Light brown bison calf among adult bison.
Time to explore TNC and WTTS want you to enjoy Indiana's natural areas. © Garet Litwiler/TNC

Stories in Indiana

Explore Indiana

You don’t have to fly across the nation. Stay right here and take a staycation!

Are you wondering what to do this year?

Last year, travel plans for almost everyone were turned upside down. While the outlook for travel is better in 2021, there are still plenty of reasons to stay close to home in our amazing state.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is partnering with 92.3 WTTS to get the word out about cool places in Indiana that are brimming with native flora and fauna to recharge your soul and inspire a love for nature.

Fun day trips around your area can also help your local economy.

The Nature Conservancy is highlighting several preserves and nature places around the state that represent different types of habitat where you can go with family and friends to take in the pure and natural beauty of Indiana.

Start planning your Indiana explorations!

Places in Indiana to Explore

  • Creek runs through lush green forest.

    Central West: Big Walnut

    Just an hour west of Indianapolis, Big Walnut - and particularly the Tall Timbers Trail - makes for a memorable visit. Learn more about Big Walnut

  • Creek runs through lush green forest.

    Southwest Central: Green's Bluff

    A new trail, new pollinator plantings and new interpretive signage await you at scenic Green's Bluff. Learn more about Green's Bluff

  • Preserve sign in colorful forest in autumn.

    South Central: Hitz-Rhodehamel Woods

    Brown County is THE autumn destination in Indiana, but TNC's Hitz-Rhodehamel Woods will delight you any time of year. Learn more about Hitz-Rhodehamel

  • Mother bison and calf roam a green prairie.

    Northwest: Kankakee Sands

    With several nature trails and our ever-growing bison herd, Kankakee Sands is a must-see destination! Learn more about Kankakee Sands

  • Many children play wildly in creek.

    East: Cope Environmental Center

    Cope's miles of hiking trails meandering through hardwood forests, grasslands, prairies, wetlands, and two ponds means year-round beauty. Learn more about Cope

  • Three orange butterflies on white-flowered bush next to pond.

    Northwest: Grand Calumet River Conservation Area

    This isn't just one spot, but several cool restored sites along the Grand Calumet River.

  • 92.3 wtts in green circle.

    Radio Station WTTS

    TNC is proud to partner with 92.3 WTTS to get people outside. Stay tuned, as more trip ideas and prizes are coming in June.

To help make your visit safe and comfortable, please consult the Conservancy’s Preserve Visitation Guidelines.

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