Outdoor Fun

While it is important to learn about nature so that we can learn to love our land, it is also vital for human health and well-being to spend time outside.  There are many fun things to do outdoors, and this page will help you find some of them.  You can love your land and take care of your health!

  • T-Shirt Contest
  • Find Nature Near You
  • Volunteer Opportunities
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Nature Inspires Me: T-Shirt Design Contest

Are there scenes from Indiana's natural world that inspire you to get artistic?  If so, put your art and interpretation skills to the test!  From now until April 27 we want you to design a T-Shirt inspired by a landscape, natural area, or wildlife in Indiana. Using two colors, one for the background and one for the design drawing or "ink", show us what inspires you about Indiana's natural world. Contest winners will get a T-Shirt with their design printed on it!

Read the downloadable contest rules, then submit your entires to childrenofindianaturepark@tnc.org
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"Why I Love This Wild Animal" Poetry Contest Winners

The "Why I Love This Wild Animal" poetry contest results are in! Congratulations to Mari of Unionville Elementary School and to Amani of Perry Central Junior-Senior High School who had their poems chosen by Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner and poet Kyle Craig of the indiana Writers Center! Click here to read the chosen poems and the rest of our great submissions!
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Photography Contest Winners

Thank you to all the groups who submitted pictures to our photo contest! After a random drawing, Shanon Miranda Photography's "Photographing the Wild" kids class was selected to receive a new SLR camera for their photography club. To learn more about this Evansville group that frequents their local nature center, the Wesselman Nature Society, click here!

Finding Nature Near You

Getting outside and connecting with nature is essential to creating healthier minds and bodies. If you cannot get to the Children of Indiana Nature Park in person, we can help you find parks and natural areas near you to visit.
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Bicentennial Nature Center Network

The Bicentennial Nature Center Network is comprised of partner nature centers to the Children of Indiana Nature Park. These parks and conservation advocates from around the state are able to teach the Bicentennial Nature Center Network curriculum listed on this website, and would be excited to host you and your groups.  View the Bicentennial Nature Center Network participants to find a park near you.  Download the Bicentennial Nature Center Network list or the Bicentennial Nature Center Network map to find a park near you!
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The Nature Conservancy's Nature Preserves

Since the 1960's The Nature Conservancy in Indiana has focused on its mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.  Many of these protected places are open and accessible to visitors.  To discover a beautiful protected place to visit near you, learn about The Nature Conservancy in Indiana's Places We Protect
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State Parks & Nature Preserves

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.   In doing so, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has created and maintains State Parks, Fish & Wildlife Areas, State Forests, Nature Preserves and Trails for the protection of our land and for Hoosier enjoyment.  Find a DNR location near you to explore!
 

Looking to Volunteer?

If you are looking for ways you can give back to nature and get outside, The Children of Indiana Nature Park partners and network can help.  The following list provides hands-on opportunities to show that you care for nature by caring for Hoosier parks, preserves, and organizations.
 

The Children of Indiana Nature Park

Over time, we will be making changes to The  Children of Indiana Nature Park property to make the land as healthy as possible.  There will be opportunities for you to care for your Park, so check this page periodically to learn about the next opportunity to nurture your land at The Children of Indiana Nature Park!

Bicentennial Nature Center Network Parks

Conner Prairie (Hamilton County)

Cope Environmental Center (Wayne County)

Eagle Creek (Marion County)

Holliday Park (Marion County)

Indianapolis Zoo (Marion County)

Metea County Park (Allen County)

Moser Park Nature Center (Allen County)

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge (Jackson County)

Nina Mason Pulliam Ecolab at Marian University (Marion County)‚Äč

Red-tail Land Conservancy (Delaware County)

Rum Village Nature Center (St. Joseph County)

Shirely Heinze Land Trust (Porter County)

Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve (Vanderburgh County)

Woodlawn Nature Center (Elkhart County)