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Let's Camp America! activities, Indiana State Parks
Start Date: 5/7/2017 All Day
This event recurs on a custom schedule.   Click here to see the series dates.
Event Description:

NOTE: Harmonie State Park activities are canceled because of flooding.

Friday, May 5

Fort Harrison State Park, 11 a.m. at the Visitor’s Center
Let’s Pitch a Tent: Join the interpretive staff as they discuss the do’s and don’ts of putting up a tent. Participants will then have the opportunity for hands on experiences as they put up and take down a camping tent with guidance from park staff. The property will provide all the equipment necessary for this program.

Raccoon State Recreation Area (Cecil M. Harden Lake), 3 p.m. at the Chapel Shelter
Campfire Cobbler Cooking: Everybody loves cobbler, especially campers! Come learn our tasty recipe for dutch oven cobbler made over a campfire. This program should last 45 minutes.

Spring Mill State Park 3 p.m. at the Activity Center
Knot Tying: Learn some basic and important knots that will be helpful when you are setting up your campsite and enjoying the outdoors.

Harmonie State Park, 6 p.m. at the Campground Amphitheater
Campfire Building and Geocaching Skills: Learn to build a campfire and find out how to geocache, too. Once we get some successful campfires going, you can stick around for a “S’mores Party,” with DJ Joe providing the music. All supplies for fire building and s’more roasting will be provided. We will also be giving away an annual entrance pass, but you must be present to win!

Versailles State Park, 6 p.m. at the Nature Center
Camping How-To Basics: We’ll cover topics like how to build and put out a campfire, how to secure your food, how to dress for your weekend outdoors. Novice and experienced campers are welcome!

Saturday, May 6

Ouabache State Park, 9:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Shelter
Camping Hacks: Never been camping but would like to learn or an avid camper looking for easy shortcuts? Learn some camping basics. Meet at the Lakeside shelter.

O’Bannon Woods State Park, 10 a.m. at the Nature Center
Leave No Trace Program: Check out a Leave No Trace display, talk with our staff and enjoy a short Leave No Trace film, shown every hour. The program will last until 3 p.m.

Spring Mill State Park, Various Times (see below) at Campsites #113 and #114 in the Modern Campground
Camping 101 Tips and Tricks: Short programs and demonstrations will be held throughout the day, including How to Level Your Camper (10 a.m.); Setting Up Camp (11 a.m.); Camp Cooking 101 (2 p.m.); Building a Fire/Firestarters (3 p.m.); Disposing of Camper Waste (4 p.m.) and Open House/Q&A (4:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Whitewater Memorial State Park, 11 a.m. at the Poplar Grove Shelter
Hiking 101: Discover fun & safe ways to explore the woods with our interpreter. Learn how to pack a backpack for a successful and fun hike, then take a short, easy hike to try out some of the items in our pack.

Tippecanoe River State Park, 11:30 a.m. at the Group Fire Ring in the Electric Campground
Campfire Cooking Program: Join us for a fun program on cooking over a campfire. This program will last an hour.

Chain O'Lakes State Park, 1 p.m. at Campsite 123
Camping 101: Welcome novice campers! We will show you how to build a proper campfire, toast a delicious marshmallow for s’more making. There will also be an open discussion on camping tips. Experienced campers can also stop by for a s’more and to share their advice for camping. Parking is located in the visitor parking lot.

Patoka Lake, 1 p.m. at the Nature Center
Into the Wild: Participants can come to the woods to learn the basic do’s and don’ts of camping. They will build a fire, learn what to do when nature calls, and other outdoor necessities.

Hardy Lake, 1:30 p.m. at the Hardy Lake Campground Gatehouse
S’mores and Camping Basics: Spend some time with our interpreter as we walk through some camping basics, and learn many tips and tricks to help you camp in comfort! We will even finish the program in style with s’mores for all participants.

McCormick’s Creek State Park, 2 p.m. at the Nature Center
Campfire Cooking: Learn how to cook a tasty and easy meal over the open flames at this fun cooking demonstration.

Monroe Lake (Paynetown State Recreation Area), 2-4 p.m. at the Activity Center Amphitheater
Campfire How-to & Dutch Oven Baking Demo: Get ready for the camping season! Drop by to discover how to build an effective campfire for cooking and learn about the about the basics of baking over a fire with a cast-iron dutch oven (if your time is just right, you’ll even get a sample a finished product!).

Pokagon State Park, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Nature Center’s Fire Ring
Make a Campfire & S’mores: Join the interpreters as they walk you through how to effectively and safely make your own campfire. Fire starting demos will use both primitive styles and tools of today, and you get to try them, too. After the campfire is built, create and enjoy the campfire tradition of a s’more. In case of rain the program will be held at the fireplace of the CCC Shelter.

