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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Indiana State Parks Centennial Curriculum Indiana State Parks Centennial Curriculum

This project is an elementary school curriculum that explores Indiana’s history and its ties to Indiana’s beloved state parks. The Indiana State Parks system was established in 1916 as a centennial gift to Hoosiers, and our state parks’ story is Indiana’s story. It is fitting that as we approach state parks’ 100th birthday and the State’s bicentennial, we look at how past and current events at our state parks link to past and current events in Indiana’s history.

Each unit includes toes to at least one of our properties; in most cases there are direct ties to two or more. Units are targeted to 4th graders and their study of Indiana history. But they can be adapted for use at any grade level or for informal education for Scouts or other groups. Each unit is correlated not only to State social studied standards but also to science and English/language arts standards. Each unit has assessment information, key concepts and vocabulary. Each unit has background information and a variety of resource links. Activities emphasize hands-on learning and include worksheets and a variety of media ranging from video to audio slideshow.

  • Organization: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
  • County: Statewide
  • Contact: Benjamin Clark, 317-694-5111,
  • Type: Government/Municipal
  • Project Number: IBC-YE-85
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