The Indianapolis Greenways Partnership is pleased to announce our Adventure Hike program series for 2023. We have partnered with Indy Land Stewardship to provide a series of hikes that highlight some of the most unique environmental areas along Indy Greenways.
The Office of Land Stewardship manages over 1,900 acres of natural area across 37 park properties and over 100,000 square feet of City rain gardens that assist in filtering stormwater runoff. Land Stewardship holds a leadership role by preserving critical wildlife habitats, providing passive recreational opportunities, protecting air quality, and addressing stormwater issues. Land Stewardship’s ecologists actively manage and care for these facilities across the city, and provide unique educational perspectives on each of the hikes.
“The Land Stewardship hikes are always one of our most popular programs,” said Ron Taylor of the Indianapolis Greenways Partnership. “I am particularly excited about this year’s programs in that they highlight areas along the greenways that many people take for granted, or that people may not be aware exists. These hikes highlight not only the important work that Indy Land Stewardship does for the city, but also demonstrate the important connectivity of the greenways to unique ecosystems and the greenways’ role in supporting the city’s environmental objectives.”
We kicked off 2023 with a Winter Family Hike on the Monon Trail and the Marott Woods Nature Preserve north of Broad Ripple. Other hikes planned for 2023 include:
April 28- The new Bear Overlook Trailhead and trails on the Eagle Creek Greenway- this sneak preview of the new West Side Trail complex will feature scenic reservoir views, spring wildflowers, and high-quality woods.
June 17- Grassy Creek Regional Park and future Greenway- includes trails and an extensive wetland system and will be one of the major community destinations along the planned Grassy Creek Greenway.
October 20 and 21- Adventure Hike to Woollens Gardens along the Fall Creek Greenway- a hike to and through the historic nature preserve property that doesn’t currently have public access. The property that very large Red Oaks, Beech, and Maple trees.
These hikes provide a family-friendly adventure to some of the most pristine natural areas in Indianapolis.
For more information about the Land Stewardship Hikes, please visit the Indianapolis Greenways Partnership’s Program page at: https://www.greenwayspartnership.com/events.
For more information about the Indy Land Stewardship, please visit: https://www.indy.gov/activity/land-stewardship.