Founded in 1982, The Central Indiana Wilderness Club (CIWC) is a non-profit volunteer-run club organized for the purpose of providing affordable wilderness adventures. Based in central Indiana, our activities include backpacking, car camping, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and cross-country skiing.
Each year CIWC conducts trips ranging in length from one to ten days to destinations as diverse as southern Indiana, the Grand Canyon and the Smokey Mountains. We have day events, overnight trips for beginners and extended trips for those with lots of outdoor experience and everything in between. On a CIWC trip you will have the opportunity to explore new places and meet new friends. Our overnight trips are small and friendly, averaging eight people per trip, organized by a CIWC member. Our membership includes members who vary widely in age, experience and ability.
We are a teaching club so we can allow you to learn at your own pace. We have formal classes and workshops and can loan gear (i.e. tents and backpacks) to help you on your first few trips.
Being on Meetup is not the same as full membership. Meetup does allow you to participate in most day events, but not in our traditional overnight trips. To become a dues-paying member take the link below to our main web site.
Membership fees are $35 per year for individuals and $50 for families. Membership brings you the Trail Mix, our quarterly newsletter which allows you to preview and sign-up for trips before they are posted on the website. Membership also enables you to get the latest information about new trips via email via email updates. Just click on “JOIN” and get ready to start a new adventure.
Each year we “pay back” Holliday Park for allowing us free use of their facilities for our socials, workshops, classes and other events. Your volunteer hours are needed to help us meet our goals with our partnership agreement.
Dress in work clothes as we will be out on the grounds most likely doing light yard clean up or landscaping work. Gloves and tools will be furnished. After we conclude we always head over to Broadripple and catch some lunch at some fun place. This gives everyone a chance to talk up recent outings and upcoming plans. It’s even likely that brand new trip ideas will be hatched.
You may need to sign a waiver onsite to volunteer at the event. Thank you!
Please RSVP to help us anticipate turnout.