Getting out into nature and exploring all the wonders it has to offer has so many physical, mental and emotional benefits to the human body. Taking a simple and relaxing stroll in the woods can almost certainly brighten any mood. Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is one of many amazing environments throughout Indiana that is beneficial to the human spirit!
Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve in Fishers
Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is quite special to our family. It’s just a short drive from our home, but once we enter the magnificent woods of this gorgeous nature preserve, it becomes a lovely and serene retreat from the noise and distractions of the city.
Things for Kids to do at Ritchey Woods
My son really enjoys taking his butterfly net and insect container to play ‘Explorer’ at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. The woods become his natural playground! No need for swings and slides, when you have several trails and wildlife to discover throughout the preserve! My family usually packs a picnic to take along as there are several designated picnic areas and shelters throughout the preserve. We usually plan a nature scavenger hunt to do as a family on our hikes along the trails. During one of our last visits to Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, we spotted several deer, woodpeckers and squirrels, and butterflies throughout our hike! All the wildlife sightings made for an exciting scavenger hunt! Here are ideas to create your own nature scavenger hunt!
Hours and Location for Ritchey Woods
Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is located at 10410 Hague Road in Fishers. It is free to the public and open daily from dawn to dusk. The preserve is approximately 127 acres. Come enjoy a break from your normal daily activities by going on a self-guided tour or enjoy a naturalist-led program. There are also opportunities to participate in various children’s programs throughout the year.
StoryWalk at Ritchey Woods
The newest addition to Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is a StoryWalk. Parents and children can walk along a trail and read a book together from a series of pages posted along the trail. New books are placed along the StoryTrail on the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. You can join in on the monthly book reveal during hands-on nature-based activities and a guided hike with a local librarian and naturalist.
Second Nature Exploration Backpacks
Fishers Parks and Recreation has a program called Second Nature Exploration Backpacks where children and adults can check out or borrow a backpack that contains field guides, binoculars, and other useful items to help explore local parks and outdoor areas.
Features of Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve
- Bike Racks
- Nature Trails
- Picnic Shelters
- Picnic Tables
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10410 Hague Rd