Celebrate the abundant natural wonders of Indiana's outdoors at this festival that invites guests to explore Indiana's natural history through hands-on activities and exhibits. Last year's festival included meet-n-greets with Hedgehog Hannah and other unique animals, falcon talks with the Audubon Society and an interactive activity to help people differentiate bees, wasps and flies.
Nature Hikes by the river and on the prairie with experienced local naturalists. Nature Hikes will start once an hour at 15 past, the first starting at 10:15 a.m., and the last starting at 4:15 p.m. We will meet at the Treetop Outpost trailhead.
Animal Meet and Greet with Hedgehog Hannah at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Falcon Talks with the Audubon Society of Indiana that includes a chance to meet a bird at 11 am and 1 pm at the Clowes Common bump out, and Providence Wildlife Rehabilitation with animals from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meet Adoptable Dogs with the Hamilton County Humane Society from 10 – 2 on the lawn next to Featherston Barn.
Learn the difference between bees, wasps and flies at Civil War Journey, just across the bridge, ongoing all day.
Ask a Master Gardener with the Purdue Master Gardeners in the Conner House area, ongoing all day
Fun at The Pond – Catch bugs and identify them, and do catch-and-release fishing in our pond (with the tram service) – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visit with Naturalist Groups like Purdue Climate Change Research Center, National Weather Service, Fishers Stormwater Utility, and Audubon Society to learn about what these organizations are doing in our community and participate in hands-on activities.
Treetop Outpost Huddles (quick learning opportunities for nature lovers of all ages) will be hosted four times throughout the day at the Treetop Amphitheater.