Explore Indiana_ Home of the Endangered Myotis Bat: Sodalis Nature Park in Plainfield, Indiana

Things to do in Indiana: Take a trip to Sodalis Nature Park to Spot a Myotis Bat

We love to explore new things, especially FREE things to do in Indiana. One day, while exploring in the countryside (of what I thought was Morgan County), we stumbled upon a large area of preserved lands and followed the signs to Sodalis Nature Park. This Hendrick's County park sits near Morgan and Marion Counties down Camby Road, just off 975 East. Since then, we've discovered the many family activities held on Saturdays in the new shelter, travelled many of the hiking trails, and even participated in the catch and release fishing. Yes... we made the bat houses and you should too!

Hiking Trails in Indiana
Hike the animal trails at Sodalis Park.
Sodalis Nature Park: Home of the Endangered Myotis Bat in Plainfield, Indiana
Sodalis Nature Park: Home of the Endangered Myotis Bat in Plainfield, Indiana. 
Nestled at the edge of three Indiana counties, the Sodalis Nature Park is Plainfield's best kept secret and one they'd love to share. The 5 1/2 acre catch and release pond has an ADA accessible fishing pier and picnic areas with charcoal grills. Relax at one of the pleasantly placed picnic tables and you might spot a Great Blue Herron fishing. Walk along the bank and marvel at the little tadpoles and frogs.
In cooperation with the Indianapolis Airport Authority and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Hendrick's County created the 210 acre park to protect the endangered Myotis Sodalis Bat which resides in the area. The park now preserves native wildlife, woods, open spaces, and grassy areas for all to enjoy through the well-marked nature trails named after various animals you might catch along the trails including, Bobcats, Beavers, and White-tail Deer.
The park is open from dusk to dawn and offers Saturday programming. Admission is free but some programs require registration. Park naturalists do outreach at area libraries, "Animal Tales".  Schedule of Events

Make a day of it and visit these Mooresville area attractions:
Mum FarmGravity Hill (This didn't work for us. It isn't a smart choice either)Treasure's Flea Market (This is awesome! You will find great deals here.), Anderson's Orchard (Try an Apple Slushy)Pioneer Park (Great playground for preschoolers and early elementary age kids)Zydeco's Cajun Restaurant (Known for their alligator)Academy of Hoosier Heritage MuseumGray Brother's Cafeteria (Try the giant, pork tenderloin), and Fairfield Friends Quaker Church.
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Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.