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Free Admission to State Parks May 4 for all Hoosier families

May 3-May 4 is Welcome Back Weekend at Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs!  Veterans receive free admission on May 3, and all visitors enter for free on May 4.  Admission to most state parks is ordinarily $5 per in-state vehicle.

Welcome back weekend

Find your nearest state park or reservoir using this interactive map.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a lot of fun ways to connect with our natural heritage.  Kids and families can participate in Hoosier Quest, which is designed to introduce young Hoosiers to the diversity of natural and cultural resources in the state parks.  Upon completion, participants earn certificates and patches.

Discover patchConnect patchExplore patch

Geocaching is another popular outdoor activity.  Find out more about geocaching safely and legally in Indiana state parks here.

Geocaching in Dunes State Park

The Indiana Recreation Guide lists special events happening all across the state, including 5K and adventure races, summer solstice celebrations, native plants sales, and family fall festivals.

2014 Indiana Recreation Guide

Be sure to check out DNR’s monthly magazine Outdoor Indianasubscribe or check it out at the library!

 

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Simplified Batik

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Kiki (April/May 2014)

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Make a Greek Vase

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DIG (February 2014)

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Flex Your Science Muscles with Induction & Deduction

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Odyssey (January 2014)

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Play some soccer

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Sports Illustrated Kids (March 2014)

 

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Downloadable Foldables: Origami for Ebooks

Want to share the downloadable book, magazine, audiobook and music fun?

Folding instructions:

1) Print and cut out the Cootie Catcher image.

2) Place with printed side up and fold in half crossways.  Open the paper back up, and fold in half again in the opposite direction.

3) Flip the paper over so the blank side is up.  Fold corners into center.

4) Turn over (printed side up), and fold corners into center again.

5) Turn over so the circles are on top.  Slide your thumb and forefinger behind 2 tabs and gently press together so they meet.  Repeat with the other side until all four points meet in the middle.

Playing instructions:

1) Choose a symbol and alternate directions opening the cootie catcher as you spell the word.

2) Choose which type of downloadable you’re interested in and lift the flap to find out how to access it!

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