Ecotherapy

The more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need. (2)ECO•THER•A•PY; noun

“Connecting with nature to improve your mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activities.”

Fishers Parks & Recreation is on a mission to help residents get out in nature, unplug from their busy lives, and enjoy ecotherapy in the great outdoors. 

A study by the University of Essex indicates that spending time in nature can drop rates of depression by nearly 71 percent and boost mood and mindfulness. There’s no doubt that quality time outdoors is an easy first step toward taking care of yourself!

Did You Know?

From staying active and getting the blood flowing, to decreasing stress and more, a hike in the sunshine or a trip to a park can do wonders for your mental, physical, and emotional health. 

There are many benefits to spending time in the great outdoors, including:

  • Boosts Immunity
  • Improves Concentration
  • Improves Memory
  • Improves Vision
  • Increases Creativity
  • Increases Energy
  • Increases Happiness
  • Promotes Serenity, Peace and Calm
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Relieves Stress
  • Restores Mental Energy

Get Out & Play

Fishers' 24 parks totaling 591 acres and 131 miles of nature and multi-use trails offer endless opportunities to unplug and explore nature in your own backyard. Here's a few of our favorite natural areas to explore:

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Ritchey Woods

Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is one of only two state designated nature preserves in Hamilton County, and boasts nine beautiful nature trails.
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Saxony Beach

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Saxony Lake and Beach offers residents a chance to feel sand beneath their toes.
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Flat Fork Creek Park

From a sledding hill to tree houses, a fishing pond, and mountain bike trails, Flat Fork Creek has something for everyone.
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Holland Park

From sports fields and basketball courts, to playgrounds and picnic areas, this park in the heart of Fishers is a family favorite.
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Brook School Park

This park bustles with activity with the popular ADA Accessible playground, Born Learning trail, dock, and more.
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Heritage Park

Heritage Park is home to scenic multi-use and wooded nature trails,a sledding hill, and the Historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens.
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Get Out & Play!

Studies show that Americans spend an average of 10 hours a day on digital media, 8 hours sleeping and a total of 5 hours a day at work or school (not spent on a device), commuting, eating, completing household activities, shopping, caring for family, and civic and religious activities. 

That leaves exactly one hour: what are you doing in that hour?

Make time for nature and explore one of our many natural areas that Fishers has to offer! Don't forget to check out our parks facilities and parks map to help you plan your next adventure. 

Rent a Free Nature Exploration Backpack

Check out a backpack at the Fishers Parks & Recreation Office and let us help you explore nature! Backpacks include field guides, binoculars and many other useful items. Backpacks are available for all ages, including preschoolers, youth and teens, and adults.

Backpacks can be checked out for 7 days and can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Limited quantities are available, so please call our office at 317-595-3150 to check availability or to place the backpack on hold. A copy of your driver’s license is required to rent a backpack. 

Ecotherapy Resources

Coming soon!