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Hoosier Outdoor Experience

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is a first-of-its-kind event in Indiana with nearly four dozen outdoor recreational activities that participants can try on for size.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 26 and Sept. 27) at Fort Harrison State Park..
[NOTE: Approximately 1,000 third-grade students from Indianapolis schools will take part in a scaled-down version of the Hoosier Outdoor Experience from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. Friday activities are closed to the general public but media are welcome to attend.]

Research and popular writing have explored the growing disconnect between humans, particularly children, and nature while stressing the importance of reestablishing that natural connection (i.e., Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods). The Hoosier Outdoor Experience bridges that gap by introducing outdoor recreational opportunities to people who may be interested in a healthy, active lifestyle but lack information needed to become a participant.

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, with generous sponsorship support from foundations, businesses and conservation groups.

This is a free event, but pre-registration is requested (visit and click on the Hoosier Outdoor Experience logo to learn how).


- Members of the media are welcome all three days at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, but remember that Friday's program is focused on students. Please contact Phil Bloom in advance at 317-232-4003 or at 317-502-1683 during the event.

- Vehicle access to Fort Harrison State Park will be restricted during the event. Shuttle busses will transport visitors to and from offsite parking areas. Media needing special consideration due to equipment should call in advance.

- In conjunction with the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, the inaugural class of inductees to the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame will be honored during a banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at The Garrison, Fort Harrison State Park. For information, call Bourke Patton at (317) 234-5447

Phil Bloom, DNR Division of Communications, office (317) 232-4003 or cell (317) 502-1683.
To watch hunting and fishing videos online, check out USA Outback Outdoor TV at