Fishers Parks is on a mission to help residents get out into nature and unplug from their busy lives. One of the creative ways they are doing this is with their Nature Exploration Backpack program, which encourages families to rent a backpack full of items that will help them explore the great outdoors.
Renting a Nature Exploration Backpack
Nature Exploration Backpacks are free to rent. The backpacks are tailored toward kids, teens, and adults, and each pack includes different items. Each pack will include field guides, a map of all the parks and trails around Fishers, binoculars and magnifying glasses, and other items, like a net and bug catcher in the kids and teens pack.
Nature Exploration Backpacks can be checked out for up to seven days and can be picked up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Fishers Park Office (8100 E 106th Street, Fishers). A copy of an adult’s driver’s license is required to rent a backpack.
Call (317) 595-3150 to check on backpack availability or to place a backpack on hold for your upcoming adventure.
Where to Use Your Nature Exploration Backpack
Once you have your Nature Exploration Backpack, you’re all set to hit the trail or explore a park. Many parks and trails around Fishers are great for families to explore.
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Fishers Parks to Explore:
Flat Fork Creek Park
16141 E 101 Street, Fishers
On the east side of Fishers is Flat Fork Creek Park, which is known for its 60-foot sledding hill, which is the tallest point in Hamilton County. The park also offers several inclusive amenities, including treehouses that are perfect for observing wildlife or enjoying the scenic view of Flat Fork Creek. The paved multi-use trail and boardwalk loop around the park are ADA accessible.
Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve
10410 Hague Road, Fishers
With more than 120 acres and nine trails, Richey Woods Nature Preserve would be a great location to try out your rented backpacks. This nature preserve is a great place for bird watching and wildlife sightings so the binoculars will come in handy. This park is all nature — no playground available — and includes a beautiful creek and picnic tables to stop for lunch.
Roy G. Holland Memorial Park
1 Park Drive, Fishers
Try out one of the several multi-use trails at Roy G. Holland Park, and then let the kids play on the huge playground (and splash pad, which is open throughout the warmer months). This park also has a sand volleyball court, bask.
Brooks School Park
11780 Brooks School Rd.
Brooks School Park is one of the city’s more popular parks and includes the Born Learning Trail, a United Way program featuring ten interactive activities for pre-school-age children as they walk (or run) along the trail. The park also offers an inclusive, ADA-accessible playground and is the only park in the system to include a horseshoe pit.