Join us for our first hike of 2020! We will meet at Downey Hill Nature Preserve off of Valley Branch Rd. in Nashville, Indiana. The Downey Hill Nature Preserve is part of the Sycamore Land Trust. We will hike part of the full loop, which is 5 miles. Please dress for the weather, wear layers, wear hiking boots or a sturdy shoe, bring a pack with water, snacks, and whatever else you might need.
*This hike is kid friendly but there is over 350 ft. of elevation gain and loss, the trail is mostly single track with uneven terrain. If your child is used to that kind of difficulty and length then we would love to have them along.
*For this hike we ask that you leave your furry friends at home, look for a special guided hike in 2020 that you can bring your pup to!
Grab your hiking boots everyone, let’s close out 2019 with an awesome hike at one of our favorite places in Indy, Eagle Creek Park! Please meet at the shelter closest to the swimming area. Please meet us at 10am at the parking lot where the swimming is located, bring water, snacks if you need, dress for the weather!
If you come in from the 56th street entrance take your first left and drive all the way down by the water on the right. If you come in from the 71st street entrance take your last right turn and meet us down the by the water. We will mostly hike the red trail, maybe mix in a little blue and who knows if we’re feeling really crazy we’ll add in purple! :0 Really though, the hike will be around 3 miles the terrain is moderate, we will stay together and have a lot of fun enjoying the last day of the year together outside!
Our lovely guide Candice Baggett will be leading this one, and Eagle Creek is her “home park” so she’ll have lots to tell you about it! Learn more about her on our team page.
April is Earth Day month and we plan on celebrating! Join us for an awesome hike at Southwest Way Park in Indianapolis, IN. We will meet at the parking lot at the trailhead, do introductions, and then hit the trails! Dress for the weather, bring water, snacks, etc. if you need and enjoy meeting other wild wilderness women to connect with. The hike will be led by DNK Presents guide Candice Baggett, learn more about Candice here. We hope to see you there!
The Wild Women’s Hike series is a program dedicated to getting more women and girls feeling comfortable and confident in the outdoors. We feel diversity is a competitive advantage and in order to create change for women and girls in the outdoors we need allies to support this. Therefore men or those who identify as gender fluid or gender neutral are welcome to attend these events. ♥
Join us for a wild women’s hike at Jimmy Nash City Park in Martinsville, IN. We will hike the roughly 1.5 mile trail loop in the park. February is Black History Month and to celebrate that is our theme for the hike! I have some links below of some organizations that focus on getting more people of color outdoors like Outdoor Afro, Diversify Outdoors, Brown People Camping, Melanin Base Camp and many others! The hike is beginner friendly, please make sure you dress for the weather, we look forward to seeing you there!
Outdoor Afro: http://outdoorafro.com/
Diversify Outdoors: https://www.diversifyoutdoors.com/
Brown People Camping: https://www.brownpeoplecamping.com/about/
Melanin Base Camp: https://www.melaninbasecamp.com/
DNK Presents organizes and guides empowering adventure experiences for individuals, groups and businesses. We specialize in women’s specific events that support women, girls and people in the LGBTQ community to live adventurously. We started doing free monthly wild women’s hikes to get more women and girls outside feeling more comfortable and confident in the outdoors. We believe that inclusivity is an asset and we know that in order to move the needle for women we need the support of our male allies, and those who are gender neutral or gender fluid to support this cause. We invite people of all ages, we’ve had mother’s wrap their children on themselves before and folks well into their 80s hike with us. We welcome people of all colors and cultural backgrounds! If you believe in getting more women and girls outdoors and empowering them through nature, then you are welcome to participate in these events with us!
It’s the most beautiful time of year and Brown County is the perfect place to take your fall hikes! We would love to see you this Sunday for a hike around picturesque Stahl Lake in Brown County State Park. We will start at the Nature Center in the park, hike down to the lake and take the trail around the lake and back up to the Nature Center, it’s about 1.5 miles and absolutely beautiful this time of year.
Please bring and take some water, snacks, and anything else you might want for this beautiful hike, the terrain is moderate with about 400 ft. of elevation gain and loss.
The exact address to the Nature Center is here: 1405 State Road 46 W, Nashville, IN 47448
When you enter the park from the North or West gate follow the signs to the Nature Center and park there!
There is a entrance fee to get into the park; passes, pricing and more info. on Brown County State Park is listed here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm
Join us for our beginning/moderate women’s backpacking 2-night adventure! We are so excited to offer the full weekend backpack experience so you can enjoy the wilderness and learn even more! This is a beginner to moderate backpack trip. For the weekend you will hike a total of 10 miles along the rugged Tecumseh trail, despite what you may think about Indiana being flat this trail is not, you will hike up and down with a little over 600 ft. of elevation gain and loss. Equipment is provided at no additional charge on a first come first serve basis.
Weekend Summary: You will meet your guide Friday May 4th by 5pm at the Low Gap Trail parking lot in Morgan-Monroe State Forest, and hike in and stay close to the parking lot that evening to camp. Saturday morning you will pack and up hike about 7-8 miles along the rugged Tecumseh trail to the backcountry camping area, the next day you will hike out the about 2-3 mile back to the parking lot to complete the low gap trail loop.
Tent (2 person)
*Dehydrated backpacking food is provided for everyone (Dinner Friday, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday). All of the backpacking food is vegetarian, we can accommodate for most food allergies if we are notified far enough in advance.
