|Notes:||All classes are free with park admission.|
|Cost:||$35 (at minimum) and tax-deductible $85 for membership & Gate Pass|
We like visiting parks…especially the big ones. Indianapolis has some very nice parks but one park in particular has more than just a playground to offer. Eagle Creek Park Foundation offers a membership so you can visit the park and all it has to offer as often as you want! Playground, beach, and Go Ape! are all located in the park!
The park has tons more than that though. Picnic areas, the beach with a giant slide and jumping area as well as a sectioned off section for little ones, skiiing paths, a shooting range, a state nature preserve and even a waterfowl sanctuary! There are also 2 nature centers, 22 miles of hiking, a fitness course, boat rentals and of course Go Ape!
If you remember I tried Go Ape! last year and had to stop halfway due to an injury…and I was also afraid of heights. That is NOT why I stopped and I was determined to finish…but couldn’t…. I am going to attempt the course again but not until the spring when it opens again. I have been talking myself out of my fear of heights since then so by spring I will be ready (with no injuries hopefully) to complete it!
I WILL succeed and will convince myself I am not afraid…or go up there and finish while I quietly whisper “holy crap what did I sign up for” over and over along with “please let this be the last one”. Ahem….but I’m sure I’ll be fine. Right?
The course is of course safe and they make you feel very comfortable before you go up. It is an at your pace kind of thing which is good. It also isn’t terribly expensive and so worth it…even with a fear of heights I wanted to finish! Not to mention the course is beautiful!
“With over 3,900 acres of land and almost 1,400 acres of water, Eagle Creek is big, bold and beautiful.”
If you become a member of the Eagle Creek Foundation you can save 15% off Go Ape adventures throughout the year on online bookings for you AND up to 4 friends! You could do the course over and over again! How awesome is that!? Well I will know for sure once I complete it but my husband wants to be a member for this alone!
We have been to the beach and the park and a the nature centers. All of which are fantastic. The park is huge and worth it alone but if you homeschool or just want to help your kids learn about nature then the two centers there are perfect!
For example at the Eagle Creek Park’s Earth Discovery Center they have weekend events like:
Feeding Time – 1:30pm, Earth Discovery Center
Watch as the park’s educational reptiles, amphibians and other critters enjoy their lunch! You’ll learn some natural history about each animal along the way. On the menu: worms, defrosted mice, salad, crickets, and frozen bloodworms.
Nature Discovery Class – 1:30pm, Earth Discovery Center
Stop by the Earth Discovery Center on the weekend for a fun activity! Topics vary and include nature hikes, pond life, simple crafts, and more! All ages welcome.
You can become a member for only $35 (at minimum) and that’s tax-deductible since they are a nonprofit. You would still need a Gate Pass though and to purchase that with the membership is $85 for the year. That is for a car of up to 5 people…for unlimited visits to the park for the year! That is a better deal than most memberships!
However, after Labor Day, you can become a member AND get a gate pass for just $60. You do get perks as well for being a member…besides enjoying the park.
You can the 15% off of Go Ape of course but also, $5 off on any rental (bike, sailboat, paddle board, paddle boat, canoe, kayak, pontoon) at Eagle Creek Outfitters in the park, 20% off items at the Earth Discovery Center Gift Shop, and Invitations to exclusive member events 4x/year to create fellowship between park users.
On top of all that you would actually be helping the foundation not only with the upkeep of the park but so they can add new and fun things to the park and its various centers and attractions.
“The Eagle Creek Park Foundation strives to provide volunteer and financial support to promote, preserve and protect Eagle Creek Park with projects like the Fitness Trail renovation, the Edesses Trail, and construction of the Earth Discovery and Ornithology Centers. The more you help us with these efforts, the more we can enhance the park we all love.”
Last year they built a geothermal educational pond behind the Earth Discovery Center so larger school groups could dip net for frogs, tadpoles, and aquatic insects (our contribution supplemented funding provided by the 3M Eco Grant).
I don’t know about you but it sounds like if you become a member you help a beautiful park stay beautiful AND help it create even MORE fun and educational classes and things for all.
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