DNR to host third annual ‘Teddy Bear Camp’ for stuffed animals in May

April 5, 2023

Does your child have a curious stuffed animal friend who loves adventures?  

If so, make plans to send it to Teddy Bear Camp May 8–19. Hosted by the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, this “camp” is for stuffed animals belonging to children ages 5–12 who live in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks or Boone counties.  
During Teddy Bear Camp, DHPA staff will take the stuffed animals to a variety of sites to learn about history, architecture, archaeology and historic preservation. Photos of the visits will be posted to DHPA’s Facebook page, and a digital photo album will be emailed to parents/guardians along with an Indiana Junior Preservationist certificate. 

To take part, complete the registration form and drop your child’s stuffed animal at one of three partner locations at the dates and times below. 


Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., inside the main level doors, May 8, 9 a.m.– noon and May 9, 1–4 p.m. 


Shelby County Porter Visitors Center, 501 N. Harrison St., May 8, noon–3 p.m. 


SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., May 9, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 

The free program will conclude with owners picking up their stuffed animals at the drop-off locations May 18 and 19.  
More information is at: on.IN.gov/preservation-month

DNR to host third annual ‘Teddy Bear Camp’ for stuffed animals in May