The full gear list for the weekend below.Gear list and recommended clothing:
Tent or hammock (we can also provide)
Extra batteries for flashlight/headlamp
Extra Clothes, Layers (dry fit, wool or technical – cotton is NOT recommended because once it gets wet it stays wet)
2 filled water bottles (Nalgene size 32 oz. at least or 64 oz. total) OR water bladder ***Come with it filled
Gators (for shoes – optional)
Trekking poles (optional)
Plastic or zip lock baggies for storage of small items, and storage of trash or waste
Bathroom “Kit” – zip lock bag, wipes – you may want to duck tape the outside of your waste bag or use a dark bag
Baby wipes or face wipes
Ziplock bags for small items
Camp shoes (cheap pair of flip-flops to wear when we get to the campsite area)
Hiking boots (highly recommended)
Rain Gear (jacket, poncho, rain pants) – Always a good idea even if the forecast does not call for it
Band-Aids’, other First Aide items you may need (DNK has First Aid Kit)
Join us for our partnered Wild Walk with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. We will take a hike through Ellenbarger Park on the east side of Indianapolis and then plant a native tree to Indiana, the Kentucky Coffeetree. The Kentucky Coffeetree is not as well know as other native trees in the area. We are so excited to have Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s own arborist, Molly Wilson with us. She will point out other trees in the park and share some ideas on how we can be more sustainable to the trees and growth of native trees in Indiana to keep our city and state thriving in nature. We hope you will join us on this educational and super fun hike!
It’s time to dust off your hiking boots! We decided to make our first Spring Thaw event of 2018 a hike to really ease you into the outdoors because we know as a beginner hiker, camper or backpacker it can be a bit intimidating. That’s why our first event will be a leisure 2 hour hike at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. Join us with our trained and experienced backpacking guide, Katy Williams. We will hike and explore the beautiful trails and give you more information about hiking, camping, and backpacking while getting to know other outdoorsy women in our community.
10am Meet at the 56th street entrance, first parking lot on the right, begin introductions
10:15am Hike begins
~12pmish Meet back at your vehicle, we’ll plan to grab lunch afterwards, and you are welcome to join!
*There is an entrance fee to get into Eagle Creek Park $5 for Marion County residents and $6 for non-residents.
Do your fears overcome you, or do you overcome your fears?
One of the reasons Kate and I started DNK Presents was because of our love of adventure, and we know there is a direct correlation with the challenges we have faced in the in outdoors and the success we have had in our professional careers.
Fear is the unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, or may cause pain to us. As humans we fear a lot of things in our lives, objects like spiders, snakes, heights, and non-object things such as, asking for a raise, public speaking, and failure. Some people may never overcome their fears, but many times in order to move forward with our life we MUST overcome these fears to be successful and reach our goals.
Signing up for your next adventure is one of the ways you can overcome your biggest fear, and transmit that into your personal and professional life. Check out the list we put together below and start living your next adventure!
Adventure is FUN!
While you’re busy worrying about your biggest fear at home or the office you could be out living your next adventure, whether that’s taking a hike in your favorite park or white water rafting the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Sometimes you need to step away from what is haunting you in order to see it from a different perspective.
Reconnect with NATURE
According to Everyday Health, (http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/major-depression-resource-center/how-nature-helps-depression/) spending time outdoors is a key component in the evidence based treatment called, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which encourages the human body to accept things in life that make people fearful or uncomfortable. Being in nature instills more mindfulness, and makes you more at ease with your worries and fears. So get outside, take some deep breaths, and THEN think about a new career, and take a walk on the wild side.
Not relying on TECHNOLOGY
A recent study done by Kleiner Perkins Caufield, says the average phone user checks their device every 6 minutes or around 150 times a day. Image NOT checking your phone for a day, but rather using your well powered brain to figure out your next move by following trail blazes and reading maps. Psychologists from the University of Utah and the University of Kansas conducted a study and that showed individuals scored 50% better on a creative test after spending four days in nature. http://www.zmescience.com/other/outdoor-activity-problem-solving-14122012/
This proves that those who spend time in nature are better problem solvers because of the ability they have to make conscience decisions without relying on technology.
According to the Forbes article, “Take a Risk: The Odds are Better Than you Think” by Margie Warrell, expert motivational speaker and best selling author, we as humans are innately risk adverse, it’s much easier for us to stay in our comfort zones, not speak up, or going along with change.
But if no one took risks we wouldn’t have most things that have been vital to the advancement of our economy and human race. I’m not suggesting jumping off bridges or diving into something without weighing your options. You should definitely do your research before partaking in an offer or decision that is presented to you, but remember there is sometimes a greater risk in not taking one at all.
Fear what FEAR?
Taking on an outdoor adventure for at least 48 hours will make you realize your biggest fear isn’t so big after all. Overcoming challenges in the outdoors will prepare you to take on just about anything that comes your way. For example, taking a wrong turn on your mountain bike, leading you to the black diamond portion of the trail, it was scary and you may have felt worried and fearful at times, but guaranteed you’ll never forget the experience. These experiences change the way we approach situations that occur in our daily life.
Now, you have 5 reasons to take an adventure to overcome your fears! Hopefully it will let you see your fear with a new perspective, advise you to weigh the positive and negative risks, reconnect with yourself through nature, and most importantly have fun by living life adventurously!
How have your overcome a fear in the past? We’d love to know! Let us know in the comments below or drop us an email at email@example.com.