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
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.
SAVE OUR ASH TREES!
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!
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.
CHILDREN AND NATURE
By Tom Hohman
All of us who belong to IPA enjoy being outside and interacting with nature. Many of us have stories of how nature influenced our lives, and helped us become the people we are today. We may have lived in an area where we were immersed in nature daily. Or we may have been raised in an urban area, but spent weekends camping or fishing/hunting with family members. Opportunities for those interactions with nature may have come easily for us. For many children today, that is no longer the case.
That’s why programs like Indiana State Parks, Discover the Outdoors are so important. This program provides grants to Indiana schools for naturalist led hikes in our state parks. It’s a great resource, and over the last 4 years grants totaling nearly $20,000 have been awarded to 86 schools. As a result, about 5,700 students have experienced the outdoors, many of whom would not have had such an opportunity.
IPA believes that the most important thing we can do is to ensure that tomorrow’s children have the same opportunities to enjoy the benefits of nature that we did. Since its inception we have been a supporter of Discover the Outdoors. The IPA annual budget always includes a line item for this program. Continuing this tradition of support, IPA will again donate $1,000 to the program.
(For further reading on the challenges of ensuring that children can continue to enjoy the benefits of nature, read Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv.)