Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience

Grab your family and head over to Fort Harrison State Park this weekend for the ultimate Hoosier Outdoor Experience. On September 21 – 22 from 10 am – 6 pm you’ll be able to experience over 50 activities and 120 grassroots partners for free!  The weather should be perfect to get outside and experience everything from horseback riding to gold panning. Take advantage of all the free outdoor activities/lessons and let your nature freak flag fly.

Parking for the event is at the south parking lot of the Maj. Gen. E.J. Bean Finance Center. Enter off Post Road and use the DNR shutles to travel to Fort Harrison State Park. There is no parking inside the park during the event. IndyGo Route 4 will provide transportation to the event on Saturday only. Biking will not be allowed inside the park during the event and you should leave any pets at home.



Planned Activities Activity Providers
Basic Fishing Division of Fish and Wildlife, Indiana Bass Federation Nation
Canoeing/Kayaking Hoosier Canoe Club, Friends of the White River, IYAK, Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy
Remote Control Boats
(Saturday Only)
Indy Admirals
Fish cleaning and cooking Division of Fish & Wildlife
Water Cycle Fun Upper White River Watershed Alliance
Reel Kids Casting Indiana Bass Federation
Historic and Modern Trapping Indiana State Trappers Association
Field to Table-Venison Workshop
(10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday only)
Purdue Cooperative Extension
Building for Wildlife (Saturday only) Indiana Wildlife Federation
Turkey Hunting Safely Indiana National Wild Turkey Federation
White-tailed Deer Sensory Trail Indiana Deer Hunters Association
Field to Table Waterfowl Workshop (2:30 p.m.) Division of Fish & Wildlife
Critter Chat Animalia
Indiana Wildlife Division of Fish & Wildlife, Wildlife Diversity Section and Wild Birds Unlimited
Tree Dog Demos Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance
Ducks, Dogs and Decoys Ducks Unlimited
Backyard Conservation Hamilton County SWCD
Indiana Native Plants INPAWS
Tree Stand Safety
Guided Tree ID hikes Division of Forestry
Shotgun Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Friends of the NRA, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Pellet Rifle Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Friends of the NRA, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Archery Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Bowhunting Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Crossbow Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Atlatl Indiana State Museum
Mock Archaeological Dig Hamilton County Parks
Historic Trivia Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology
Museum of 20th Century Warfare Museum of 20th Century Warfare
Traditional Outdoor Folk Artisans Traditional Arts Indiana
Horseback riding (ages 8+) Hoosier Trail Rides
Pony rides (ages 7 and under) Brown County Saddle Barn
Equestrian Leave No Trace Indiana Horse Council
Back-country Dutch Oven Cooking Indiana Trail Riders Association
Back-country Horse Packing Hoosier Backcountry Horsemen
Tractor-drawn Hay Rides
Indiana Cave Simulator Indiana Karst Conservancy
Hiking the Fort Indianapolis Hiking Club
Can You Dig It? Cope Environmental Center
Gold Panning Indiana Chapter of Gold Prospecting Association of America
Camping crafts, cooking and
packing demonstrations (11 a.m., noon, 2, 3 p.m.)
Leave No Trace and Central Indiana Wilderness Club
Building Sustainable Hiking Trails Hoosier Hikers Council
Mountain Bike Skills Course/Trail Ride Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and Central Indiana Bicycling Association
Map and Compass Indiana Crossroads Orienteering
Geocaching Indy Area Geocachers
Off-Road Rides JPFROG Off-Roaders and INFWDA
Outdoor Crafts and Games American Camp Association
Camping Skills and Outdoor Cooking Camptown
Disc Golf Hamilton County Disc Golf Association/The Disc Golf Company
Tiny Tots Mini-bike Rides ABATE of Indiana
Snowmobiling In Indiana Indiana Snowmobile Association
Climbing Wall Renfro Productions and the Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show
Hands-on Nature and History Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Girl Scouts Outdoor Fun Central Indiana Girl Scouts
Golf The Fort Golf Course
Blueways, Greenways & Trails in Indiana Indiana Greenways Foundation
Monkey Bridge and Scouting Activities Northeast District, Crossroads of America, Boy Scouts of America
Road Bicycling and Bicycle Safety Central Indiana Bicycle Association (CIBA), with Bicycles provided by Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI)
Horseshoe Pitching Speedway Horseshoe Leagues, and the IN Chapter of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association
Explore The Outdoors Indiana Children and Nature Network
Edible Mushrooms Hoosier Mushroom Society
SPR Go! Indiana State Park Inns
Mother Natures Mercantile
DNR items for purchase
Indiana State Park Inns


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