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
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 2019 Annual Report
Draining the Swamp
Bill undercuts environmental safeguards
by Phil Bloom
Indiana once had a natural feature unmatched in the country. It was the Grand Kankakee Marsh, the largest inland wetland in America.
Formed by the same retreating glacier that gave northeastern Indiana hundreds of freshwater lakes, the Grand Kankakee stretched along the Kankakee River’s twisting, winding path from South Bend to Momence, Illinois. Its estimated size ranged from a half million to 1 million acres.
It was about the size of Rhode Island and dubbed “The Everglades of the North” and “Chicago’s Food Pantry.”
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!
When you purchase Wood Warbler Coffee, you’re not only supporting bird and wildlife friendly farming practices in Latin America and beyond, you’re also supporting bird and wildlife habitat conservation right here in the U.S.A.!
CLICK HERE to purchase your bag of Indiana Parks Alliance Bird Song Blend SMBC today! This is a delicious blend of their Smithsonian bird friendly coffee.
Bird Song Blend SMBC
– