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Enjoy Local Outdoor Winter Fun

In the peak of the coldest months, there are great opportunities to bundle up and connect with Mother Nature’s frostiest season.

White Pine Wilderness Academy is hosting a Winter Tree Identification class led by Greg Monzel, a community herbalist, from 1 to 4 p.m. on January 6, for those curious to learn how to identify trees by their bark and not by their leaves.

Attendees will first meet in the toasty yurt at White Pine to learn vocabulary and how to use a winter tree key guide. Then participants will head outdoors to practice their skills.

For lovers of winter snowfalls and sports, an ultimate sledding competition called The Sleddy will occur at Fishers’ Flat Fork Creek Park when weather conditions are “just right.”

This event is based on The Eddie, the internationally known and infamous big-wave surfing tournament held in Hawaii, when conditions are “just right."

Pre-Registration is required, and the event may occur any day between January 3 and March 19. Teams can be made up of two to five people and of all ages. They’ll create a sledding device and will be judged based on speed, distance and creativity.

The Garfield Park Conservatory offers many events this winter for children and families to connect with nature inside in the warmth. Wintertime Fun is a chance for children to learn about animals and their winter activities from 10 to 11 a.m. on January 31 with stories and craft. Recommended ages for participants is 2 to 5.

Admission for Winter Tree ID is $25. Location: 841 W. 63rd St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-774-6360 or visit

Registration for The Sleddy is required. Location: 16141 E. 101st St., Fortville. For more information, call 317-595-3150 or visit Fishers.In.US/parks.

Admission for Wintertime Fun: $5 per child +1 adult. Location: 2345 Pagoda Dr., Indianapolis. For more information, visit

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