Newfields
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres
open sunrise - sunset

Fairbanks Park is open daily and free to visit. 

On (no surprise) one hundred acres along the west side of Newfields, just east of White River, you’ll find Fairbanks Park. Explore woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and the shoreline of a 35-acre lake—it’s one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and unlike most continues to commission temporary, site-responsive artworks.

Thousands of spring ephemerals (gardening lingo for quick blooming wildflowers) have been planted in one of the largest museum art parks in the country. 

Recent additions include a nesting platform built to attract birds of prey, a wild grass labyrinth, and a variety of bird feeding and viewing stations. Find them yourself at Newfields, or watch what happens when the birds think nobody’s looking on our web cams.

Please note, restrooms are not available in The Park from Nov 1 – April 1.

Pollinator Survey

Newfields is collecting data on pollinators and we need your help. By collecting information on the pollinating insects visiting Newfields, we'll learn how they are using our campus and find ways to continue to support pollinator diversity in The Garden and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. We will be sharing our data with local partners and national organizations to support pollinators nationwide.

 

Pollinator Survey

1st and 3rd Saturdays

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres Tour

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres
11:30 am

Lace up your walking shoes for this guided tour of Fairbanks Park, featuring 100-acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.

Bird Feeder

Through support from Jim and Nancy Carpenter and their company, Wild Birds Unlimited, bird feeding and viewing stations are attracting feathered friends to the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. The six brand-new feeders are stocked with a wide array of seeds to draw in a diverse species of birds – from well-known birds like cardinals and blue jays, to noisy woodpeckers and brightly plumaged goldfinches.

Nest Box

This nest box is placed in the forest around the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. It is specifically designed to house species like Carolina chickadee and eastern bluebird to name a few. While it can be easy to identify the bird while it is in the house, notice nest material and design that each species chooses to build with if the bird isn’t home. Often eastern bluebirds build nests using grass, while house wrens will build nests of sticks and Carolina chickadees build their nest out of mostly moss. 

Nesting Platform

This view is of the avian nesting platform in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 acres. 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.

Accessibility

Parking

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.

Restrooms

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.​​​​​

Due to the Excessive Heat Warning, doors for The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 will open at 8 pm for the safety of guests, volunteers and staff. The film will begin approximately at dusk.