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[DNR] Indiana Dunes SP naturalist earns biz award
Start Date: 10/10/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/10/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Indiana Dunes State Park interpretive naturalist Brad Bumgardner has been honored as one of the top 20 young business leaders in northwest Indiana.

The Times of Northwest Indiana newspaper and its BusINess magazine presented Bumgardner with a 2013 “20 Under 40” award at a Wednesday ceremony.

The annual award honors 20 people under 40 years old who are leaders in the region's business community and committed to improving northwest Indiana. Bumgardner, 33, has been with Indiana Dunes State Park for six years.

“It’s a nice recognition,” Bumgardner said. “But I consider it an award for everyone here at the park and what we are doing.”

Bumgardner was nominated by Kimberly Ehn, a volunteer at the park’s nature center. Ehn commended Bumgardner for using educational programs at the park and social media to promote the area’s natural and cultural resources.

“This personal, positive interaction encourages and improves the quality of the outdoor experience for the many new and returning visitors to the Indiana Dunes State Park,” she wrote.

Bumgardner said the award shows how important the park is to area businesses.

Indiana Dunes State Park hosts 1.2 million visitors per year. The tourism industry contributed $348 million to the Porter County economy in 2011, according to a 2012 study. The same study listed the park as the most popular reason people visited the county.

Indiana Dunes State Park ( is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.
Contact Information:
Name: Brandt Baughman
Phone: (219) 926-1952
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  • Business & Agriculture
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    Natural Resources, Indiana Department of

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