Potato Creek State Park, 2 p.m. at the Nature Center
Campfire How-To’s: Meet in front of the nature center to discover several sure-fire ways to succeed at building campfires. Then we’ll roast some marshmallows and hear a fun story. This program should last 40 minutes.

Shakamak State Park, 3 p.m. at Campsite #88 in the Electric Campground
Camping and Cooking with a Dutch Oven: Learn how to cook a main dinner course and dessert using a dutch oven. Campfire cooking can be challenging, so join us for two easy recipes. Participants will get a step-by-step guide to take home.

Lieber SRA (Cagles Mill Lake), 4 p.m. at the Nature Center
Campfire Starting Techniques: The camping skill program will focus on starting a campfire without the use of matches or lighters. We will demonstrate both the flint and steel technique, Bow and Drill technique.

Whitewater Memorial State Park, 5 p.m. at the Poplar Grove Shelter
Campfire Cooking: Some of the best food is made over a campfire! Meet at Poplar Grove Shelter to discover different ways to cook outdoors. We will demonstrate using various forms of cast iron and dutch ovens. First time and experienced campers welcome! If you have any favorite recipes or cooking tips, we invite you to bring them and share with fellow campers.

Brown County State Park, 6 p.m. at the Campstore
You Gotta Eat!: While camping, one has gotta eat! Come to this fun interactive program and learn all about securing food while out camping! Discover how to tie fishing knots, and how to cast a fishing line, how to start a fire to cook over, and how to cook a S’more! Stop by the campstore anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. because hey, “You Gotta Eat”!

Mounds State Park, 6 p.m. at the Campground Program Area
Foiled! Easy Camp Cooking: Have you ever wanted to learn to cook over a camp fire but were a bit nervous? Join the interpreter to learn some easy ways to cook while camping. All supplies will be provided and samples will be available.

Salamonie Lake and Mississinewa Lake, 6:30 p.m.
Creative Campfire Cooking with Kids: Learn some creative, kid-friendly campfire recipes (adults will love these, too!). Bring your appetite and enjoy cooking some tasty campfire food with us! For location details, register by calling (260) 468-2127 by May 2.

Prophetstown State Park, 7 p.m. at the Campground Shower Building
Camping 101: Songs, Safety, and S’mores: Join us for an evening of fun around the campfire. Learn how to have a good camping experience by playing games, and of course, making s’mores. Meet at the Campground Shower Building.

Summit Lake State Park, 7 p.m. at Campground Naturalist Site
One Log Campfire: Join property staff to learn about the one log campfire, also known as the Swedish Torch. The one log campfire provides ambiance, a heat source, and a cook top all in one.

Turkey Run State Park, 7 p.m. at the Campground Host Site
S’mores-gasboard: Are you really camping if you don’t have S’mores? Bring your roasting sticks or borrow one from the interpreter. Several varieties of marshmallows, chocolates, and graham crackers will be available for s’more-making.

Potato Creek State Park, 8 p.m. at the Nature Center
Scary Sounds of the Night: Many sounds after dark can be scary UNTIL you know what’s making them and why. Don’t miss this noisy, fun 40- minute family program at the nature center, where you will learn how to talk back!

Sunday, May 7

Lincoln State Park, 10 a.m. at the Nature Center
Mini-Camping: Join the Naturalist at the Nature Center and learn some tricks of the trade for camping on a small scale. We will talk about some cool small scale ideas and camping without leaving a trace.

Brookville Lake (Mounds State Recreation Area), 11 a.m. at the Campground Shelter
Hiking 101: Discover fun & safe ways to explore the woods by joining our interpreter for an introduction to hiking. Learn how to pack a backpack for a successful and fun hike, then take a short, easy hike to try out some of the items in our pack. Meet at the Campground Shelter across from the Wildlife Wander Trail Entrance.

Clifty Falls State Park, 11 a.m. at the Nature Center
Survival 101: Do you know what to do in a survival situation? Or how to make a bow drill? The Interpretive Naturalist will teach you how to be prepared for a trip in the woods. The fire starting will be hands on.

Indiana Dunes State Park, 2 p.m. at the Nature Center
Campfire Basics: Visit the nature center this afternoon for a fun look at the ins and outs to the best campfire. We’ll explore the best ways to start your campfire, what to use, and campfire cooking tips all while sitting around the campfire. If we succeed we’ll finish up with some marshmallow roasting afterwards. Join us!

Falls of the Ohio State Park, 2 p.m. at the Interpretive Center
Basic Survival Pack for Campers and Hikers: What do you need to survive an emergency when you camping/hiking? There are some ‘essential items’ you should pack. Interpretive Naturalist Dale Brown will help you design a survival pack using the supplies he uses. He will also discuss walking in the woods.

