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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.

The Indiana Parks Alliance supports the rights of all people to have equal opportunities to peacefully enjoy interactions with nature. IPA will work to ensure marginalized communities are aware of the benefits of contact with nature. IPA pledges to seek and to support measures that create educational partnerships and inclusive policies that ensure an atmosphere where all can feel safe and respected while enjoying life outdoors.

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 2021 Annual Report


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 2022 IPA Forum!

Want an easy way to learn what’s going on and in store for some of Indiana’s choice natural areas?

IPA’s second virtual event—a Zoom webinar—takes place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 9. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.

Theme: “Stewardship of and Engagement in Indiana State Parks and Natural Areas”

Join your fellow enthusiasts for parks, natural areas and conservation for an insider’s briefing from a panel of experts:

* Terry Coleman
Director, Indiana State Parks
* Steven Wolter
Executive Director, Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands
* Stephanie Schuck
Executive Director, State of Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management
* Scott Namestnik
Botanist, Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center, Division of Nature Preserves
* Chris Smith
Deputy Director for Management Team
* Tom Hohman
President, Indiana Parks Alliance

Free registration at:
https://iu.zoom.us/web…/register/WN_4zWPxT5ATxq-j6HZ6pMO0w

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Questions about registering?
Contact the Zoom@IU Team at: cthelp@iu.edu

Watch our FaceBook page for further announcements: IPA FaceBook


SAVE OUR ASH TREES!

The Indiana Parks Alliance is working with Indiana State Parks and Nature Preserves to protect 200+ 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!

Click Here for more information AND to make your donation!

 

President’s Ponderings

By Tom Hohman

Tom @ Prophetstown SP 2

If you are reading this letter, you probably love nature. If you have children or grandchildren, you are probably also passing on that love of nature to them. But what about other children who may not have those opportunities?

Richard Louv pointed out in his landmark book, “Last Child in the Woods”, that many kids today don’t have that opportunity. The majority of children today grow up in an urban environment. Unless they have parents who visit parks or other natural areas, they don’t have any exposure to nature. Unless they are taught to hunt or fish as children, they are unlikely to hunt or fish as adults.

Louv talks about the detrimental effects of this loss in his book, providing stories, statistics and quotes to back it up. However, all of us who value this connection understand it without proof.

One way to provide at least some exposure to natural areas for these kids is the Discover the Outdoors program. This program, administered by the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, provides grants for K-12 school trips to state parks. The grants cover transportation costs, program fees, and classroom supplies. Grants for the 2021-22 school year will help over 1,300 students get what for some may be their first introduction to a natural setting.

We feel an important part of the mission of IPA is ensuring that succeeding generations have the same opportunities to enjoy nature that we had. Because of this, IPA makes an annual donation to the Discover the Outdoors program. So by way of being an IPA member, you are helping too.

(To learn more about the program, or to make a personal donation, go to the INRF website, https://www.indiananrf.org/project/discover-the-outdoors-2/ .)


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