Educational Institutions

Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center, Inc.

  • Porter, IN
  • www.duneslearningcenter.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Dunes Learning Center is to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature.

To create engaged,
informed and inspired citizens
through transformative experiences
with nature.

Main Programs

  1. Frog In the Bog
  2. Winter Survival in the Dunes
  3. Summer Discovery Camps
  4. Mighty Acorns
Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

Northwest Indiana, greater Chicagoland, Southwest Michigan

ruling year

1998

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Mr. Geof Benson

Director of Marketing and Development

Self-reported

Ms. Sandi Weindling

Keywords

Self-reported

Environmental Education, summer camp, camp, outdoor education, science education, science camp, nature study, stewardship, service learning

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EIN

35-2031658

 Number

2512224674

Physical Address

700 Howe Rd.

Porter, IN 46304

Also Known As

Dunes Learning Center

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The Dunes Learning Center wll be a national model for place based residential environmental education programming focused on the Indiana Dunes region.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Frog In the Bog

This three day/two night hands on education program combines discovery, adventure and fun with math, science and social studies.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$190,000.00

Program 2

Winter Survival in the Dunes

Over two days/one night students explore how human, plant, and animal inhabitants adapt to winter changes. Meets state and national learning standards

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

Summer Discovery Camps

Spend 5 days at this overnight environmental education camp.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$91,000.00

Program 4

Mighty Acorns

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$240,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

Northwest Indiana, greater Chicagoland, Southwest Michigan

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Funding Needs

General Operating Funds, Support for Program Costs for Underserved Schools, Capital Needs (Facilities, Technology, etc.)

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

INDIANA DUNES ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER, INC.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Geof Benson

Director of Marketing and Development

Ms. Sandi Weindling

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Teresa Massa

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity