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Tentative activities are listed below. The majority occur throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Specific Activity Times

Saturday Only: Indy’s Child Fun Zone in the Cherry Tree area.

New this year: The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience Learning Center.

Join us throughout the day for specialized classes by REI Inc., Leave No Trace and the Central Indiana Wilderness Club.  The Learning Center is located in the shelter house near the Welcome Center.


  • 11 a.m.: Survival State of Mind
  • Noon: Basic Bike Maintenance
  • 1 p.m.: Basic Fire Crafting
  • 2 p.m.: Ultimate Camp Coffee
  • 3 p.m.: Day Hiker Essentials
  • 4 p.m.: Where to Backpack in Indiana


  • 11 a.m.: Map and Compass Basics
  • Noon: Survival State of Mind
  • 1 p.m.: Ultimate Camp Coffee
  • 2 p.m.: Basic Fire Crafting
  • 3 p.m.: Where to Backpack in Indiana
  • 4 p.m.: Day Hiker Essentials

General Activity Schedule


Planned Activities Activity Providers
Mountain Bike Skills Course/Trail Ride Hoosier Mountain Bike Association
Road Bicycling Central Indiana Bicycling Association
Trail Running Indiana Trail Running
Long Distance Back Country Hiking Knobstone Trail Hiking Association
Hiking the Fort Indianapolis Hiking Club
Building Sustainable Hiking Trails Hoosier Hikers Council
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
Camping Skills and Outdoor Cooking Camptown
GaGa Ball Coach Cliff's Gaga Ball Pits
Outdoor Crafts and Games American Camp Association
Deam Wilderness Working Mules Hoosier National Forest
Blueways, Greenways & Trails in Indiana Indiana Greenways Foundation
Map and Compass Indiana Crossroads Orienteering
Horseshoe Pitching Speedway Horseshoe Leagues, and the IN Chapter of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association
Water Well Fun Division of Water
Atlatl Indiana DNR, Indiana State Museum
Mock Archaeological Dig Hamilton County Parks
Golf The Fort Golf Course
Disc Golf Hamilton County Disc Golf Association/The Disc Golf Company
Indiana Cave Information Indiana Karst Conservancy
Can You Dig It? Cope Environmental Center
Backcountry camping crafts, cooking and
packing demonstrations (Sat. 11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m., Sun. 12, 2, 4 p.m.)
Leave No Trace and Central Indiana Wilderness Club
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 Friends of the NRA, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Crossbow Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Friends of the NRA, Indiana Hunter Education Association


Planned Activities Activity Providers
Turkey Hunting Safely Indiana National Wild Turkey Federation
Explore The Outdoors Indiana Children and Nature Network
Building for Wildlife (Saturday only) Indiana Wildlife Federation
Flying Wild Division of Fish & Wildlife
Indiana Wildlife - wild bird banding Division of Fish & Wildlife, Wildlife Diversity Section and Chipper Woods Bird Observatory
Tree Dog Demos Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance
White-tailed Deer Sensory Trail Indiana Deer Hunters Association
Historic and Modern Trapping Indiana State Trappers Association
Field to Table - Mourning Dove Workshop (2:30 p.m.) Division of Fish & Wildlife
Field to Table-Venison Workshop
(10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday only)
Purdue Cooperative Extension
Fish cleaning and cooking Division of Fish & Wildlife
Nature Walk Division of Nature Preserves
Indiana Invasives Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Indiana Native Plants INPAWS
Animalia Animalia
Backyard Conservation Hamilton County SWCD
Remote Control Boats
(Saturday Only)
Indy Admirals
Basic Fishing Division of Fish and Wildlife, Indiana Bass Federation Nation
Voyageur canoes Wilderness Inquiry, Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy
Water Safety  US Army Corps of Engineers
Hands-on Nature and History Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Traditional Outdoor Folk Artisans Traditional Arts Indiana


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