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Free Entry to Indiana State Parks on September 11

In so many ways, it’s hard to believe it has been 10 years since the tragedies of September 11. I remember hearing about the World Trade Center while heading out to my first class of the morning my senior year at Butler University. Later that day, I remember taking a long walk through Holcomb Gardens on campus to try to clear my head.

Many Americans will mark this anniversary in a variety of ways. Some in prayer, some in solitude. One way I’ve always tried to find peace in troubled times is to spend time in nature. In that spirit, the Indiana Department of  Natural Resources has waived the entry fee to state parks, reservoirs and forests on Sunday, September 11. More information, including participating properties, is available here.

Shades State Park

A quiet hike in the woods with your family is a great way to escape the graphic images that will likely flicker on television all day long this Sunday. Or maybe a picnic, a few hours spent fishing, or some birdwatching is more your speed. Regardless, do consider getting outdoors on this occasion.

This is also a great time to visit the park system. The weather has cooled but the fall foliage seekers haven’t started arriving in mass yet. If you’re looking for a few ideas as to which park to visit or what to do while there, I’ve written several posts about some of my favorite state parks.

The freedom to spend a Sunday afternoon doing whatever I want is something I hold dear to my heart as an American. Perhaps you’ll choose to spend it at one of Indiana’s natural beauties this Sunday.

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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.