08/24/12  The fourth annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience, which is free to all participants, is coming to Indianapolis’ Fort Harrison State Park, Sept. 15-16.

If you were one of the estimated 20,000 men, women or children who reveled in the more than 50 hands-on outdoor activities last year, you’ve probably had these dates circled for a long time.

If you haven’t experienced the Experience before, mark the dates now. Plenty of room for more participants awaits in the state park’s spacious 1,700 acres.

As in previous years, there will be activities for everyone, from archery and target shooting to mountain biking, various types of fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and much more.

Where else can you do any of these at no charge, let alone all of them?

You can also bring your own food, although food booths and trucks will be selling their specialties.

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience, which runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day that weekend, is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. The goal is to introduce people to outdoor activities they may have never tried.

Online advance registration at hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov is requested to assist the presenters and activity providers with staffing and planning. Watch for event updates there or at Facebook.com/HoosierOutdoorExperience.

If you already enjoy outdoor sports and recreation and want to help others learn to enjoy them as much as you do, sign up to volunteer at 2012experiencevolunteers.eventbrite.com. For questions about volunteering, contact volunteer coordinator Cheryl Hampton, (317) 233-1002, champton@dnr.IN.gov or Leah Kopp, (317) 234-1064, lkopp@dnr.IN.gov.