Treetop Outpost is an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project as part of the Bicentennial Nature Center Network, a statewide coalition created to ensure that all Hoosier youth have access to environmental education and creative outdoor experiences within 60 miles of where they live.
The Treetop Outpost also includes this 30-foot suspension bridge and a connecting Nature Walk that leads visitors through the woods and along the White River to a prairie lookout.
Some of the Stats:
- Size of entire experience: 6,000 square feet, not including an adjoining and existing Nature Walk
- Square footage of art, building, digging and music-making areas: 2,600 square feet combined
- Height of centerpiece treehouse: 45 feet (four stories)
- Cost of experience: $783,832
- Contractor: Hagerman Construction
- Capacity of entire experience: 175-200 guests, excluding the Nature Walk
- Capacity of just treehouse alone: 81
What does all of this mean for you? More time spent outdoors with your family in an engaging location full of whimsy, nature and art. All ages are sure to find something that intrigues them, whether it’s the reading nook, speaking tubes, sharing shelf, nature trail, musical instruments or any of the many hands-on art experiences created by Hoosier artists. As I asked the kids and adults their favorite aspects of the newest Conner Prairie addition, I was surprised to get a new answer by each person. It’s not just a treetop structure but a fun way to explore the natural world, art and music.
“Our goal is to help get children and families outdoors to investigate, explore, create and imagine,” said Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman O. Burns. “Our focus with Treetop Outpost is to spark visitors’ curiosity about how people throughout history used nature for necessity and inspiration, how we use natural resources today and how we can preserve those resources for the future.”
The blending of activity with history is seamless because the focus is on exploring and creating with natural resources, including wood, clay and stone–it encourages guests to think about how people in the past used nature for necessity and inspiration.
To say it simply, this fabulous resource at Conner Prairie will be visited many times by all of us here at Indy’s Child. Personally, I am head over heals for this exhibit and can not wait to discover something new each time I visit. (PS, want more sneak peek pics? Scoot over to our Instagram page!}
MORE INFO: The Treetop Outpost is located on the northwest side of the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park grounds. Entrance is free with general admission. Conner Prairie is located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers. Call 317-776-6000 or visit connerprairie.org for additional details.
Shelly Bergman is a freelance writer who began writing in 2013 after the birth of her daughter. After being away from Indiana for 6 years, she has brought her family back to the place her heart belongs. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Indy, working on projects for her new home, or planning yet another Disney vacation. Above all, her deepest passion is her family. She loves adventuring with her travel sidekick Sophie (2), playing board games with her husband Jeffrey, and enjoying the park with her dog Lexi. When she’s not crafting or writing for her blog DIY Mama she is working as a personal home organizer. Follow along in her adventures at @shellybergman on Instagram or on Twitter.