Natural Heritage of Indiana

Video Clips and Images from the NHI Documentaries

Peruse over 70 videos and over 400 still images captured from the original four-part documentary, The Natural Heritage of Indiana

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Video clips were extracted directly from the NHI documentaries to form this user-friendly media gallery. Choose from about 20 clips per episode. ENTER THE GALLERY»»

Image Gallery Episode One

Image Gallery for Episode One: The Indiana That Was

From ancient seas and coral reefs, to Ice-Age glaciation, the first program will explore the massive changes in Indiana's landscape, as well as the plants and animals that developed over these periods. Just 250 years ago, the area was vastly different than the land we know today. Witness what the state once looked like, with vast forests and prairies, and a huge diversity of what now seem like exotic species. ENTER THE GALLERY»»

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Image Gallery for Episode Two: Life in the Water

Indiana is bordered by two great water systems: Lake Michigan to the north and the Ohio River to the south. Throughout the state, entire ecosystems are built around rivers, streams and wetlands. In some areas, water exists for only parts of the year, but during those times, there is an amazing explosion of activity. This documentary takes viewers into these habitats, where they will witness the diversity of life that exists. Sometimes, the life cycles take place on a nearly microscopic level. Elsewhere, the program reveals prehistoric looking fish and amphibians that still inhabit the landscape, as well as spectacular waterfowl. ENTER THE GALLERY»»

Image Gallery for Episode Three

Image Gallery for Episode Three: Life on Land

In a landscape once covered by glaciers and dominated by forests and prairies, much of Indiana is now the domain of humans, who use the land for agriculture and industry. But look into the woods and the wild places (and sometimes in small tracts of land near these developed areas), and you'll still find a surprising diversity of plant and animal life. Producer/photographer Samuel Orr travels into the state's forests and caves, and reveals a land teeming with sometimes strange and beautiful plants and trees, and the birds and beasts that share these habitats. Among the highlights of this episode: the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, and its amazing migration from Indiana to Mexico. ENTER THE GALLERY»»

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Image Gallery for Episode Four: A Changing Landscape

This program will focus on the alteration of the natural landscape of Indiana by humans, the consequences to native systems and organisms, and the coming of conservation and ecological study and stewardship. Much has been altered, but there are stories of hope, as well. This program will show how certain species that had been driven from the state have made successful returns, and how individuals and communities are taking important steps in restoring habitat and combating the insidious problem of invasive species. ENTER THE GALLERY»»

Nature in the Indiana Classroom Are you a teacher wishing to incorporate nature into your curriculum? Teachers of all subjects and all ages--from history to science to english, K-12--will benefit from this selection of Natural Heritage of Indiana lesson plans. What makes this resource so useful? We've combed the existing shared lesson plans, chosen a variety of lessons, and assigned Indiana State Standards appropriate to each lesson. In addition to the classroom guides, there are links to other useful teaching sites and programs. More »

Buy the 2 DVD Set Documentary filmmaker Samuel Orr has spent more than two years, and has traveled thousands of miles to bring the landmark book to television in a four-part documentary series. The programs are produced in stunning high definition, and reveal their subjects through breathtaking photography, time-lapse cameras and innovative camera placement. To order, email the Indiana Historical Bureau.
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