Nature Center


9:30 AM – Cave River Valley Hike
Meet at Donaldson Parking Lot
Have you been to the property that Spring Mill manages in Washington County? It’s full of history! Prepare to get your feet wet as we hike down to the valley!

3:30 PM – The Transformation of Milling
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
With slides of historic maps, photos and documents, David Nord from IU will describe how a national and global revolution in flour milling played out in Indiana. Don’t miss!


10:00 AM – Wildflower Hike
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
The beauty of Spring is all around. Come enjoy a hike around the lake with naturalist, Chris, as he tells you more about the beautiful flowers of Spring. Hike is 45 minutes, rugged.

11:00 AM – Trees Tell a Story
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
Trees can’t talk, but they can tel us a story through their rings and leaves. Learn about trees and their leaves in this interesting program.

3:30 PM – Creek Stomp
Meet at Village Ordinary
Feel the cool spring water on your feet as you explore who calls this creek home.

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10:00 AM – All Tied Up
Lakeview Activity Center
Some knots can help catch a fish; some keep your tent standing, while others can help save a life! Learn about the importance of knots and how they are useful in the outdoors.

1:00 PM – Nature Preserve Hike
Tulip Poplar Shelter
Visit the Mitchell Karst Plains Nature Preserve with Spring Mill Volunteer, Tony. Learn about the history of nature preserves in Indiana. Hike is along the easy Trail 7. Approximately 45 minutes.

9:30 PM – Full Flower Moon Hike
Lakeview Activity Center
Meet Spring Mill Volunteer, Anthony, for this 1 hour moderate hike on Trail 5. See the outdoors after dark and learn about the full flower moon.


11:00 AM Stalactites, Stalagmites and Bats Oh My!
Meet at Pioneer Village Parking Lot
Go on a hike to Donaldson Cave and learn about unique cave formations and bats that live there.

12:00 PM Reptile Rumble
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
Bring your lunch and meet us on the back patio of the nature center to discover what our reptiles like to munch on.

2:00 PM Hidden Caves Hike
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
Visit one of Spring Mill’s virtually unheard of and smallest caves.

See: Adventures in Spring Mill State Park

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Meet us at the Lakeview Activity Center to learn about the different ways that you can volunteer at Spring Mill State Park. There are many things that one can do to make their impact. Here is your chance!

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There was a time when it was VERY RARE to see a beaver in Indiana. That’s not necessarily the case, now. While you may not see them as much as you see deer, it’s pretty easy to tell when they’re around.

Meet us at the Lakeview Activity Center to take a hike to find evidence of a nearby beaver.

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Bring the kids over to Spring Mill to play some fun games. It’s your choice – Bingo or Nature Scavenger Hunt? Complete a game, and you get a prize! We love prizes.

Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.

When you have finished, there’s no reason to head out right away. If the weather is nice, take the family on a hike around the lake or have a nice lunch at the Spring Mill Inn.


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Some of these little guys may not be as scary as you think. Meet a live snake at Spring Mill, and learn all about the ones that we have around Lawrence County. Bring your courage with you!

Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.

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Listen to stories and poems of the beautiful outside world as you relax in the Elm Room at the Spring Mill Inn. This program is guaranteed to motivate you to spend more time outside. The good ol’ outdoors is a perfect family setting (especially when you’re at Spring Mill). Bring your family and get excited for Spring!  *Gate entry fee may apply

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

William Shakespeare