Charlestown State Park, 5:30 pm at the Comfort Station near Campsite 54
Survival Class: Come to the Comfort Station near Campsite 54 for this outdoor survival class! What should you pack in your backpack when hiking? Some of the items may surprise you! Learn what to carry, what not carry, and even how to pack them.

All Weekend (May 5-7, 2017)

  • Share a photo of your favorite camping gadget on the Indiana State Parks Facebook page at using the hashtag #myfavcampgadget2017. You can do this whether or not you are camping during the weekend. Selected favorites will win a 2017 annual pass or camping gift card.
  • Post your campsite photo, camping selfie or scenic spring image from the weekend on the Indiana State Parks Facebook page at Use the hashtag #LetsCampAmericaFunPix. Selected favorites will receive a 2017 annual pass or a camping gift card.
  • Share your favorite camping story/memory on the Indiana State Parks Facebook page at using the hashtag #mycampingstory. Selected favorites will receive a 2017 annual pass or camping gift card.
Location Information:
Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon State Recreation Area)  (View Map)
1588 S. Raccoon Parkway
Rockville, IN 47872
Phone: (765) 344-1412

Fort Harrison State Park  (View Map)
6000 N. Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Phone: (317) 591-0904

Harmonie State Park  (View Map)
3451 Harmonie State Park Road
New Harmony, IN 47631
Phone: (812) 682-4821

O'Bannon Woods State Park  (View Map)
7234 Old Forest Road SW
Corydon, IN 47112
Phone: (812) 738-8232

Ouabache State Park  (View Map)
4930 E. State Road 201
Bluffton, IN 46714
Phone: (260) 824-0926

Spring Mill State Park  (View Map)
3333 State Road 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
Phone: (812) 849-3534

Summit Lake State Park  (View Map)
5993 N. Messick Road
New Castle, IN 47362
Phone: (765) 766-5873

Versailles State Park  (View Map)
1004 U.S. 50
Versailles, IN 47042
Phone: (812) 689-6424

Whitewater Memorial State Park  (View Map)
1418 S. State Road 101
Liberty, IN 47353
Phone: (765) 458-5565

Brookville Lake  (View Map)
P.O. Box 100
Brookville, IN 47012
Phone: (765) 647-2657

Brown County State Park  (View Map)
1405 S.R. 46 W
Nashville, IN

Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber State Recreation Area)  (View Map)
1317 W. Lieber Road
Suite 1
Cloverdale, IN 46120
Phone: (765) 795-4576

Chain O' Lakes State Park  (View Map)
2355 E. 75 S.
Albion, IN 46701
Phone: (260) 636-2654

Clifty Falls State Park  (View Map)
2221 Clifty Drive
Madison, IN 47520
Phone: (812) 273-8885

Falls of the Ohio State Park  (View Map)
201 W. Riverside Drive
Clarksville, IN 47129
Phone: (812) 280-9970

Hardy Lake  (View Map)
5620 N. Hardy Lake Road
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Phone: (812) 794-3800

Indiana Dunes State Park  (View Map)
1600 N. 25 E.
Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: (219) 926-1952

Lincoln State Park  (View Map)
State Road 162
Lincoln City, IN 47552
Phone: (812) 937-4710

McCormick's Creek State Park  (View Map)
250 McCormick's Creek Park Road
Spencer, IN 47460
Phone: (812) 829-2235

Mississinewa Lake  (View Map)
4673 S. 625 E.
Peru, IN 46970
Phone: (765) 473-6528

Monroe Lake  (View Map)
4850 S. State Road 446
Bloomington, IN 47401

Mounds State Park  (View Map)
4306 Mounds Road
Anderson, IN 46017
Phone: (765) 642-6627

Patoka Lake  (View Map)
3084 N. Dillard Road
Birdseye, IN 47513
Phone: (812) 685-2464

Pokagon State Park  (View Map)
450 Lane 100 Lake James
Angola, IN 46703
Phone: (260) 833-2012

Potato Creek State Park  (View Map)
25601 State Road 4
North Liberty, IN 46554
St Joseph
Phone: (574) 656-8186

Prophetstown State Park  (View Map)
5545 Swisher Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: (765) 567-4919

Salamonie Lake  (View Map)
9214 Lost Bridge Road W.
Andrews, IN 46702
Phone: 260-468-2125

Shakamak State Park  (View Map)
6265 W. State Road 48
Jasonville, IN 47438
Phone: (812) 665-2158

Tippecanoe River State Park  (View Map)
4200 N. U.S. 35
Winamac, IN 46996
Phone: (574) 946-3213

Turkey Run State Park  (View Map)
8121 E. Park Road
Marshall, IN 47859
Phone: (765) 597-2635

Charlestown State Park  (View Map)
12500 State Road 62
Charlestown, IN 47111
Phone: (812) 256-5600
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