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Nature Programs

We manage more than 500 acres of parkland, including 13 parks and four greenways. Our nature programming helps the community get connected to our many natural resources.

Nature is for all ages, all year, from parent/child programs all the way through adults ages 18+! Join us to learn about everything from birding, nature apps, tapping maple trees, learning about the history of our parks and more! These interpretive and educational programs will surely leave you feeling connected to the natural resources that surround you.

Volunteering is another great way to get out in nature. If you or your family are interested in helping beautify our parks and get dirty, click here to check out some of our volunteer opportunities.

 

In case of inclement weather, outdoor programs will be canceled or moved indoors. Please call 317.843.3870 to receive the most up-to-date program cancellations and changes.

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Nature Programs

Camping Essentials

Camping is a fun activity that also requires some knowledge about navigation and fire-building. Choose one or both classes! Together we will learn fire building techniques and fire safety skills. Once our fire is built, we'll enjoy hotdogs and roasted marshmallows. We will also learn about using a compass and ma orienting for when you go on lone hikes. This program is for ages 11 to 14.
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Knee High Naturalist

Your young explorer will build an appreciation for nature as they discover the great outdoors through hikes, songs, and art projects. Adults will gain knowledge and skills for teaching children about the natural world around them with both indoor and outdoor experiences. Be sure to join us for a new adventure each month! This program is for kiddos ages 1 - 6.
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Family Night Hike

Bring the whole family out to the trails! Join our resident naturalist on a hike through our parks. You will observe the night time songs of birds, movement of wildlife and maybe even hear an owl call! Please dress for the weather and wear clothing and shoes that can get dirty. A flashlight or headlamp is required and binoculars are optional. Registration is per family.
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Foraging Florists

Beauty is all around us. Together with our naturalist, you will create DIY art by using fresh and dry materials from our parks. Each month, you will make a new themed project for holiday décor and gifts including bouquets, table arrangements and wreaths. You will also learn about what you should and should not take from the forest, and how this activity helps the forest grow.
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Tree Identification

Do you ever look across a landscape or wander in the woods and wonder what types of trees are around you? If so, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn how to identify trees by their leaves, bark and location. We will stroll in the woods to identify trees and enjoy the beautiful fall season! No previous experience is required, and all nature enthusiasts are welcome!
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