Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability - Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Don't miss a special screening of the much anticipated documentary film Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability followed by a panel discussion at The Field Museum on Saturday, May 7, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Field Museum collections from the Calumet region will be on display in front of James Simpson Theater from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM. 

Shifting Sands tells the compelling story of the creation of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, from its ecological and industrial beginnings, to designation as a national treasure, toward a model for a sustainable future for the environment, economy, and communities along the southern end of Lake Michigan.

Join the filmmakers, regional leaders from the National Park Service, local experts, and Field Museum scientists in a post-film discussion. Explore how the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and other nationally significant sites across the bi-state Calumet region of Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana are activating natural, cultural, and industrial heritage for sustainability in this unique landscape. Learn about Field Museum collections from the region and efforts toward a Calumet National Heritage Area designation. And help us wish the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore a very Happy 50th Birthday!

Shifting Sands is presented by environmentalist Lee Botts and produced by Lee Botts, Tom Desch, Rana Segal, and Pat Wisniewski. Presenting station: 


The panel discussion will be moderated by Mark J. Bouman, Ph.D., Chicago Region Program Director, Keller Science Action Center, The Field Museum and President, Calumet Heritage Partnership.

This event is free and open to the public. The event will take place in James Simpson Theater. Please enter The Field Museum through the West Entrance (between Lake Shore Drive and The Field Museum). Paid parking is available in the Soldier Field North Garage.

The Calumet Heritage Partnership is a bi-state non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the unique heritage of the Calumet region. The Field Museum is a partner of the Calumet Heritage Partnership. Together, they lead the feasibility study to designate the region as a Calumet National Heritage Area.


The Marquette Plan supports the bi-state effort of the Calumet Heritage Partnership to establish a Calumet National Heritage Area. The Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility Study is a priority project of the Millennium Reserve.


The Field Museum gratefully acknowledges the following partners for their support of programs in the Calumet Region: