Second Nature


“A characteristic or habit in someone that appears to be instinctive because that person has behaved in a particular way so often.”

At Fishers Parks & Recreation, we want to help make spending time in nature your second nature with our various activities. There are ample 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

Rent a Free Nature 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 at a time 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. 

Engage in Activities

Fishers Parks and Recreation has designed several nature activities for preschoolers, youth and teens, and adults. Check out our available activities and stay tuned for more activities coming soon! The following activities are now available:

Leave No Trace

While engaging in activities in natural areas - please commit to “Leave no Trace”.

Leave No Trace - Kill Nothing but Time
Leave No Trace - Stay on the Trail
Leave No Trace - Leave What You Find
Leave No Trace - Be a Responsible Pet Owner
Leave No Trace - Respect Wildlife
Leave No Trace - Know the Rules


We want to recognize you as your reach your nature milestones! Submit your completed activity logs and we'll recognize certain milestones and offer special incentives to participants. More information coming soon!

Natural Areas to Explore

Explore one of our many natural areas that Fishers has to offer! Don't forget to check out our parks trail guide (PDF) to help you plan your next Second Nature adventure. The following natural areas are available for exploration:

Join the Movement

Join the movement today and share your outdoor experiences with us using #Fishers2ndNature.