Indiana Parks Alliance

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!

 Join The Campaign!
100% of every donation will go to the Save Our Ash Trees program. The average cost of treating one mature ash tree is $200, so we have set our campaign goal at $20,000. We need your help!

Click Here for more information AND to make your donation!

What is an Emerald Ash Borer?  How does it kill an ash tree?  Why should we care?  How can I help?
Watch this short, 5-minute, video produced by Indiana Parks Alliance to answer those important questions.















President’s Message

By Tom Hohman

Tom @ Prophetstown SP 2

IPA is excited to report the award of a $20,000 grant from the Dr. Laura Hare CharitableTrust for the Save Our Ash Trees campaign. The grantThe grant was awarded in January of this year, and will be used for treatment of ash trees remaining on at least 7 state parks and state nature preserves.

Nothing makes your day like coming home, sitting down at the computer and reading in an email that your organization has been awarded a $20,000 grant for your first major fundraising campaign.  Not only did this allow us to meet our original goal, it will allow us to reserve funds for necessary retreatments in another 2-3 years and to consider expanding the program to additional properties.

The original goal was to treat ash trees on 7 state park and state nature preserve properties thatwere still relatively unaffected by emerald ash borers.  Using an estimated average cost per mature tree of about $200, that would mean treating 100 trees.  This would only be about 14 trees per property.  There are 5 species of ash trees in the state, although typically only about 3 grow on any one property.  If split evenly between the species present, that would mean only 5 trees of each species on a property.

So, while we are excited about meeting our goal, we will continue our fundraising efforts.  The original properties targeted were Turkey Run, Shades, McCormick’s Creek, and Harmonie State Parks, plus Shrader-Weaver, Russel Bend and Coal Hollow State Nature Preserves.  We have searched Ft. Harrison State Park for mature ash tree candidates, but so far without success.  We do have several candidates at Summit Lake State Park that we will evaluate this spring.  If we find treatable trees there, or another property, we will expand the effort.  Even if we don’t, we hope we can expand the list of trees that will be treated at the original targeted properties, to ensure the saving of a viable population.

While the $20,000 grant is the big news, it’s important not to forget the other donations.  Many IPA members donated anywhere from $35 to $1,000.  Several local state park and nature preserves friends groups, including Friends of McCormick’s Creek, Ft. Harrison, and Limberlost, made major donations.  Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society also made a major donation.  All of those donations have made this campaign a great success.  With all of these donations we have raised a total of $28,770 (as of Feb. 13).  Thanks to all who donated.

Help Indiana’s wildlife this tax season

You can help animal species such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons, barn owls, box turtles, black bears and more by donating to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund as you do your taxes.

The Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund supports the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Wildlife Diversity program. Program staff manages more than 750 nongame and endangered wildlife species. Nongame means the species is not hunted, trapped or fished. This program benefits all natural areas in Indiana, including Indiana’s state parks and nature preserves.

You can donate all or a portion of your state tax refund to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund. If you file with paper forms, look for the eagle logo on Schedule 5/Schedule IN-Donate. If you file through online tax programs, you will be prompted to donate at the end of filing, and the eagle logo will not be present.