Club Field Trips

April 2, 2022

Spring flowers at Holiday Park


April 30, 2022

Holland and Grand Haven Michigan.  This will be a visit the Veldheer Tulip Gardens, the Windmill Island Gardens; the Big Red Lighthouse; the Grandhaven South Pierhead lighthouse. An overnight stay is optional

May 14, 2022


Shrader-Weaver Woods to photograph Blue-Eyed Mary wild flowers.

May 28-29, 2022


The New Harmony and Hovey Lake field trip is being scheduled for spring.  Hopefully, COVID will not be an issue in the spring.

September 24, 2022


Model T Ford Covered Bridge Tour in Parke County, Indiana. 

Previous Field Trips

Past field trips are listed for members who may want to return to previous locations


December 2020 On Your Own


Shoot sandhill cranes at Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.  The fish and wildlife area is 111-miles and 2hr drive.  (numbers usually peak Nov./Dec.), For those who are interested, the North Judson Railroad Museum is just a short drive from there.   Information on the fall migration is at  During the day, the cranes forage in the surrounding fields.  Photographers should be able to get their best sandhill crane shots at the J-P Goose Pasture Viewing Area around sunrise and sunset when the flocks of cranes fly in and out of the pasture.


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Meet in Metamora, a historic town with the charm of old buildings and the appearance of days gone by.  It is a 68-mile drive from downtown Indianapolis and takes 1 hr and 16 minutes. Photo opportunities include the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, the Metamora Grist Mill, and the Whitewater Valley Railroad.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

 Field Trip to Eagle Creek Park.  Meet at the Scott Starling Nature Sanctuary which is on the west side of Eagle Creek Park.  (9/19 is Rosh Hashanah which may be a conflict for some members.)  The Nature Sanctuary is a state preserve but is maintained by the Eagle Creek Park.  There are parking spaces for eight to ten cars.  No admission fees are required.  There is a well-maintained gravel trail to two observation decks overlooking Eagle Creek reservoir that are good locations for photographing herons, egrets, and eagles wading birds and other water fowl.  A telephoto lens is recommended for bird photography.  Scott Starling Nature Sanctuary also has a boardwalk through a marsh area.  The trail winds around and then climbs a wooded bluff on the west side of Eagle Creek to Eagle’s Crest.  The first part of this trial through the marsh area is easy but gets a little more rugged as it goes up through the woods.  This marsh trail is a wonderful location for wild flowers, dragon flies or scenery of a small creek. A macro lens or mid-range zoom lens may work best for this part of the Nature Sanctuary.  

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Field trip to Delphi at 10:00.  Delphi is 76 miles from downtown, Indianapolis and driving time is about 1hr 13 min.  The city of Delphi was platted in 1828.  It took its name from the ancient city of Delphi in Greece.  Its location next to the Wabash River and the Erie Canal helped to tie together northern and southern Indiana. There are a number of historic buildings in the downtown which may be of photographic interests such as: the Carroll County Courthouse built in 1916, the Opera House, North Street for gorgeous homes, the Monon High Railroad Bridge, the Wabash Ernie Canal Park, Adams Grist Mill built in 1845 and Adams Mill Covered Bridge built in 1872 and many other locations.  

July 18, 2020

Indianapolis Canal Walk on Saturday, July 18th at 7:00pm with the early evening light.  Parking is available in the Indiana State Museum underground lot which has a doorway directly onto the canal walkway.  Members can meet at the State Museum steam clock.  The N Blackford Street bridge is at this location which provides a nice vantage point directly over the canal with the cityscape in the background.  It is a short walk to one of the pedestrian bridges.  The veteran’s memorial is also close.  There are many subjects to choose from including the city skyline, canal reflections, monuments, artwork, street photography, or macro images of the flowerbeds.

January 18, 2020

Eitlejorg Museum, 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis coordinated by Mike Hertel . Free admission. Park in the underground ramp.
 Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The exhibit features miniature versions of local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains then head through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful, the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam and much more.  

November 2, 2019

Bridges to Indiana's Past  There is a potential of 7 bridges to shoot on the route! Members can elect to shoot them all, or design their own day.   First stop is Cataract Falls Covered Bridge. At one time, Cataract Falls was the most photographed covered bridge in the US.  This is followed by Houck Covered Bridge, Oakalla Covered Bridge, Bridgeton Covered Bridge and Mill, Conley's Ford Covered Bridge, Mansfield Covered Bridge and Roller Mill, and 3 more bridges on the way to Rockville, Indiana.   

September 13-15, 2019

Weekend field trip to Michigan Vineyards, Gilmore Car Museum  Stop at two Wineries for photography and wine tasting in the morning. Lunch on your own followed by a cider tour in the afternoon.  Dinner in Holland MI followed by a potential trip to Big Red Lighthouse for those interested.  Saturday's agenda includes a trip to the Gilmore Car Museum or a visit to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. A guided tour of Bell's Comstock Brewery and a dinner in Kalamazoo. Sunday's activities include a visit to Kalamazoo Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience in the morning and on your own in the afternoon. This promises to be a great weekend with lots of photo opportunities and fun!  

May 25, 2019


Field Trip to Conner Prairie. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd. Fishers, IN 46038.  

Join your Rivi friends for a special morning at Conner Prairie. Conner Prairie is going to provide costumed staff members for the photo shoot. They will portray an early Indiana Settler and a Native American. We will also be able to walk around the entire park.

Wear appropriate clothing including footwear. If it is warm, insect repellent might be useful. Tripods, flashes, and virtually anything else photographic is perfectly OK.

April 20, 2019

Field Trip to the Celery Bog Nature Area, 1620 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette, IN.   This 195-acre property contains five wetland basins covering 105 acres. This area is listed by DNR's Indiana Natural Heritage Program as one of the "significant sites" in the state that provides a diverse natural setting for wildlife and people alike.  It is the home of many unusual plants and the opportunity to view nearly 120 different species of birds.  Rabbits, coyotes, opossums and other small mammals dwell there, as well as many amphibious creatures-all attracted to its rich and unique wetland habitat. The Celery Bog Nature Area is home to the Lilly Nature Center and contains 4.3 miles of paved Cattail Trail and 2.5 miles of natural paths through the woods, savanna and prairie. Many sections of these trails take you right beside the marsh. Interpretive signs, audio informational units, and three observation decks are associated with these trails making hiking very enjoyable.  The Bog is home to a variety of wildlife, particularly in the Spring and the Fall when migrating birds rest in the marsh.  Bird families most likely to be found here include herons, egrets, coot, ducks, geese, hawks, woodpeckers, bluebirds, sparrows and warblers.  

November 3, 2018

Field Trip to Prophetstown State Park, West Lafayette, IN. Located where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash near the town of Battle Ground northeast of Lafayette. The park's landscape has been shaped by ice from glaciers, moving water, fire and human hands that helped maintain the vast tall prairie grass. Native American people hunted and lived along the two rivers for thousands of years.  Through their unique partnership with The Farm at Prophetstown, visitors can discover 1920s farm lifestyles, Native American culture and take a stroll through 900 acres of restored prairie.  Prophetstown is restoring native habitats such as wetlands, wet slopes called fens, prairie and open woodlands.  And the fall color is glorious!