path by becoming the first student member of the Save the Dunes Council while still in high school. He has been honored with a MacArthur “genius” fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing, and the Vavilov Medal for international seed conservation.

The Douglas Center is open every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with an accessible wetland boardwalk.  The center is located in the western portion of the national park at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1824 or check the park’s website at

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