Virtual programs bring state parks to your home

Instead of working on the frontline at Indiana’s state parks these days, interpretive naturalists are working online.

As a result, 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, preschool 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. 

Upcoming programs may be found at Locate them by typing “Virtual” in the Keyword Search. You also can go to and click next to the turtle photo on “Find a Virtual Program.” All state parks virtual programs are listed together at

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