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Hoosier Outdoor Experience September 17-18

One of the causes that I’m truly passionate about is getting kids in the great outdoors more often. The difference in my son’s demeanor when he’s had ample time to play outside and when he’s been stuck inside is astonishing. The research I’ve read certainly supports what I’ve learned anecdotally for myself. Plus, Mother Nature provides the kind of fun that you’ll never find on television or through a video game.

A great event scheduled for next month called the Hoosier Outdoor Experience will make the enjoyment of being outdoors even more fun and more accessible for those of all ages and interests. And you’re certain to learn a few things along the way.

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience on September 17 and 18 is the largest hands-on outdoor recreation event in the state. Held at Fort Harrison State Park on the northeastside of Indianapolis, there are more than 50 activities to try, from the exotic (like flint knapping, cowboy mounted shooting, and gold panning) to the more typical and yet equally fun (canoeing, hiking, and hunting).

There are many activities geared toward children, such as pony rides and introductory fishing lessons. And what kid wouldn’t want to check out remote control boats or a mock archeological dig?

A complete list of activities is available here. I’d love to take the Beginning Birding class, since my son has recently been asking me to identify birds we see in our backyard. (And I usually respond with a blank stare.) Or maybe I’d try the Dutch Oven Cooking class and improve some of the meals we prepare while camping.  You are sure to find something for everyone in your group!

The event is FREE, but registration is required. You can also sign up to volunteer and lend some time to this very worthy cause.

Photo courtesy of the Hoosier Outdoor Experience.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.