Strawtown Koteewi Park is a must see for any history buff. The park has become a site of archaeological activity in recent years, with students from Ball State University, IPFW, Indiana University and Indiana State University contributing their time to the collection and curation of artifacts found in the park.
If history doesn't interest you, this 750-acre park also includes a canoe launch on the White River for boating and fishing, nature trails for hiking or cycling, equestrian trails for riding, and wetlands and prairies for enjoying the park's natural beauty.
Many exciting future developments are planned for the county's largest park including a lake, sledding & tubing hill, prehistoric interpretive exhibit, expanded trail system, and a lodge. Check out the already completed Koteewi Archery, a state-of-the-art target and 3D shooting range, along with Koteewi Aerial Trail Adventures, treetop trails and zip lines that provide thrills for everyone at every skill level!
Researchers have discovered that the major occupancy of this property dates back to 1200-1400 A.D. Artifacts found include arrowheads, pottery and remains of what the occupants may have eaten, including bear and elk. Researchers have also discovered evidence of post holes, storage pits and fire pits that show the location of early villages and huts on the property.
Taylor Center of Natural History
This park offers all ages a chance to learn more about the historical and archaeological significance of Strawtown Koteewi Park by visiting the new Taylor Center of Natural History. The center includes an archaeology lab, classrooms, exhibit area and artifact curation area.
The center is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Programs & Events
Together, the Taylor Center of Natural History and Strawtown Koteewi
Park offer a variety of programs, focused on topics ranging from Native
Americans to star gazing, and bird / nature hikes to history. Check out
our Calendar for upcoming programs and events.