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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

DNR Home > Places To Go > Events > The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience

2017 Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is June 10-11.


The  Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is Indiana’s largest, hands-on outdoor recreation event. Hosted on the grounds of Fort Harrison State Park, the free event, which features more than 50 activities and 120 grassroots partners, moves to June in 2017.

The event is presented by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, and various sponsors, including Central Indiana Ford Dealers. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Jody Kress with the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation at

If you are interested in being an activity provider, please contact Greg Beilfuss or Amy Marisavljevic at or or call (317) 232-4071.

What is the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience?

It is two days of "experiencing" FREE, hands-on, outdoor fun. The DNR partnered with grassroots groups to supply all equipment and teaching expertise. For example, for the "Basic Fishing" activity, poles, hooks, bobbers, bait, and instruction from trained anglers will be provided. This event goes beyond simple teaching about outdoor recreation. We want you to actually EXPERIENCE the activities.

Getting to the Event

Details coming soon.

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The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience