Holliday Park – Indy Parks and Recreation

Holliday Park – Indy Parks and Recreation

Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation 6363 Spring Mill Rd Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

One of Indianapolis’ oldest parks, Holliday Park is located just six miles north of downtown and encompasses 94-acres of beautiful green space. Visitors can explore the nature center, play on one of the city’s best, hard-to-leave playgrounds, hike more than 3.5 miles of picturesque trails or take a stroll around the one-of-a-kind Holliday Park Ruins. Holliday Park provides getaway for nature lovers without having to leave the city. The wooded ravines contain natural springs and wetlands, a pond, a long stretch of the White River, a beech-maple forest, and over 400 species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Bird watchers have spotted more than 200 species while hiking the 3.5 miles of trails that wind through the forest. In addition, deer, fox, beaver, rabbits, squirrels and many other native animals reside in or pass through the park grounds. For a more hands-on experience, the professional education staff offer a wide variety of programs to help visitors enjoy all that the park offers. Whether you are a teacher or scout leader looking to bring your group for a field trip, or a parent searching for a fun adventure for your family, we have a program that you’ll love! Check out the Programs and Events page for a complete list of upcoming opportunities at the nature center. The Holliday Park story began during the 1916 centennial celebration of Indiana statehood when John and Evaline Holliday donated their beautiful country estate to the City of Indianapolis, expressing the belief that “the land is singularly suited to be a place for recreation and the study of nature.” Today, no matter what the season, activities abound in the park. As we approach the centennial anniversary of John and Evaline’s gift, it’s safe to say that their vision for this special place has been fulfilled.

 


Upcoming Events at Holliday Park – Indy Parks and Recreation


Past Events at Holliday Park – Indy Parks and Recreation

Dec

17

Fri
Fri, Dec 17, 2021 6:30 PM - Fri, Dec 17, 2021 7:30 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

*All park activities are subject to change or cancellation due to current health guidelines and recommendations.*

Join us for Friday Night Campfires behind the Holliday Park Nature Center! There is a different theme for each session. Experience a fun night around the campfire and participate in a guided night hike! Roasting sticks and s’mores provided. Activity is designed for children ages 2+. Adult supervision is required.

$6/participant. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18+. Each participant must be registered, including children and adults accompanying children. Ages 2 and under are free and do not need to register.

6:30 PM Behind the Nature Center
11/19 – Raccoons, 12/17 – Hibernation

Tags: Friday Night Campfires, nature, Holliday Park

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Mar

10

Tue
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 7:30 PM - Tue, Mar 10, 2020 9:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Every spring, billions of birds go sweeping northward across North America. This vast parade of small migrants was the subject of Kenn Kaufman’s book, A Season on the Wind, published in April 2019. Although the book focused on the concentrations of migratory birds in the Magee Marsh area of northern Ohio, in this program Kenn will talk about larger patterns of spring bird movements throughout the Midwest, including central Indiana.

This program is free, but registration is required. Please visit our Eventbrite link found at the following location to reserve your spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-season-on-the-wind-kenn-kaufman-tickets-89199745841

Tags: book discussion, birds, Kenn Kaufman’s book, A Season on the Wind, ornithology

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Feb

11

Tue
Tue, Feb 11, 2020 7:30 PM - Tue, Feb 11, 2020 9:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Deception? Fidelity? Promiscuity? These words are not typically associated with the mating behavior of birds. But the amorous avian world is much more complex than our naturalist forefathers would have ever believed. Join Team Schaust, father and son, as they share research on the pair-bonding strategy of birds through some fascinating facts and humorous analogies to our own crazy courtship behaviors.

Will Schaust has always had a love of the outdoors. He grew up camping with his family and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation. After working at McCormick’s Creek State Park for four years, he went to Eagle Creek Park where he is now the Ornithology Center Manager. This allows Will to continue his study into the wonderful world of birds.

As Chief Naturalist for Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. (WBU), John Schaust has spent the past 15 years supporting over 300 WBU stores by helping their customers be active backyard birdwatchers and thoughtful stewards of nature. Prior to joining WBU in 2004, John spent 26 years as an Interpretive Naturalist with various federal, state, and local park agencies. He is an avid birder and has been a licensed bird bander for over 30 years.

Tags: Ornithology, The Secret Love Life of Birds, nature

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Dec

17

Tue
Tue, Dec 17, 2019 8:30 AM - Tue, Dec 17, 2019 10:00 AM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Morning Bird Walks are lead by Holliday Park Staff and members of the Amos Butler chapter of the National Audubon Society. Hikes are free and open to the public. Beginning birders welcome! Meet in front of the nature center. For more information, call (317) 327-7180

Tuesdays:
8-9:30am: Sep. 17
8:30-10am: Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17

Free! No registration required. Meets in the nature center parking lot.

Tags: Morning Bird Walks, Holliday Park, experience nature

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Dec

17

Tue
Tue, Dec 17, 2019 9:30 AM - Tue, Dec 17, 2019 10:15 AM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

SMALL WONDERS CLASSES
Learn easy ways to engage your preschooler in nature and scientific exploration. Each class introduces a new topic through hands-on activities, hikes, and crafts, and provides ideas for exploring at home. Classes are designed for children and their caregiver. Ages 3-5. Sign up for an individual class, or all of them for a discounted price!

