The Indiana Parks Alliance (IPA) is a charitable organization that supports and advocates for Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) State Parks and Nature Preserves, and the people they serve through education, promotion, fundraising and assistance for local friends groups.

We consider ourselves an organization of “doers” who advocate for and promote these public lands and the opportunities they provide. That’s why our partners are so important to us. IPA integrates their objectives into one agenda to create a unified network of action for the natural and cultural resources and facilities in our Indiana State Parks and Indiana Nature Preserves. Our partners include state parks, state-owned nature preserves, the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, local friends groups and YOU as a member!

What We Do

• Advocacy
• Research
• Education
• Action

What You Should Know
We do not raise funds to acquire land; there are other organizations that focus their attention in that area. We do not raise funds for daily operational costs or routine maintenance for Indiana State Parks or state-owned Nature Preserves. We believe these should continue to be provided through user fees and Indiana’s State Budget process. We DO work to enhance the experiences of visitors, protect our natural and cultural resources and maintain a Hoosier legacy for generations to come.

Click to read the: IPA 2016 Annual Report


The Indiana Parks Alliance is working with Indiana State Parks and Nature Preserves to protect 100+ mature, seed producing ash trees across the state to save this native species for the future.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has killed tens of millions of ash trees since it first came to the U.S. in 2002. As of March 2017, EAB has been documented in all 92 counties in Indiana. Within the next ten years, 95% of all ash trees in Indiana will have been lost!

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President’s Message

By Tom Hohman

Tom @ Prophetstown SP 2

Indiana Parks Alliance will not have an Annual Gathering of Friends in 2018. We continue to struggle with making the gathering relevant to our members, and scheduling the event so that it will not conflict with other events that our busy members already have on their calendars.  In the near future we will be asking for feedback from our members about how best to do this.

In the meantime, there are several upcoming annual conferences this fall that some of our conservation partners will be holding.  If you are looking for an entertaining and thought provoking event, I highly recommend these.  I will personally be attending two of them, and would be attending all three if I did not have a conflict on the third one.  I anticipate other IPA board members will also be attending.

If you would like help IPA with our mission, click on the Donate button below to make an electronic contribution today!