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Even state parks go virtual during pandemic

For those who can't go, there's something on line
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Posted at 9:43 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 21:43:28-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's nothing like a day at Indiana's state parks, but if the pandemic is keeping you home, this might be the next best thing.

While parks remain open, many of the activities normally offered are canceled for now. So, the Department of Natural Resources has gone virtual with the interpretive naturalists who are so popular at the parks.

At-home “park visitors” who are unable to enjoy state park features interpreters normally provide, like in-person nature hikes and programs, can enjoy virtual hikes, presentations, and live streaming programs from their homes.

Topics include wildflower walks, nature talks, live captive animal feedings, history programs, craft tutorials, pre-school programs, property tours, and more. Program length ranges from five to 50 minutes.

“People’s day-to-day activities have changed, slowed, or stopped altogether because of COVID-19, but nature keeps on moving,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “Our interpretive naturalists are dedicated to sharing the outdoors, virtually, to keep Hoosiers engaged and uplifted.”

Upcoming virtual programs can be found at calendar.dnr.IN.gov [lnks.gd]. Locate them by typing “Virtual” in the Keyword Search. You can also go to stateparks.IN.gov [lnks.gd] and click next to the turtle photo on “Find a Virtual Program.” All state parks virtual programs are listed together at stateparks.IN.gov/10352.htm [lnks.gd].

Visit each park’s Facebook page to look for videos. Search the page using #VirtualINStatePark, where you can also check out past virtual programs.