Trying Risky Things Risk-Free: The Hoosier Outdoor Experience

One of the most daunting things about trying to add a little risk and adventure into your family life is figuring out how to do something you’ve never done before.  Especially for those of us who weren’t raised this way, or who aren’t inherently risk-takers, tackling something like canoeing, mountain biking or camping with zero experience can be overwhelming.  And chances are, if you’re overwhelmed or don’t know where or how to begin, you probably won’t try that risky thing at all.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just try it once, with someone to guide you along?

If you’re local to Indianapolis, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has just the thing for you.  On Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, the DNR is hosting their annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience at Fort Harrison State Park.  Featuring over 50 different outdoor (and potentially risky!) activities and more than 120 grassroots partners, the Outdoor Experience is an excellent way to try your hand at some really cool activities, such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, animal trapping, woodcarving, archery, horseback riding, geocaching, mountain biking, rock climbing and so much more.

Mike took the kids last year while I was out of town and they had the time of their lives.  They’re still talking about it, nearly a year later.  The very best part?  It’s all free.  To help with planning, the organizers do ask you to register beforehand.  You can learn more and get your family registered on the Indiana DNR website.

We hope to see you there!