DNR offers virtual state park programs

From Local Sources

State park interpretive naturalists are working online now as the public stays home.

As a result, at-home “park visitors” who are unable to enjoy state park features interpreters normally provide, like in-person nature hikes and programs, can enjoy virtual hikes, presentations and live-streaming programs from their homes.

Topics include wildflower walks; nature talks; live, captive animal feedings; history programs; craft tutorials; preschool programs; property tours; and more. Program length ranges from five to 50 minutes, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“People’s day-to-day activities have changed, slowed, or stopped altogether because of COVID-19, but nature keeps on moving,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “Our interpretive naturalists are dedicated to sharing the outdoors, virtually, to keep Hoosiers engaged and uplifted.”

Upcoming virtual programs can be found at calendar.dnr.IN.gov. Locate them by typing “Virtual” in the Keyword Search. You can also go to stateparks.IN.gov and click next to the turtle photo on “Find a Virtual Program.” All state parks’ virtual programs are listed together here.

The DNR urges families to check out their favorite park’s Facebook page to look for videos. Search the page using #VirtualINStatePark, where you can also check out past virtual programs.
The DNR says to keep checking in because more programs are added every day.

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