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Valentine's Zip and Kiss at eXplore Brown County

2018 February 1-28

Romance is in the air at eXplore Brown County! The brisk winter air feels cozy and warm as your honey hugs you 90 feet in the air and displays their devoted love. It is nice to know someone special is waiting for you as you soar on up to 90 feet on one of two tour options. Just in case your honey didn’t hug you tightly enough or the adrenaline has not kicked in, there is hot cocoa waiting for you in the nice warm Harvest Hall. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

TIME: 10 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

March Madness at eXplore Brown County

2018 March 3-31

Couch potatoes unite and toss those Cheetos aside for some adrenaline and adventure of your own! eXplore Brown County guides will share the Spring Break March Madness with you as you soar 90 feet in the air at speeds up to 45 miles an hour. Part of the Hoosier National Hardwood Forest and filled with animals that have just awakened from a long winter of hibernation, you're sure to see a lot of wildlife too! Join in the joy of celebrating the new awakening of life in the forest and enjoy March Madness Brown County style.

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (groups please call and arrange event hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Death March

2018 March 10

The Death March is a bicycle race for teams of two to be the first to reach designated cemeteries in and around the Hoosier National Forest. The ride begins and ends at the Midwest Trail Ride Horseman's Camp (MTR) in Norman, IN. This year's event adds a new Parent/Youth division!

TIME: 7:15 a.m. check in begins; 9:30 a.m. race begins
ADMISSION: $90 - $165
WHERE: 1264 Hunters Creek Rd, Norman, IN
PLACE: Hoosier National Forest

Hibernation is Over at eXplore Brown County

2018 April 1-21, 28

Hibernation is over…COUCH POTATOES REVOLT! Welcome the animals of the forest, it’s Spring at eXplore Brown County and you are a part of the beauty!The animals are out to entertain YOU. So, hop on the fire truck or the WWII Deuce and go deep into the hardwood forest to zip on 15 different zip lines included on 4 tours. Try out the new Leap of Faith and the Stairway to Heaven too! It’s an adventure like no other and you will never forget all the fun! Reserve your spot at eXplore Brown County today.

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (groups please call and arrange event hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Rollfast 8x8 Challenge

2018 April 15

Are you up for a challenge? Take on the Rollfast 8×8. This grueling event is a bicycle road race taking place in the hills of the Brown County State Park. The route is designed in a 11.7 mile loop with a rest stop at the start/finish area. Each lap has approximately 900 feet of vertical gain. The hills are punchy and steep, so use caution when planning your gearing and on the descents! After the ride, relax in the recovery tent with NormaTec boots and a post ride meal. Enjoy music and share stories about your day on the course.

ADMISSION: $40
WHERE: Brown County State Park

Abe Martin’s Bucket List Month at eXplore Brown County

2018 May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 30, 31

You’re never too old to enjoy eXplore Brown County’s 15 different zip lines offered on four uniquely different tours! The courses are low impact and lots of fun for all ages. It only takes a short climb of 12 steps over a 5 foot incline to a platform and then you are soaring on a zip line up to 90 feet in the air! Bucket List Month features the quips of Brown County cartoonist Ken Hubbard’s character Abe Martin. Guides will share the folk characters of Brown County through Hubbard’s humor and Abe’s enlightened words from Brown County history!

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Night Flight Zip Line Tours at eXplore Brown County

2018 June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
     July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
     August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
     September 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
     October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

When the sun goes down, headlamps and Tiki torches light the way on zip lines in the woods of Brown County! If you’re scared of heights, night flights are perfect because you can’t see how high you are. At night, keep those ears open. You can hear the different types of wildlife. Each guest is provided with a headlamp and/or glow stick. Tiki lit decks 60' in the air. Zip on into the darkness where only the moon, stars, and red headlamp light your way. Choose from two tour options. You must book a minimum of three hours in advance same day.

TIME: 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. (tours leave at dusk)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Schools Out for Summer Celebration at eXplore Brown County

2018 June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30

Watch out! Your teachers are waiting for you at eXplore Brown County. But, it is fun and adventure they have to teach you! Let the teaching guides also share with you an education of the Hoosier National Hardwood Forest. Your teaching guides also will share some fun stories about Brown County’s colorful past and the characters that made it a famous art colony. All this education while you soar 90 feet in the air over 15 different zip lines included on four different tours. Education is awesome at eXplore Brown County!

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

I’m Proud to be an American, but Freedom Has A Price Month at eXplore Brown County

2018 July 1-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29

Celebrate our independence with a special emphasis on our responsibility to environmentalism and the cost of our footprint at eXplore Brown County! Guides will share with you the habitat of our hardwood forest, but they will also alert you to the environmental challenges we face in Brown County and the Hoosier National Forest. eXplore Brown County understands the importance of education in preservation. 15 zip lines included in four tours give will educate you in the best environment...FUN! Soar freely with the birds 90 feet in the air from tree top to tree top and visualize the millions of critters below you that need you to care for their habitat. Of course, the adrenaline rush is still included!

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot...at eXplore Brown County

2018 August 1-7, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31

Back to school, but the fun does not need to end! eXplore Brown County is proud to say that it's a true tree top to tree top canopy adventure. No need to go to Costa Rica, the dense hardwood forest of Brown County and the Hoosier National Forest provides the same canopy experience. Escape the heat of the city and head for the tree tops to learn about the ecosystem of the woods. There is much to learn as you soar with the birds. Animals of the woods move freely and you may encounter lizards, chipmunks, raccoons, snakes, and perhaps a beautiful white tailed deer.

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Zipper’s Kaleidoscope of Color at eXplore Brown County

2018 September 1, 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

The colors are changing! Head to eXplore Brown County, one of the "top 10 places in Indiana to view the fall foray of changing colors" according to Indiana Travel and Tourism. It’s starting to cool down...enjoy the fresh air and don’t miss the beauty of the fall colors reflecting like a kaleidoscope of color in the lake below you. Soar up to 90 ft. in the air on this breathtaking adventure which begins with a ride deep into the forest. You will take off on zip lines ranging from 80 to 1,220 feet long. With 15 zip lines and four tours to choose from, there is adventure and beauty everywhere you look!

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Zip on Zombies vs. the Adventure Heroes at eXplore Brown County

2018 October 5-21, 26-31

eXplore Brown County has been invaded by zombies and guides dressed as adventure heroes will protect you…..unless YOU are really a ZOMBIE! Which side of the fight are you on? Join in the fun and dress for the adventure. You'll start with a ride deep into the woods to experience zips which range from 80 ft to 1,220 ft, and reach heights up to 90 ft in the tree tops. Did I say witch??? Watch out for them too. Please keep a look out for those participants that didn't listen to their guides, and were left hanging as zombie bait! Super heroes and zombie lovers...hopefully you survive this adrenaline rush! (this is not a haunted trail)

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Brown County Epic Mountain Bike Festival

2018 October 12-14

This Festival and Epic ride offer tons of flowing single track during Brown County's prime autumn season! Come for the weekend and experience an impressive array of cycling inspired events and resources. The Epic will have something for everyone...camping, demos, food trucks, a beer garden, group rides, games, raffles, live music, a post-ride BBQ, and more! All proceeds go to the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), which means more trails in Brown County and across Indiana!

ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: Brown County State Park
PLACE: HMBA Brown County Epic

Native American Heritage Month at eXplore Brown County

2018 November 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30

Marveling at the beauty of Brown County, our first inhabitants left no footprint behind. The migratory Delaware Indians came to Brown County's dense green hardwood forest to hunt wild turkeys, gray squirrels, white tailed deer, and black bear. Guides will share stories and local history relating to the native Brown County people who lived vibrant, meaningful, and diverse lives filled with cultural expression. Much of Brown County's landscape has changed drastically since these people roamed our hills. But, at eXplore Brown County you can soar through the trees and enjoy a landscape much like it once was. Zip line guides will illuminate the significance of the people who lived and loved the hills of Brown County hundreds of years ago.

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Brown County Hilly Half

2018 November 10

For its third year, the Brown County YMCA Hilly Half Marathon hopes to highlight beautiful Brown County to promote health, well-being and create a true sense of community. The scenic route starts and finishes at the Saddle Barn/Lower Shelter house, winding its way through picturesque Brown County State Park. Up hills, past the fire tower, vistas and back down the hill to a surprise near the finish line! There will be a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a kids' run! Awards and a post-race pizza party will follow!

TIME: Late registration begins at 7 a.m.; races begin at 9 a.m.; post-race party and awards to follow
ADMISSION: Varies; see description
WHERE: Brown County State Park Lower Shelter House
PLACE: Brown County State Park

Santa’s Zip N' Sip at eXplore Brown County

2018 December 1, 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23

Ho, ho, ho Santa is at eXplore Brown County to zip with you and to find out if you’ve been good! Santa will share the beauty of the winter landscape in the Brown County hardwood forest. The terrain looks so different...the vista opens and you can see for miles. Perhaps you will even catch a few snowflakes as you soar 90 ft in the air across the frozen lake. Santa will investigate with you the winter life of the forest. Who is sleeping the winter away and who is up foraging the woods? Take photos with Santa, sit on his lap, and tell him what you are dreaming of for the holidays! Santa will end the tour with a cup of hot cocoa in the nice warm Harvest Hall. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

TIME: 9 a.m. - 5 pm. (groups please call to arrange hours)
ADMISSION: Varies; see website for details
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat

Frigid Rogaine

2019 January 5

Navigate the hills of Brown County during this unique orienteering race! Perfect for beginners, there's also going to be a bonus point format and added night event to keep veteran racers out punching checkpoints until their toes go numb. What is a Rogaine? A Rogaine is simply a race in which participants use a map and compass to locate checkpoints (CPs). The goal is to locate the most CPs in the allotted time. Sometimes CPs are assigned a point value according to their difficulty. Then the goal is to get the most points. There is no set course so you are free to choose any route you'd like!

TIME: Check-in 12 p.m.; rogaine begins at 1 p.m.
ADMISSION: $65
WHERE: eXplore Brown County (2620 Valley Branch Road, Nashville, IN)
PLACE: Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat
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