INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE - Advocates of congressional proposals to designate the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore a national park have released a video series to spotlight what the landmark has to offer. The five-part "Dunes 101" videos, created by Porter-based Indiana Dunes Tourism, cover topics including beaching, camping and hiking. The marketing, planning and development organization says it has taken a formal position in support of two bills, which recently received opposition from National Park Service Acting Director Daniel Smith. Smith called the current designation "appropriate," adding during testimony on Capitol Hill the national lakeshore name squares with "our efforts to provide consistency in the naming of park units."

Promotions Director Dustin Ritchea says "we started the Dunes 101 Series as a marketing campaign to help visitors navigate the vast national treasure that is the Indiana Dunes, but we also see it as a vehicle to shed light on this overlooked resource. Indiana Dunes advocates have been trying to get national park status for the Lakeshore since 1916, and we hope the Dunes 101 Videos Series will help people understand why."

House Bill 1488 is co-sponsored by the full Indiana Congressional Delegation and Senate Bill 599 is co-sponsored by both Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.).

You can connect to the videos on Indiana Dunes Tourism's YouTube channel by clicking here.