Indiana Woods on Wheels is a traveling interactive exhibit that provides information about the Hoosier state’s most renewable resource, our forests. Visitors will feel as if they have been transported to the woods as soon as they enter—the interactive displays will immerse the senses while covering key topics in forestry. Navigating through the exhibit takes visitors from learning about the benefits of forest management and how it supports Indiana’s native wildlife to the history of Indiana’s forests and the many industries that rely on our magnificent hardwoods to produce the products we all know and love.
Woods on Wheels has a target audience of 4th- 6th grade students but includes information for high school students eager to explore forestry career options, landowners needing expertise, policymakers looking to inform their decisions, educators, and fact-seeking members of the public. Along with having beneficial information for all within the exhibit, our Woods on Wheels forester will be there to answer questions, offer more in-depth information, and provide science-based forestry lessons to students!
Woods on Wheels is housed in a 40-foot trailer that is pulled by a pickup truck. The exhibit will be made available at no expense to elementary school programs as well as for public events such as maple festivals, fall foliage festivals, and forestry-related events. State, county and local officials may also request Woods on Wheels for various local events. The collaborators intend for Woods on Wheels to visit all 92 Indiana counties as often as possible. Woods on Wheels availability for all school programs runs September–October and April–June to avoid weather risks.
Additional information, including guidelines and a request form, can be obtained by contacting Sara High, Woods on Wheels operator, Indiana Department of Natural Resources at 260-573- 3328 or email shigh@dnr.IN.gov. Woods on Wheels was made possible by the hard work and dedication of the Indiana Hardwoods Lumbermen’s Association (IHLA), Purdue: Forestry & Natural Resources Department, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, with the support of the state’s hardwoods industry. The truck and trailer are provided by IHLA with monetary/material support from Hollingsworth Lumber, C.C. Cook & Son Lumber, Tom & Ronda Derleth, Daniel Antes, Milton Cole Family, Joe Crone (Crone Lumber), Brett Franklin (Tri-State Timber), Frank Miller Lumber Company, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company, Pike Lumber Company, Purdue University, U-C Coatings, Tim Uhrich (Tree Worx).