Fishers, Indiana Offers a Wide Variety of Events and Activities Year-Round, Part 1

Let’s face it, Hamilton County, Indiana, is a great place to live.

Noblesville, Carmel, Sheridan, Westfield, or any of the communities north of Indianapolis offer both the resources of the nearby “Big City” and the added benefit of newly renovated downtown areas with unique businesses and great restaurants, museums, performance spaces like the Palladium, and beautiful parks and natural resources that provide residents and visitors with a wide choice of activities and special events to take advantage of.

We recently took a look at upcoming events in the Noblesville area; today we’ll see what’s coming up in the Fishers/Geist area.

  • Registration for the Fishers Summer Camp Programs opened today, March 1st. Both the Recreation and Environmental Education/Outdoor Recreation divisions each offer summer day camps for a variety of age ranges and interests from June to August.
    • Environmental Education/Outdoor Recreation summer camps are based mostly at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, a beautiful 127-acre facility dedicated to the natural world.
    • Recreation summer camps are based at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, one of Fishers’ most active and beloved park facilities; and at Billericay Park, a newer facility complete with an outdoor shelter and medieval-themed splash pad.

Additionally, Fishers Parks & Recreation offers a variety of special events and recreation programs for all interests and ages throughout the year.

Whether you’re looking for family events, senior programs, adult sports leagues or classes, or activities for preschoolers, youth or teens – there is always something fun to learn and enjoy!

A few of the upcoming events in Fishers include:

  • Family Night Hikes – Experience nature at night, a fun, exciting, and yes, educational activity! Join Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve staff for the next night hike, In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb, on Friday, March 16th from 7 – 9 PM. Begin your evening at the campfire, where you can bring food (like hotdogs or s’more fixin’s) and drinks to start the night off. They even supply marshmallows and roasting sticks. Afterwards, you’ll explore the woods as your guides discuss the many plants and animals who have “lion” or “lamb” in their name. The cost for this event is $4.00 for residents and $6.00 for non-residents.
  • Family Game Night, Friday, April 13th from 6 to 8 PM – Enjoy a night of family fun for all ages while playing board games, doing puzzles, BINGO, open gym, and more. Snacks and games will be provided. Bring your family out for an exciting evening! Free
  • April Fools Family Fun Find, Sunday, April 1st from 2 – 7 PM – What is up in the tree? Is it a blue jay that you see? On this hike you never know what you’ll find. You’ve never been on a scavenger hunt of this kind. Solve the riddles before your eyes and your family may take the prize. Free
  • Spring Service Day, Saturday, April 21st from 9 AM to 3 PM – Celebrate Earth Day this year by volunteering at Ritchey Woods for Fishers’ eighth annual Spring Service Day! Come out to make an instant impact by helping to remove garlic mustard and bush honeysuckle, some of the invasive exotic plants that have made their way to Indiana. These invaders, which have found their way to Ritchey Woods, shade out our native wildflowers and dominate the areas where they are found. Free

The 2012 Fishers Park & Recreation Fun Guide provides complete information about all the 2012 Fishers Parks & Recreation events and activities, their cost, if any, and how to register for those that require it.

And this hardly scratches the surface. In our next post we’ll look at some of Fishers’ annual summer programs, including the popular Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Park, a free, outdoor movie series held each year in August and September.

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