It has been over two years since the Children of Indiana Nature Park was officially dedicated to all of Indiana’s 1.1 million K-12 students! Do you know each of those K-12 students have their very own spot in the Park? Nature-IN Deeds each have GPS coordinates that are as unique as each student. Help your kids claim their very own spot in nature!
Kids, by giving you your own piece of nature, we hope you will be inspired to:
Celebrate Nature Near You
The Children of Indiana Nature Park is in Centerville, Indiana. We hope you can visit our beautiful natural area, but if it is too far away, there are other great options! The Nature Center Network was created so that every child could easily find a natural area within an hour’s drive. These nature centers are found throughout the state and offer opportunities for you to engage in our natural world. Find nature near you and get outside!
Share Your Nature Adventure
Show us what your natural experiences mean to you! We host several contests each year that encourage kids to get outside and explore! Past contests have included, photography, poems, and illustrated stories. Learn about our contests and show us what you love about nature in Indiana!
Care for Your Land
In the first two years, some changes have taken place at the Park. In May 2018, Kids to Parks Day was held at the Children of Indiana Nature Park. Kids planted 3,000 trees! An old hay field was replanted with native hardwoods such as red oaks, paw paws, and buckeyes. Kids like you learned how to use the special tree-planting tools and the importance of using a variety of native tree species. These young trees that kids helped plaint will someday grow into a beautiful forest! Kids to Parks Day will be celebrated again in 2019.
This past fall the Park helped to organize Boy Scout troops from across Central Indiana with their community service project, Good Turn for Nature. Parks and natural areas throughout Indiana hosted roughly 200 scouts in hands-on conservation activities including clean-ups and invasive species removal. At Bitternut Woods in Hamilton County, scouts spent over 200 hours caring for their land by removing invasive honeysuckle! These scouts are nature heroes because they are learning how to care for their land