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.
All of our programs are inclusive. If you or your family member would like to participate in any program or use our facility, we can make modifications to meet your needs. Requests for modifications must be made at least one month before participation.
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.
Get Ready to Grow
Are you ready for growing season? We’ll help you have your best garden yet! Learn how to prepare soil, design a layout and to time planting your seeds just right. We will discuss pollinators and choosing the best plants for your backyard. We will also start our own seeds that you can take home to grow until they are ready to be planted.
Indiana Master Naturalist
The IMN program offers hands-on opportunities to learn about our natural resources. The mission of the IMN program is to bring together natural resource specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana’s plants, water, soils and wildlife, and promote volunteer service in local communities. To complete the IMN program, you must attend at least 6 of the 8 classes and complete 24 volunteer hours within one year of taking the class. At the completion of the course, you will receive an official IMN certificate and pin. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Erica Foreman (email@example.com). No class on 4/23.
Native people lived off the land for their survival. Have you ever wondered which plants are edible? We will take a short hike to identify which plants are edible or poisonous and discuss how our ancestors survived without the local grocery store.
Wild Edible is for adults and Edible Adventure is for youth.
Native wildflower communities are the crowning jewel of any forest habitat as spring arrives. These delicate ephemerals are sensitive to habitat change and require annual monitoring to ensure their long-term sustainability in our park system. Join us to participate in weekly wildflower walks this spring as we will map and monitor the location and bloom time of some of our favorite springtime flowers!
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