Indy Parks' Hands You the Natural Wonders of Our World
Local Parks Provide a Plethora of Earth-Friendly Education
August 01, 2010At Indy Parks, an environmental educational "EDventure" is at your fingertips. Without leaving Marion County, you can explore the world and empower your kids to become the next Daniel Boone. It's a true nature experience in an urban environment, with a lifetime of memories courtesy of Mother Earth.
Hooray for Holliday Park
One of Indianapolis' oldest parks, Holliday Park is nestled along the banks of the White River with 95 acres of woodland and trails, an arboretum, native prairie and nature center. Keep your binoculars handy—bird watchers have spotted more than 200 species while hiking the trails that wind through the forest. Keep your eyes on the ground, too—deer, fox, beaver and rabbits call this place home. The "Naturalist on the Loose" class mixes kids and nature to foster a great time for exploring. There's no telling what surprises await around the bend in the trail.
Mysteries at Eagle Creek
Indy Parks' naturalists don't just tell you the names of creepy crawly insects or the name of that big leafy tree—they take you on a hike and show you. At Eagle Creek Park's Ornithology Center, you will set off on a Sunday morning bird walk, paddle along Eagle Creek in a canoe with a naturalist and enjoy the wildlife. Or simply grab a bucket of worms and a pole to learn the right way to fish. The Earth Discovery Center is a treasure trove of nature games and displays, and there are some friendly critter cages too, waiting just for you.
Plant your feet in Garfield Conservatory
The Garfield Conservatory and Sunken Garden is minutes away from downtown, but seems like a different "greener" world with over 10,000 square feet of tropical plants from around the world. With four fish ponds and a splendid waterfall, it's the perfect setting for naturalists to offer workshops and demonstrations to perfect your green thumb. Face your fears at the "Amazing Arachnids" class and check out the Conservatory's resident spiders up close and personal. Or take a "Tree ID Hike" with your family and start gathering for your leaf collection. The Sunken Garden's graceful historic fountains, paved walkways and benches throughout the landscape make it a gorgeous and relaxing retreat from city life. The gardens are planted with three different seasonal displays a year.
Surprising Southeastway Park
It's a "buggy ride" with Indy Parks at Southeastway Park's 18th Annual Bug Fest on August 29. Check out the Insect Café, Cricket Spitting, Monarch Tagging, Butterfly Tent and Bug Man Bill and join the swarms of people getting their Doctor of Bugology degrees by visiting 10 or more buggy stations. Have some family fun exploring 80 acres of forest, a pond and wetland, open fields, a prairie and Buck Creek. It's why we always find fun surprises at Southeastway Park.
Ready for a road less travelled? Indy Parks has 12 more natural resource areas kept in their original wild state. Grab your hiking boots and butterfly net and become one with nature at Indy Parks. For more information about all the programs and activities available at Indy Parks, check out our Fun Guide by visiting www.indyparks.org or call 327-PARK.