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Welcome ToTreetop Outpost

Treetop Outpost is open April through October

Play freely. Dig into the dirt. Escape into an outdoor world of adventure! This area features a giant 4-story treehouse and fun areas for exploring, building and even playing songs on outdoor instruments. Come connect with the natural materials in the world around you. Disconnect from gadgets and unplug in a beautiful wooded setting. There's no "one way" to play here! Whether you're a little explorer or a full-grown expert, Treetop Outpost will captivate your imagination.

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Dig Up a Piece of the Past!

The physical landscape of our world can lead to important lessons about who we are and where we come from. In the DIG area at Treetop Outpost, you can pick up a shovel or a brush and see what you might uncover in the sand. Don't be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! You might uncover artifacts that can help make sense of the past.

Treetop Outpost is part of the Bicentennial Nature Center Network and an official Bicentennial Legacy Project. This project has been generously supported by the following:

Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation
Estridge Family Foundation 
Conner Prairie Alliance
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
The Robert and Joy Elzer Family
The Hagerman Group
Ball Brothers Foundation
Allen Whitehill Clowes 
Charitable Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. James E. Shields
Ruddell Trust
The Indianapolis Garden Club

As a member of the Bicentennial Nature Center Network, Conner Prairie encourages everyone to get outside and explore! K-12 Indiana students can learn more about connecting to the land and how to claim their own 'Nature IN-Deed' with unique geographic coordinates for their very own spot in the Children of Indiana Nature Park. Visit ILoveMyLand.org to find your piece of nature.      

  • Bang on the Drum All Day

    What could be better than making beautiful music? Making it OUTDOORS! Create unique sounds and get in tune with nature.

  • The Excitement is Building

    Dream up something amazing, then build it with your own hands using bamboo poles, wood blocks and fabric.

  • Show Your Art Side, Outside

    Today is a great day to make a masterpiece. Paint concrete vases with water, weave through the willows and push a limestone roliquery to create something beautiful!

  • Ready or Knot

    Can you tie a double overhand? What about a lariat loop? Every good explorer needs to know a few helpful knots. Come learn the ropes at our knot tying station!

  • Take a Closer Look

    Use a high-powered magnifying glass to get a closer look at bugs, rocks, leaves…even animal pelts! What can you uncover with your eyes?

  • Book an Escape

    Looking to learn something new about nature? Or just sit in a quiet place to get away for a few minutes? Our reading room is a cozy space with fun books for readers of all ages.

  • The Adventure Continues!

    Looking to explore a little deeper? Stop by Treetop Workshop and take an Adventure Backpack with you! You’ll have all the tools you need to take a closer look at beautiful birds or intriguing insects along our Nature Walk.

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When kids can run freely and dig into the dirt, they discover new things about the world. Your generous donation to Conner Prairie helps us make nature more accessible to more people, opening new pathways for inspiration and growth.

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