Park Hop

Update 3/25/2020: The Park Hop is still a “go” – we all need nature! Please, follow CDC social distancing guidelines while you do the scavenger hunt.

The Park Hop is almost over, so get hopping!

Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Indiana is now on a Stay-at-Home Order. Parks are still open, though, and we hope that the scavenger hunt can add some normalcy and fun to your life!

If you are still doing the Park Hop, please follow the CDC’s social distancing rules and wash your hands often! DNR is encouraging everyone to limit group sizes to families or 10 people maximum.

If you completed some of the scavenger hunt, good work! We hope you enjoyed it! Normally, we would have a celebration where kids can come learn about nature and claim prizes based on how many parks they visited. Instead:

  • We’re asking parents to help each child fill out a basic little form, to tell us how many parks each child visited – – – and enter to win the Grand Prizes! Click here to enter to win the Grand Prizes!
  • Please fill out the form by Saturday, April 4th.
  • Normally, the Grand Prize is reserved for kids who visited 10 or more parks. However, this year, because we can’t give out the smaller prizes and celebrate in person, any child who visited even one park is eligible for the Grand Prize drawing.
  • Kids can win one of two State Park pass.
  • We’ll draw for the two winners and mail out the Grand Prizes during the following week.
  • If you missed out this year, don’t worry: we’ll do the Park Hop again next year!

Click here to hear how the Park Hop works!

It’s time for the 2020 Jefferson County Park Hop

A community-wide scavenger hunt in nature!

#ParkHopJeffCo

What’s a Park Hop? How does it work?

The Park Hop is a free, community-wide scavenger hunt through our parks and nature preserves. Jefferson County, Indiana is full of places for you to explore in nature. The Park Hop is a fun way for families (and kids of all ages) to get outside and have fun.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’re joining thousands of other groups to host Earth Day events all year long. This year, the Park Hop clues challenge you to learn about the natural world and have fun in nature.

From waterfalls to forests, and city parks to lakes, there’s something for everyone, right here in our backyard. (Scroll to the bottom for a map of the 20+ parks in the Park Hop and parking details.)

Visit as many parks as you can, and have FUN exploring new parks. As you go, answer the clues on your Passport.

Click here to download your free 2020 Park Hop Passport with Earth Day themed clues!

Are There New Clues This Year?

Yes! This year, the clues will have an Earth Day theme! The Park Hop is one of 50 events we’re helping to host with an Earth Day “twist” this year. Check out the website to see what else is happening in southeast Indiana. Let’s make Earth Day Every Day!

Kids can claim prizes based on how many parks they visit.

Where are the clues listed?

The “Passport” lists the parks and the scavenger hunt clues for each park and nature preserve. Click here to download your free 2020 Park Hop Passport with Earth Day themed clues!

When is the Park Hop?

March 6 – April 4, 2020 – perfect for a Spring Break adventure!

Where are the Parks?

All over Jefferson County. We made an interactive map to help (Scroll down – it’s at the bottom of this page). Addresses for all of the parks are listed on the Passport. Plus, we tried to get as many of the parks as possible recognized on Google Maps.

Someone said there are prizes…

We are adapting the prizes, in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak. Adults can help youth 18 & under fill out this form to enter to win one of the Grand Prizes. Please fill out the form by Saturday, April 4. We’ll draw for winners the following week.

Normally, prizes are available for youth (ages 18 & under) that complete all clues at 1, 5, or 10 parks. Prizes include things like magnifying glasses, nature-themed books, and more! Submitting all clues for more than 10 parks will enter youth for the grand prize drawing – a one year pass to all Indiana state parks.

How do I turn in the clues and claim prizes?

Update 3/25/2020: We are adapting the prizes, in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak. Adults can help youth 18 & under fill out this form to enter to win one of the Grand Prizes. Please fill out the form by Saturday, April 4. We’ll draw for winners the following week.

Normally, families can have fun and claim kids’ prizes at our Park Hop Celebration, but this event has been cancelled. This is normally the only opportunity to claim prizes. Just bring along each child’s passport, with their answers to the clues (this is how they show which parks they visited).

Come for the prizes – but also for hands-on nature activities and a campfire!

The park has several entrances. For the Celebration, we will meet at the yellow circle (in the picture below). Enter the park where Cragmont Street dead ends into the park (near the intersection of 1st and Cragmont). Street parking is available.

This is neat – I want to invite my friends!

We’re grateful that you want to you help spread the word! Share this website, and post something to social media (maybe you all “hopping” in the air at the park!) add #ParkHopJeffCo.

Who’s Supporting the Park Hop?

Oak Heritage Conservancy is leading the Park Hop, but this is truly a team effort. Our partners are hard working and fun. We’re grateful! They include:

I still have a few questions.

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at [email protected].

Where did you get this idea?

The Park Hop isn’t a brand new idea. Oak Heritage Conservancy learned about a Park Hop in Greenville, South Carolina. Community organizations started their Park Hop in in 2013. That year, over 100 families participated. Their Park Hop has grown each year, and now includes a year-round scavenger hunt and events at the parks. Last year, over 1,100 children participated. We’ve been talking with them, and they’ve helped us adapt the idea for our community.

This is our second year to host the Park Hop. We hop you’ll join us!

Go outside and have a hopping good time in nature!

Where are the Parks?

Click on this map to find the 19 parks and nature preserves in the #ParkHopJeffCo. We’ve provided some helpful hints about finding the parks and parking in the description of each park.

You will also be able to type each park name into Google maps. We hope this makes it easier to find the parks in 2020!