Upcoming events

    • 23 Jan 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN

    Public Event - CIWC 2019 Trips Roll-Out

    Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd

      January 23, 2019  6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Join the Central Indiana Wilderness Club (CIWC) as we announce to the general public our major trips and events for calendar year 2019. Trip leaders will be present to discuss trip details and will be available for questions. For 2019, we will announce trips relating to backpacking, hiking, paddling and some skills-related workshops.

    This event (Public Roll Out) is open to both CIWC dues-paying members and the general public via various media outlets such as Meetup and Facebook.

    There will be a 30 minute social time (with light refreshments) starting at 6:30 prior to the meeting at 7:00.

    Some of these trips are one week in length and some are weekend events.  All provide an affordable experience to the participants.

    We have trips for beginners and those with lots of outdoor experience. On a CIWC trip you will have the opportunity to explore new places and meet new friends. Our trips are small and friendly, averaging eight people per trip, organized by a CIWC member. Our membership includes people who vary widely in age, experience and ability.

    Our out-of-state trips usually include transportation in the club van. Our van is a 2011, 12-passenger and allows the group plenty of ride space and gear storage.  (Typical travel group is 8 or 9 people). 

    At this Roll Out event you will have the opportunity to officially join / rejoin CIWC and become qualified to register for “members only” events.  We have online capability including PayPal or credit card payments.  Annual dues are $35 Single or $50 Family.

    Many of the trip rosters will fill at this event. Some have already been filled by club members who have received advanced notice. (i.e. - a benefit of membership)

    Come and meet fellow adventurers who all share in the love of out-of-doors. See old friends and find some new ones. You, as well as any guests you wish to bring, are welcome!

    Club members enjoy a quarterly newsletter, early notice of trips, seasonal “socials” and the benefit of being involved in one of Indiana's longest-established, formal non-profit clubs for the enjoyment of all things “outdoors”.

    Hope to see everyone there!

    CIWC Communications

    • 01 Feb 2019
    • 03 Feb 2019
    • Bradford Woods, 5040 State Road 67 N, Martinsville, IN 46151

    Food Workshop and Hiking Weekend

    Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN

    February 1-3, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Jill Whelan

    Type of Trip: Food/Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $135/$68

    Cancellation Date and full payment: January 3, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 - typical meetup day event in good weather setting with cell coverage         

    Trip Difficulty: Easy, 6-8 mile maximum during weekend, little elevation

    Group Size: 14/12 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Planning food for your backcountry adventure can be a challenge.  You want tasty, easy to prepare meals that are light weight.  It’s possible to achieve all of these objectives, but it requires some planning and preparation.  This week-end workshop will help you learn various methods for preparing and cooking food in the back country, including, dry mixes, dehydrated foods and specialty ingredients.  We’ll taste test our recipes and you’ll come home with sample meals and a cookbook of recipes you can use on your next trip. You’ll leave with enough backcountry meals for long week-end trip and a recipe book for future reference.


    To make our week-end even better, we will have the workshop at the beautiful Bradford Woods. The wooded recreation and education property near Martinsville has more than 10 miles of hiking trails to enjoy. We will take a night hike on Friday night and a longer day hike on Saturday while our food is dehydrating. Our accommodations in Agape House will offer us a communal and comfortable environment with a cozy fireplace. 

    This workshop is designed for our CIWC trip leaders and for any other member that want to enhance their outdoor skills. The price includes two nights lodging in Agape House, all meals from dinner on Friday until breakfast on Sunday, and all food used in the back country meal preparation.

    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
    Registration is closed

    CIWC FREE Backpacking Seminar

    March 23, 2019  9:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis

    Registration will open on February 10, 2019

    The Central Indiana Wilderness Club will present a FREE backpacking class, which is open to the public, on Saturday, March 23th from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM.  The location is the Holliday Park Nature Center (6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis, IN).

    Topics will include selecting pieces of gear (hiking boots, sleeping bags, tents, packs, clothing and accessories), learning about "minimalist" backpacking, how to "pack" a backpack, trail safety, water treatment, stoves and cooking, first aid, staying comfortable, and backcountry ethics such as "leave no trace".

    Ever wanted to try backpacking but didn't know how to get started or where to go?  This class is perfect for both novice and experienced backpackers, and a good place for anyone to pick up and share new ideas.

    The Central Indiana Wilderness Club has been offering affordable backpacking trips (as well as other adventures) since 1982.  For over 20 years the club has presented its annual backpacking class.  Come to this class and get on board to take backpacking trips as close as southern Indiana, or as far away as you can imagine.  The presenters are seasoned adventurers with experience in places such as the Appalachian Trail, The Grand Canyon, the Canadian Wilderness and more.

    Don't miss this FREE class! Contact Leslie Green (ciwcinfo@gmail.com) with questions.

    The Central Wilderness Club is a not-for-profit volunteer-run club founded for the purpose of providing reasonably priced backpacking, hiking, canoeing/rafting, biking, cross-country skiing d and other wilderness adventures for members.  Membership is open to anyone with a real interest in the outdoors.


    Please RSVP (register) to help us anticipate turnout.

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