The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park
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Open from dawn to dusk every day and always free, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park is a 100-acre rural oasis situated in the heart of Indianapolis. A living sculpture park focused on experimentation, public interaction, and community engagement, it includes a 35-acre lake, woodlands, wetlands, and the largest native pollinator meadow in Indianapolis.  

Several donors made the Park possible, with the lead gift from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in memory of Mr. Fairbanks’s second wife, Virginia B. Fairbanks, who loved gardens and nature. With this integral donation from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, we have been able to start, grow, and support this beloved resource for all. Newfields was first gifted the land in 1972, and we are proud to regularly present vibrant, new artworks that will keep The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park fresh for all our visitors. 

The Hawryluk Sculpture Green 

Newfields has announced a new series of outdoor public art installations for The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park that will activate the park and create dynamic opportunities for engagement and exploration. A transformative $3 million gift by longtime Newfields patron and philanthropist Kent Hawryluk, will support the ongoing commissioning and presentation of large-scale sculpture, creating The Hawryluk Collection of Art in Nature. This evolving series will be hosted on The Hawryluk Sculpture Green, opening in June 2023. 

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Pollinator survey

See what all the buzz is about. Newfields is collected data and we need your help. Data on pollinating insects will help us better understand how they use our campus and learn how to support pollinator diversity in The Garden and Fairbanks Park. We'll be sharing the data you collect through this survey with our local partners and national organizations for the support of pollinators worldwide. 


Bird Guide 

Get to know all the winged guests of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Get tips on where to spot birds around the Newfields campus, learn more about their habitats, and pick up a fun fact or two. Thanks to support from Wild Birds Unlimited, you'll be well acquainted with all the frequent flyers in no time. 


Pollinator support Packet


Bird Feeder

Nesting Platform

This view is of the avian nesting platform in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. The platform, sitting atop a 50-foot utility pole, has more than 25 square feet of surface area constructed to simulate a previous nest user. The platform is suitable for several bird species including: ospreys, great horned owls, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, egrets, and bald eagles. Staff at Newfields are working hard to increase suitable nesting structure for a number of bird species, and continually rehabilitate the entire habitat in and around The Park.




Free and accessible parking is available at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.

  • The parking lot entry is located at 1850 West 38th Street, about one-half block west of the main Newfields entrance.


Accessible restrooms are located at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. Please be advised the pathways to the pavilion can sometimes flood, making the trails impassable.

Mobility Access

Portions of Fairbanks Park include accessible pathways. Please consult the Newfields campus map to identify accessible pathway locations.​​​​​