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!

If you are looking for fun summer activities, our Nature Center Network has lots of events for everyone! Click here to see the list of activties.

  • Comic Contest
  • Find Nature Near You
  • Volunteer Opportunities
boy writing outside

Comic Contest

March 1 - May 31 create an illustrated story or comic strip inspired by something in nature that is special to you and something that you have done or seen in Indiana. We want to see a meaningful nature moment, favorite Indiana animals, or anything else nature-related in comic form!  Pick from 1-panel, 2-panel, or 3-panel options to tell your story!

Please read the Official Rules and we can't wait to see your stories!
Daisy with birdhouse

Build a Birdhouse Contest Winner

Daisy from Bartholomew County won our "Build a Birdhouse" contest! She built it so bluebirds, sparrows, and wrens might take shelter and raise their young there. She wants to watch these birds take care of their babies and plans to mount the birdhouse to a tree in her family's yard.

Congratulations, Daisy, on your good work learning how to care for our Indiana birds!

Tshirt contest winner with teacher and reps from TNC and CEC

Nature Inspires Me T-Shirt Contest Winner

The T-shirt design contest winner, Lillie from Promise Road Elementary School brought the Children of Indiana Nature Park to her school for Nature Burst! This celebration of nature was an opportunity for 700 students to receive their Nature IN-Deeds and learn to care for our natural world. Read the rest of the story here.
kid with camera

Past Contests

Want to see past contests and winners? 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.
Bicentennial Legacy Project Logo

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!
The Nature Conservancy in Indiana logo

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
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Logo

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)