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Volunteers needed for Hoosier Outdoor Experience

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Volunteers needed for Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 17-18

Volunteers are needed to help with Indiana’s largest, hands-on outdoor recreation event, the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 17-18.

Held at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis, the free event of the Indiana DNR features more than 50 activities and 120 grassroots partners, providing the public opportunities to learn about the outdoors.

Each day, the event opens to the public at 9 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Volunteers and staff are on site an hour before opening and an hour after gates close for setup and tear-down.

More information is available at www.hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov.

To volunteer, contact Cheryl Hampton at (317) 232-1002 or champton@dnr.in.gov.

Not too late to go camping

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

There are DNR campsites/cabins available for Independence Day weekend, so time still remains to plan a holiday outing.

“The weather is supposed to be good, so if people haven’t made plans yet, there are still plenty of great opportunities out there,” said Christie Wilmoth, business services program director for the DNR State Parks & Reservoirs.

As with any other time, reservations can be made online for campsites until 11:59 p.m. the night before arrival, or until 8 p.m. the night before arrival through the call center. The minimum stay at a campsite for the upcoming weekend is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with checkout on Monday, July 4.

Reservations for shelters can be made until two days prior to arrival. To reserve a cabin, campsite or shelter, visit www.camp.IN.gov or call 1-866-6CAMPIN.

If you want to camp but haven’t made up your mind where to go or just need more information, property maps and facility information can be viewed at www.stateparks.IN.gov.

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Free fishing weekend June 4-5

If you want to go fishing but haven’t purchased a license, you’re in luck: this weekend is the free fishing weekend courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

This weekend, no one will be required to have a fishing license in order to fish.  There are also numerous events scheduled in conjunction with this event.

Press release from the DNR:

Outdoor fun only started with Memorial Day weekend.

Free Fishing Weekend, June 4-5, provides a chance for kids and adults to participate at recreation areas located across Indiana that are planning fun fishing derbies, casting clinics, fish-cleaning demonstrations and cooking classes.

A list of the many sites offering special events for kids for the weekend can be found here

Free Fishing Weekend also is a great chance for Hoosier adults who don’t fish or haven’t for a while to take a child fishing. That’s because Indiana’s adult residents do not need a license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana waters during Free Fishing Weekend. With children age 17 and younger not needing a fishing license at any time, it’s a perfect match. All other fishing regulations are still in effect during Free Fishing Weekend.

Individuals who need reasonable modifications for effective participation in Free Fishing Weekend events at DNR properties should contact the property at least 72 hours before the event or call the DNR ADA Coordinator at (317) 232-4145.

May 28-30: Civil War Days at Spring Mill SP

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Step back in time at Spring Mill State Park’s inaugural Civil War Days, May 28-30, as the park recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

This event will be packed with battle reenactments, speakers, demonstrations, and encampments starting at 2:30 p.m. on both Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, in the Pioneer Village.

Guests can take part in a Civil War-era ball on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Sycamore Shelter. Women will be dressed in their finest frocks of the day, dancing to music from the mid-1800s.

On Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m., reenactors of President Abraham Lincoln and Governor Oliver P. Morton, along with soldiers and pioneers, will be in Hamer Cemetery for a memorial service to honor the soldiers lost during the Civil War.

The park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle for Indiana residents and $7 per vehicle for out-of-state visitors will be in effect.

For more information, contact Coletta Prewitt at (812) 849-3534, cprewitt@dnr.in.gov or Norm Taylor at taylornorm53@yahoo.com.

Try your hand at Adventure Racing

If you aren’t familiar with the concept, Adventure Racing (AR) is a variation on the sport of human-powered racing.  Aside from the “standard” skills of swimming, bicycling, running or hiking, an adventure race might also involve orienteering, rappelling, rock-climbing or even scuba diving.  Basically, race organizers draw a line through the roughest terrain possible and turn the participants loose.

The sport is also set aside from other types of racing by running for long periods, frequently 24 hours and sometimes even over several days.  In some cases, the participants must carry a full backpack of gear to deal with the challenges.

We have never participated in such a race but have been intrigued about the possibilities.  We are seriously considering entering what seems like a great way to figuratively and literally get our feet wet in AR: the 18-hour MISSION Lite race May 7 in scenic (and rugged) Brown County.  The race is sponsored by DINO (Doing Indiana Off-Road)

According to DINO:

The MISSION Lite offers beginner adventure racers a chance to see what it’s all about. A shorter, 4-hour cutoff; less complex navigation; and reduced gear list allow an introductory taste of AR.

Participants travel by foot, bicycle, and canoe in teams (or in the Solo division), using map and compass to find checkpoints. Each team must stay together the entire race. Along the way, they will encounter various natural and manmade challenges that test physical and mental ability and creativity.

For those up to the challenge, a solo division is offered.

The course is designed to keep most participants going all 18 hours, creating a dramatic finish line setting where family and friends can cheer for their team as they emerge from the darkness.

Sounds like our cup of tea…or hemlock.

For more information visit:

DINO Indiana: Mountain Bike, Trail Run, Off-road Triathlon, and Adventure Racing.


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Marsh Madness This Weekend

Tickets on sale for March’s Marsh Madness festival

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:


Marsh Madness, a community-based March bird festival featuring the sandhill crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, is set for March 4-6, based in Linton’s Humphrey’s Park.

Festivities kick off March 4 at 6:30 p.m. with a sneak peak of the Bill Barnes documentary “Goose Pond: A Story of a Wetlands and Its Neighbors,” set at the Linton Elks’ Lodge. In addition to the documentary, there will be a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash
bar. All proceeds from the March 4 event will go toward the Goose Pond visitors center.

Tickets that include the March 4 activities and festival admission on March 5 are limited and available now. For information see http://www.marshmadness.info.

Cost is $35 for single and $50 for a couple. A limited number of tables
for eight and 10 people also are available. Those without tickets on
March 5 will be charged a $5 entrance fee. Children younger than 3 will
be admitted free on March 5.  Admission on March 6 is free for all.

Festival goers can attend workshops on such topics as photography,
bird banding and backyard wildlife habitat at various venues in
Humphrey’s Park and in Linton. Activities for kids will include art and
coloring contests, and bird house and bird feeder construction. Some
festival workshops, such as the one on photography, require advance
registration at (812) 847-0165.

On March 5, self-guided tours of the surrounding area to marvel at
the annual bird migration will be offered.  Hourly guided bus tours from
Humphrey Park’s East Cabin will be offered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Leslie
Grow, from the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center at Hardy Lake will give
presentations and display several birds of prey, including a bald

A craft and vendor fair will also be held during the day March 5, and on March 6, from noon-5 p.m., at Humphrey’s Park.

Some workshops and seminars will take place at other venues in
Linton, such as the Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center of Greene County.

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