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am:
Sep. 17: Lizards (19814)
Oct. 15: Corn (19815)
Nov. 19: Turkeys (19816)
Dec. 17: Squirrels (19817)
Package of four (19818)

$6/child or $20/package, pre-registration required.

Tags: SMALL WONDERS CLASSES, experience nature, Holliday Park,

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Dec

10

Tue
Tue, Dec 10, 2019 7:30 PM - Tue, Dec 10, 2019 9:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

AMOS BUTLER AUDUBON SOCIETY

Named after one of Indiana’s greatest Naturalists, the Amos Butler Audubon Society chapter of the National Audubon Society is an organization that promotes the enjoyment and stewardship of birds in central Indiana. Join ABAS members during their monthly programs and morning bird hikes. Meetings and hikes are open to the public. Beginning birders welcome! For more information, visit www.amosbutleraudubon.org

Public Presentations, 7:30-9 pm: Sep. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Free! No registration required.

Tags: Amos Butler Audubon Society chapter of the National Audubon Society, bird society, bird watchers, nature, meeting

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Dec

06

Fri
Fri, Dec 06, 2019 6:30 PM - Fri, Dec 06, 2019 8:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Friday Night Campfires
Join us for a fun Friday night around the campfire. Enjoy a sweet treat by the fire, learn something new, and experience night hiking! Roasting sticks and s’mores provided. Bring your own hot dog dinner and make a meal of it!
Fridays, 6:30-8 pm:
Sep. 27: Crickets (19807)
Nov. 8: Raccoons (19808)
Dec. 6: Deer (19809)

$5/person, pre-registration required.
Meets behind nature center at the fire ring.

Tags: Friday night around the campfire, nature, family friendly

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Nov

12

Tue
Tue, Nov 12, 2019 7:30 PM - Tue, Nov 12, 2019 9:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

AMOS BUTLER AUDUBON SOCIETY

Named after one of Indiana’s greatest Naturalists, the Amos Butler Audubon Society chapter of the National Audubon Society is an organization that promotes the enjoyment and stewardship of birds in central Indiana. Join ABAS members during their monthly programs and morning bird hikes. Meetings and hikes are open to the public. Beginning birders welcome! For more information, visit www.amosbutleraudubon.org

Public Presentations, 7:30-9 pm: Sep. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Free! No registration required.

Tags: AMOS BUTLER AUDUBON SOCIETY, Naturalist’s, stewardship of birds

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Oct

08

Tue
Tue, Oct 08, 2019 7:30 PM - Tue, Oct 08, 2019 9:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

AMOS BUTLER AUDUBON SOCIETY

Named after one of Indiana’s greatest Naturalists, the Amos Butler Audubon Society chapter of the National Audubon Society is an organization that promotes the enjoyment and stewardship of birds in central Indiana. Join ABAS members during their monthly programs and morning bird hikes. Meetings and hikes are open to the public. Beginning birders welcome! For more information, visit www.amosbutleraudubon.org

Public Presentations, 7:30-9 pm: Sep. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Free! No registration required.

Tags: AMOS BUTLER AUDUBON SOCIETY, Naturalist’s, stewardship of birds

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Sep

29

Sun
Sun, Sep 29, 2019 2:00 PM - Sun, Sep 29, 2019 4:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

White River Clean-up Day
Clean drinking water is a universal concern and demands a global effort. Indianapolis’ very own White River provides drinking water to more than half of its citizens. Help take action and do your part to keep the White River clean and a vibrant feature of Indianapolis. Holliday Park will be hosting a river clean-up in collaboration with the Friends of the White River in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Come roll up your sleeves and join the cause! Wear old shoes and clothes. Ages 10+.

Sunday, Sep. 29
2-4 pm
Free! No registration required.

Tags: White River Clean-up Day, Holliday Park

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Sep

10

Tue
Tue, Sep 10, 2019 7:30 PM - Tue, Sep 10, 2019 9:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

AMOS BUTLER AUDUBON SOCIETY

Named after one of Indiana’s greatest Naturalists, the Amos Butler Audubon Society chapter of the National Audubon Society is an organization that promotes the enjoyment and stewardship of birds in central Indiana. Join ABAS members during their monthly programs and morning bird hikes. Meetings and hikes are open to the public. Beginning birders welcome! For more information, visit www.amosbutleraudubon.org

Public Presentations, 7:30-9 pm: Sep. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Free! No registration required.

Tags: AMOS BUTLER AUDUBON SOCIETY, Naturalist’s, stewardship of birds

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Aug

12

Mon
Mon, Aug 12, 2019 12:00 PM - Mon, Aug 12, 2019 1:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Fall Creek Garden Club

The Fall Creek Garden Club (FCGC) promotes knowledge and love of gardening. It was originally established in 1941 by women from Fall Creek, but now includes members citywide. Members are great resources for native plants, landscape design, invasive plant management, conservation and floral arrangement. Meetings are open to public.

Monday, Aug. 12
1-2 pm
Free! No registration required.

Tags: Fall Creek Garden Club, Free, Plant Talk, Gardener Networking

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Mar

24

Sun
Sun, Mar 24, 2019 2:00 PM - Sun, Mar 24, 2019 4:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

White River Clean-up Day
Clean drinking water is a universal concern and demands a global effort. Indianapolis’ very own White River provides drinking water to more than half of its citizens. Help take action and do your part to keep the White River clean and a vibrant feature of Indianapolis. Holliday Park will be hosting a river clean-up in collaboration with the Friends of the White River in celebration of World Water Day. Come roll up your sleeves and join the cause! Wear old shoes and clothes. Ages 10+.

Sunday, Mar. 24
2-4 pm
Free! No registration required.

Tags: White River, Wapahani, river clean up

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Dec

31

Mon
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 3:00 PM - Mon, Dec 31, 2018 3:30 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

MEET A CRITTER MONDAYS
Get a close-up experience with the nature center animals.
Each month, staff and volunteers will get out a different
animal for participants to meet. Learn all about the
animals and how we keep them happy and healthy.

Mondays, 3-3:30 pm: Sep. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 26, Dec. 31

Free! No registration required. Suggested donation of $2. Donations go toward the animals’ care.

Tags: nature center animals, kids, Holliday Park, meet a critter

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Dec

07

Fri
Fri, Dec 07, 2018 7:00 PM - Fri, Dec 07, 2018 8:30 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Friday Night Campfires
Join us for a fun Friday night around the campfire. Enjoy a sweet treat by the fire, learn something new, and experience night hiking! Roasting sticks and s’mores provided. Bring your own hot dog dinner and make a meal of it!

Fridays, 6:30-8:00 pm :
Sep. 14: Wild Edibles (16719) [ 7-8:30 pm] Nov. 2: Spiders (16720)
Dec. 7: Night Sky (16721)

$5/person, pre-registration required.

Tags: Campfire, fire pit, Nature, Holliday Park, Night Sky

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Nov

19

Mon
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 6:30 PM - Mon, Nov 19, 2018 8:30 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Central Indiana Beekeepers Association

The Central Indiana Beekeepers Association (CIBA) communicates and shares beekeeping knowledge and trends in Marion and Hamilton counties. Membership and meetings are free and open to anyone, ages 16+. Learn more at www.indyurbanbeekeeping.org.

Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm: Sep. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 19

Free! No registration required.

Tags: Central Indiana Beekeepers Association, Bees, Beekeeping, Holliday Park

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Nov

02

Fri
Fri, Nov 02, 2018 6:30 PM - Fri, Nov 02, 2018 8:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Friday Night Campfires
Join us for a fun Friday night around the campfire. Enjoy a sweet treat by the fire, learn something new, and experience night hiking! Roasting sticks and s’mores provided. Bring your own hot dog dinner and make a meal of it!

Fridays, 6:30-8:00 pm :
Sep. 14: Wild Edibles (16719) [ 7-8:30 pm] Nov. 2: Spiders (16720)
Dec. 7: Night Sky (16721)

$5/person, pre-registration required.

Tags: Campfire, fire pit, Nature, Holliday Park, Spiders

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Oct

08

Mon
Mon, Oct 08, 2018 6:30 PM - Mon, Oct 08, 2018 8:30 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Central Indiana Beekeepers Association

The Central Indiana Beekeepers Association (CIBA) communicates and shares beekeeping knowledge and trends in Marion and Hamilton counties. Membership and meetings are free and open to anyone, ages 16+. Learn more at www.indyurbanbeekeeping.org.

Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm: Sep. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 19

Free! No registration required.

Tags: Central Indiana Beekeepers Association, Bees, Beekeeping, Holliday Park

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Sep

22

Sat
Sat, Sep 22, 2018 4:00 PM - Sat, Sep 22, 2018 10:00 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

ROCK THE RUINS
Join the 1st annual Rock the Ruins fundraising event at Holliday Park. Enjoy beer, BBQ, and 5 great bands!
Saturday, Sep. 22, 4-10 pm

Live Music, 5-10 pm:
Premium Blend
Jefferson St. Parade Band
TribeSouL
Gypsy_Moonshine
Endiana

Food & Drinks (available for purchase):
– BRICS Ice Cream
– City Barbeque
– Flat12 Bierwerks Indianapolis

Purchase tickets at www.HollidayPark.org/RockTheRuins
General
admission $5/person. Kids under age 10 are FREE.
VIP Tent admission $100/person.

Tags: ROCK THE RUINS, Music, Festival, Holliday Park, Food Trucks

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Sep

17

Mon
Mon, Sep 17, 2018 6:30 PM - Mon, Sep 17, 2018 8:30 PM @ Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Central Indiana Beekeepers Association

The Central Indiana Beekeepers Association (CIBA) communicates and shares beekeeping knowledge and trends in Marion and Hamilton counties. Membership and meetings are free and open to anyone, ages 16+.

Learn more at www.indyurbanbeekeeping.org..Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm: Sep. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 19Free! No registration required.

Tags: Central Indiana Beekeepers Association, Bees, Beekeeping, Holliday Park

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