Learning Center

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Learning on, and about, Your National Forest

The Hoosier National Forest has many unique resources; both natural and cultural. On these pages, we've compiled information on some of these resources to highlight the resource or our management of them.



History and Culture

A little girl stands in the middle of a field and small pines stretching to reach the top of a tree.

The area which is now the Hoosier National Forest was used and inhabited continuously from as early as 12,000 years ago, first by Native Americans, and later by European and African Americans. Find out how each group of people used the land in different ways, and each had an influence on the land that we today makes up the Hoosier National Forest.

Just for Kids

Three images: a little boy proudly holing a fish, a girl showing an entry, and a family fishing

The Hoosier National Forest is a fun place with lots to do. From Interpretive Programs, to Fishing Derbies, to trails to hike, creeks to wade in, campgrounds and beaches, and bugs and animals to study. There is something for everyone here so get your parents out of the house and into the Forest! 


Resources for Parents and Teachers

Children dissecting owl pellets

Hands-on learning is invaluable. We have recommendations and guides to make the most of your visit as well as a variety of conservation education programs available  to area schools.

Outdoor Safety and Ethics


Learn how to prepare for a safe trip to the forest and know about the ettiquette to support the the protection of forest resources and other trail users.

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