Staying on the beaten path typically sounds boring — but when exploring nature, it’s critical to stick to marked trails to protect our wildlife. | Photo by INDYtoday team
From green spaces within the city to forests and rivers to explore nearby, there’s no shortage of ways to connect with nature in the Circle City.
While we’re venturing out, we can help maintain these spaces and even leave them better than we found them. In honor of National Public Lands Day this Saturday, Sept. 23, here are some best practices to keep in mind when interacting with the earth around us.
Leave every stone unturned
We’ve all seen the aesthetic rock-stacking photos, but moving rocks can destroy important habitats and displace fish + aquatic invertebrates. Listen to the Indianapolis Zoo’s advice — skip the photo op and leave the rocks in place to protective sensitive species.
Pick up trash
This one’s easy, but if you come across some trash while out on your nature adventure, pick it up. Same goes for our neighborhoods; if you really want to keep the streets clean for both aesthetic purposes and residential wildlife health, you can partner up with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to organize a cleanup.
Don’t feed wildlife
Feeding wildlife can cause them to suffer nutritionally or become dependent on unreliable food sources. It’s best to leave our furry and finned friends alone, and instead stop by the Eagle Creek Park Earth Discovery Center to learn about Indiana’s native wildlife.
Ditch the single-use plastic
On your next Indy outdoor adventure, bring your water + snacks in reusable containers. Single-use plastic water bottles or bags that end up in our waterways introduce pollutants and microplastics that are damaging to the environment. Check out The Shop’s variety of water bottles to rep your Hoosier pride.
Stay on the trail
When you head out on your next hike, make sure to stay on clearly marked trails to keep the areas off-trail preserved. Apply the “leave no trace” principle to help make conscious decisions that lessen your footprint.
THE LUME Indianapolis Featuring Van Gogh | Friday, Sept. 22-Sunday, Dec. 31 | Times vary | Newfields, 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | $15-$29 | Step into Van Gogh’s world as his paintings dance around you in rich colors and vivid detail at this multi-sensory digital exhibition (closes Dec. 31).*
Indiana Audubon’s 125th Anniversary Celebration | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Eagle Creek Park, 7840 W. 56th St., Indianapolis | Free | Bring your binoculars and prepare to be awed at the spectacle of fall migration in full swing.
Kick for One Kickball Tournament | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Chuck Klein Sports Center, 4702 Rockville Rd., Indianapolis | Free | Watch the 7th annual tournament and take part in a family festival complete with food trucks, vendors, a live DJ, and games.
Carmel International Arts Fest | Saturday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 24 | Times vary | Carmel Arts and Design District, Main Street + Rangeline Road | Free | Peruse work from 120+ artists, indulge in local food, and dance the night away during the evening street party.
Sunday, Sept. 24
13th Annual Bow WOW Bash | Sunday, Sept. 24 | 12-5 p.m. | Williams Park, 940 E. Locust Ln., Brownsburg | $5 | This outdoor family event features 80+ vendors, food trucks, entertainment, pet contests, a lure course, a silent auction, an adoption event, and the Hendricks Power Ball Drop.
Monday, Sept. 25
Hamilton County Artists’ Association Art Show | Friday, Sept. 22-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | Carmel Clay Public Library, 425 E. Main St., Carmel | Cost of purchase | View and purchase artwork by Hamilton County artists in this special exhibit.
We’ve got the (J.D.) Power — according to this year’s North America Airport Satisfaction Study, Indianapolis International Airport ranks highest among medium airports for a second consecutive year. If you’ll be traveling through it soon, check out our guide.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting job fairs on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 13 locations across the state for winter positions. Get more information.(WTHR)
Yom Kippur begins at sundown this Sunday, Sept. 24, marking the beginning of the Day of Atonement and holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Those who observe will refrain from eating or drinking until nightfall on Monday, Sept. 25. Here’s a list of local gatherings you can attend.
Liquor licenses can be expensive — which is why Fishers is taking advantage of a state program that provides unlimited licenses to qualified municipal riverfront development districts. This will cover the area encompassing Crossing at Fishers District, where an arena, restaurants, retail space, hotel rooms, offices, and apartments are under construction. (IndyStar)
October is going to be positively dreamy. Get a sneak peek inside Dream Palace Books & Coffee, opening in the Old Northside in October. Keep an eye on Instagram for an exact date. (IndyStar)
The Global Entrepreneurship Network just announced that it’s bringing its annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress event to Indianapolis June 1-5, 2025. The event attracts about 2,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and startup ecosystem builders from around the world each year. (IBJ)
A new coalition has developed a complaint form to track noise violations, parking, and safety hazards related to short-term rentals (like Airbnbs) in Indy. The group is hoping that the data will help close the most troubled rentals. (WISH)
National Coffee Day is coming up next week, and we’ve certainly got something to raise a cappuccino to — Indianapolis was just ranked #48 on WalletHub’s list of Best Coffee Cities in America. Find a place to celebrate with our coffee guide.
Meet Beam Dream: a nighttime hot cocoa crafted with ingredients like reishi and melatonin. In a clinical study, 93% of users woke up feeling more refreshed. Get sippin’.*
“Just saw “Twice Under” at Kan-Kan. A murder story filmed here and focused on and in the downtown sewer system. A bit of a stinker but some good shots of downtown.” — Tess K.
“I was an extra (spectator) in the stands when they filmed ‘Eight Men Out.’ The movie needed a set of a baseball field ~1910, and we had Bush Stadium.” — Preston T.
“I believe a number of scenes from the movie ‘A League of Their Own’ were shot in Indy.” — Mason Z.
Indiana’s love affair with sports movies is very clear — in addition to the two baseball movies mentioned above, several of you reminded us of “Breaking Away” (filmed in Bloomington) and “Rudy” (filmed in South Bend and Whiting.)
Many readers mentioned “A League of Their Own,” so city editor Shea looked into it and could only find record of production filming in Huntingburg and Evansville; let us know if you know otherwise!
I loved filtering through all of your Indy-made movie recs this week — my own father was quick to text and remind me about “Breaking Away” and “Rudy,” just like many of you did too. In the meantime, I’m adding So Cold The River, which INDYtoday covered the production of last year, to my spooky season watchlist.