Family Nature Nights

The Education Committee of IWLA-PCC plans and executes Family Nature Nights for local schools of Duneland, Indiana.

The 2023-24 school year celebrates the 10th year PCC has been organizing these events. The program collects 12-15 presenters/partners such as Gabis Arboretum, Westchester History Museum, Field Museum's Insect Collection, Porter Co. 4-H and Humane Indiana Wildlife Center; just to name a few. Each partner provides an educational, live experience at their table with a rich environmental theme. Families of the hosting elementary school are invited to visit these during the one and one-half hour events annually.

Currently, we are serving an average of 150 visitors per school in up to 11 schools. Yearly, the program reaches over 1,500 visitors and it takes 700+ hours of volunteer time to facilitate them.

*To bring Family Nature Night to your school, contact FNN School Coordinator, Susan Swarner at

 *If you would like to become a FNN Presenting Partner or have a general question, please contact FNN Partner Coordinator, Annette Hansen at

Programming is on-going and dates are always being scheduled.

The Porter County Chapter's Family Nature Night program was enhanced by an Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program Grant in 2017.

Supported in 2024 by the IWLA Indiana Division Endowment grant.