Hoosier Outdoor Experience

Sponsoring Agency or Organization

Contact: Amanda Wuestefeld

Email: awuestefeld@dnr.IN.gov

Phone: 317-547-2075

Program details

Our annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience will stand out from other events such as sport shows, outdoor trade shows, and commercial events in many ways. The most important difference between an Outdoor Experience and other events is that we will strictly focus on hands-on and interactive learning events that will teach outdoor skills and conservation to kids, families, and minorities that are currently less experienced in the outdoors. Additionally, our event will focus on Indiana’s outdoor heritage and culture. All participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at an array of outdoor activities and skills. For example, we are considering offering stations on hunting and fishing skills, compass/GPS skills, wildlife management, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, history and culture of our natural resources, and camping.

Planning and Evaluation

Program objectives: 

Build awareness and support for conservation, outdoor education and recreation

Introduce new users, especially families and minorities to the outdoors

Create awareness of the critical role and contribution of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in management, stewardship, and conservation of the state’s natural resources

Manual or Plan

This program has a manual or plan: Yes

Comments: The Weatherby Foundation has a support manual to help states that are interested in implementing this type of program


This program is evaluated: Yes

Metrics used to measure success and evaluate this program:

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Approximate cost to agency/organization to implement program: $150000.00

Approximate staff effort required to implement program: 400 staffers over 3 days, plus about 20 staff over the last 18 months involved in committee planning work