Heart Hike

Heart Hike

Just before Valentine's Day, take the Heart Hike at Ritchey Woods! Finding images on the nature preserve's trails that show heart shapes in nature, and stick around after your hike to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, warm up by the campfire, and check out Indiana wildlife and science artifacts!

During your short, self-led hike, look for images of hearts that are naturally occurring in nature that we've placed along the walking trails, like a heart-shaped tree trunk, birds forming into a heart shape, and more!

This is free and will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 12. No registration required. All are welcome.

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Don't miss the Storywalk!

All February long, don't miss our Storywalk book, "Mae Among the Stars" by Roda Ahmed, celebrating Black History Month! On the day of the Heart Hike (February 12), guided Storywalk readings will run every 30 minutes beginning at noon.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Masks and social distancing are encouraged for all Heart Hike participants.

About American Heart Month

Source: American Heart Association, Inc.

The federally designated event reinforces the importance of heart health and the need for more research, with a reminder to get families, friends and communities involved. It’s a tradition that’s over half a century strong. The first proclamation was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964, nine years after he had a heart attack. Since then, the president has annually declared February American Heart Month.

Volunteer at the Heart Hike

Stay tuned! Volunteer opportunities for this event will be announced soon.