You can now send us your favorite ideas

Do you have an activity or event that you think Indiana Outdoors should include in our show? Then check out our new ideas page and fill out the simple form online. It is easy, and will only take a minute or two. With this new feature we can tailorour show to fit the needs of our viewers. We are all very excited to hear the about your favorite events and activities. Let’s all work together to share the great outdoors.

Hot Air Ballooning in Indiana

hot air ballon

It is literally a once in a lifetime experience. Hot air ballooning is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable and memorable activities that any one person could do. Soaring so high above the hustle and bustle of everyday life is incredibly peaceful. Then, gliding down to wave to people watching as we pass over makes you feel like a movie star. It’s a wonderful experience that can be enjoyed pleasurably all year long at sunrise or sunset.

People might think that it would be too cold to take part in the winter months. However, the flames that guide the balloon also provide enough heat. Then, with the passengers all nestled together, you completely forget about the cold. Now you might be worrying about the hotter months. Never fear, because it is still perfect weather then too. No matter when you ride in a hot air balloon it will be the perfect time, setting and experience. To see Eve Liverett’s segment on hot air balloons watch episode 309.

ISAB 2010 College Video Magazine award winner

We are proud to announce that Indiana Outdoors has been awarded the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters 2010 College Competition Video Magazine 1st place award. We have won this award multiple times (2008, 2007, and 2006) and very grateful. Indiana Outdoors represented Ball State University, along with other student-run productions. We entered our 306 episode centered around hosts on cruising the White River canal in Indianapolis. We covered a tree farm, dairy farm,wolf park, and caving in southern Indiana. To view this award winning show visit our episode page.

Join us at the Fall 2010 SuperParty

New to the Ball State campus? Like free food? Eager to get involved with your major? GREAT!
Come to the Ball State College of Communication, Information, and Media SuperParty! to learn about more than 30 student organizations in the CCIM. Led by YOU. Run by YOU.
Get out, get involved, and bring your friends!
The SuperParty will start on the second floor of AJ (Arts and Journalism Building) and continue through the lobby of the David Letterman Building, Tuesday, August 31, 6-8pm. Look out for the Indiana Outdoors booth, as we will be providing information about our group. We will have members present for any of your questions, along with interactive segments from previous episodes, and free candy! Sign up to join a great student group. Come out to the Fall 2010 SuperParty. Click here to see a promotional video over the SuperParty.

Morning Dove

Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center, located near Zionsville, IN, is a place that is held dear in many hearts. Over 100 children take weekly lessons here, but these children and lessons are unique, just like the animals they spend time with. Morning Dove is a place where mentally or physically handicapped children can experience therapeutic riding. By doing special exercises on horses, these children learn muscle coordination and many other skills that benefit the unique situation that each is in. The trainers and volunteers are also a huge part of the experience. Not only teachers, but also friends to the riders, these people do so much for the Center. Then there are the horses. The connection between the horses and their riders is so special. It is obvious that the horses understand a person’s limitations and do everything they can to help their rider out.

Strawtown Koteewi Park

We visited Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville, IN all the way back in the fall. Strawtown has an infinite amount of activities and possibilities for the avid outdoor recreationist. First of all, their multi-use trails are one of only few in Indiana. With over five miles of these trails that offer such things as horseback riding (BYOH! Bring your own horse!), biking and running/walking, it is not hard to find something to do at Strawtown. If education is your thing, make sure to visit the Taylor Center of Natural History, which contains an archaeology lab, classrooms, exhibit area, and artifact curation areas. The Center offers a wide range of classes and activities for school age children to adults. The park also has become a hot bed of archaeological activity recently. Strawtown Koteewi Park offers 750 acres of history, recreation, and fun. Make sure to check them out in our May episode of Indiana Outdoors!

Archeologist digging at Strawtown Koteewi Park

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Episode #307 airs February 26, 2010

Watch our seventh show of our third season on February 26th, 2010. It will be aired on WIPB-TV at 6:00pm. On this half hour show we start in Muncie, Indiana at Minnetrista. We then travel to Attica, Indiana for an inside look of how three brothers challenge each other at Badlands Off Road Park. Indiana James then takes us to historical Native American mounds in southern Indiana, where he investigates the great mound builders of North America. Our next story is about Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana. Pokagon is famous for there quarter-mile, two-laned, toboggan track. You can find out more about our trip in our previous post. Our last story is the Avon Gardens in Hendricks County where Beth learns about many unique plant life native to our Hoosier state.

Make sure to watch our latests episode on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 6pm on WIPB. That is channel WIPB-DT 49.1 check local listings for show time. You can also look at WIPB’s  coverage map. If you are unable to watch on WIPB, look for updates on our episodes page. Indiana Outdoors also is shown on Comcast-on-Demand for most of the state of Indiana. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive more information of when our shows will be available to you. If you would like to order a DVD copy of the show, please email

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INDIANA OUTDOORS helps raise money for Haiti

IO table at Project Haiti: Ball State Edition

Our table at the Project Haiti: Ball State Edition

As Americans, we are blessed to grow up in a nation that reaches out to others in need. After the horrific earthquake that devastated Haiti, Hoosiers have decided to help out in any way they can. The act of giving is a virtue that is instilled with those who grow up in the Midwest. INDIANA OUTDOORS teamed up with a dozen other Ball State University student-run groups to help raise money for the Red Cross to sent to Haiti. In only 48-hours we were able to raise $125 for those in need. The multicultural center held Project Haiti: Ball State Edition for organizations to provide ways to raise money for the shattered nation. INDIANA OUTDOORS collected donations and honored them by placing their names on our upcoming episode on February 26, 2010. We would like to thank all of you who supported us for this good cause. Don’t forget to look for your name in honor of your donation. If you would like to make a donation please visit

Traveling to Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park toboggan slide

Two lane toboggan slide at Pokagon State Park

On January 30th, 2010 INDIANA OUTDOORS traveled to beautiful Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana. We talked with park management to find out all of the activities the park puts on during the winter months. The most famous activity is the two lane, quarter-mile toboggan run. It is Indiana’s only refrigerated toboggan slide. It is run by the State Park and Reservoirs division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The first toboggan slide was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. It was a single track with one curve. Legend has it they cut blocks of ice out of the lake to create the track. The track has gone through six major renovations, with the latest being in 1998.

The track is refrigerated, so snow is not needed to enjoy the thrill of traveling over 35mph. They have three and four person sleds, to accommodate any size. INDIANA OUTDOORS was able to take six of our members down the slide to capture the feeling of traveling at high speeds. The also offer a warming center with concessions so that you can enjoy the fun all day.

We found out that tobogganing isn’t the only thing to do in Pokagon State Park. They offer a 138-room inn overlooking Lake James, hundreds of primitive camping sites, and a nature center. Inside you can observe various animal habitats. They often showcase animals such as snakes, frogs, and turtles to people of all ages during feeding time. INDIANA OUTDOORS is honored to experience everything Angola, Indiana has to offer, and to broadcast it to our viewers. Keep an eye out for when it will air on WIPB-TV and online here at

New Start

Indiana Outdoors is gearing up for a new semester with some new members. As a Ball State student group we hold meetings every Wednesday at 6pm in LB269 on the second floor of the Letterman building. On Wednesday, January 27th we will be looking forward to some new members we have gained from the TCOM Super Party. Plus we will be holding host tryouts from 7pm-9pm. If you think you have what it takes to host Indiana Outdoors, then stop by. This will be a new chapter for your outdoor show all about Indiana.