The Department of Natural Resources decided to end this beloved program after 2017.

My family and I love to spend our weekends at state parks.  State parks offer a great way to get out and enjoy some fresh air, exercise, and learn more about our state.  Unfortunately, living in the city is often about as far away from nature as you can get.  A lot of Indiana’s parks are located at least an hour or two from our home.  The one exception is Fort Harrison State Park, located right here on the east side of Indianapolis.

This weekend, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation have teamed up to present the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, right here at Fort Harrison State Park!  At the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, you and your family have the opportunity to try out any of more than fifty different activities including fishing, horseback and pony riding, a rock wall, and a mock archaeological dig.  There will also be demonstrations and talks, such as Critter Chats from Animalia and Tree Dog Demos from the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance.  With so many choices, you’re sure to find something that will appeal to everyone, from the smallest to the biggest.

The 2013 Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience takes place September 21 and 22, 10:00-6:00 both days.  I suggest getting there pretty early to beat the crowds and have time to enjoy as much as you’d like.  Admission and all activities are free, there will be food and souvenirs available for purchase.  For all the details visit their website at Hoosier Outdoor Experience.