Field Trip Ideas in Indiana

Field Trip Ideas in Indiana
Indiana has been home to three presidents--William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Harrison. It has been home to several authors, including Gene Stratton-Porter, Jean Shepherd, Booth Tarkington and James Whitcomb Riley. Indiana is also home to three national parks and national historic landmarks, as well as notable state sites, the national headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Wolf Park and more. All are fascinating options for a field trip.

National Parks

Indiana has three national parks, and all three are frequent field trip destinations: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at the northern edge of the state on Lake Michigan, Lincoln's Boyhood Home in Lincoln City, and the George Rogers Clark Memorial and National Historical Park in Vincennes. Two National Historic Landmarks of note are the President Benjamin Harrison Home in Indianapolis, and Grouseland, the Vincennes home of President William Henry Harrison, when he served as governor of the Indiana Territory.

State Parks and Historic Sites

All three of the national parks above have adjacent state parks of the same name. Evansville is home to the Angel Mounds State Historic Site. Other state sites include the Levi Coffin House State Historic Site in Fountain City, Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva, Ernie Pyle State Historic Site in Dana, Whitewater Canal State Historic Site and New Harmony State Historic Site which preserves an experiment by a Utopian Society.

Notable Destinations

Other popular field trip destinations include the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Children's Museum, National Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Champions, all of Indianapolis; the Studebaker National Museum, the Oliver Mansion and the University of Notre Dame all in South Bend; Conner Prairie, a living history museum in Fishers; Wolf Park in Lafayette, the Indiana Railway Museum and African American Museum, both in Evansville; and the Allen County Public Library Geneology collection in Fort Wayne.

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Article Written By Susan Miller

Susan Miller has been a professional journalist since 1990. She edited two weeklies for a chain of suburban newspapers and has written for the "Indianapolis Star," the "Indianapolis Business Journal" and several magazines, among other publications and websites. Miller studied design, photography and technology at Purdue University and Central Piedmont Community College.

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