We're taking kids to an amazing new place.It's called outside.

Time spent outside with nature goes a long way toward creating a happy, healthy childhood. So we're giving kids a place they can call their own. Literally.

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This land is your land. So get a deed.

Our goal is to provide a deed to a piece of our park to every elementary, middle school and high school student in Indiana.

Get the deeds
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Nature Feature: Little Brown Bat

Known as the “little brown bat,” little brown myotis is one of the most common bats in North America. Myotis is its genus name and refers to “mouse-eared bats.”  Their wingspan is between eight and ten inches with bodies between two and four inches long and female bats are usually larger than males. Little brown bats can fly... more.

Learn about other plants and animals on the MY LAND page.

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Outdoor Fun: Opportunities for Young Nature Photographers

Between now and October 14th, we are accepting photos for two nature photography contests.  For the first contest, your classroom or group can win a SLR camera. ​Winners in the second contest will have their photos displayed at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.  Visit the Outdoor Fun page for more information!

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Nature Center Feature: Woodlawn Nature Center

Located in northeast Indiana in Elkhart County, Woodlawn Nature Center has a mission to connect people with nature, natural history, and the environment. With woods, nationally certified outdoor classroom, and a natural history museum, it hosts field trips, programs, and special interest groups.
Inside Woodlawn Nature Center find a dinosaur digging cave, a wildlife viewing window, fish native to our area, a recreated wigwam with extensive Native artifacts, a tribute to Indiana’s natural history, insect collection, loose parts play area, musical instruments from around the world, mammals, birds, and much more! Be sure to say hi to the Eastern Box Turtle!

Outside Woodlawn Nature Center hosts a developing, nationally certified outdoor classroom and playscape with nature art, messy materials, digging, water, open play, climbing, and other areas for children to connect with nature as part of a nationally certified outdoor classroom. There are also 10 acres of woods with trails winding throughout. Plan your visit to our Bicentennial Nature Center Partner, Woodlawn Nature Center, for curriculumn and programs tied to the Children's Park.

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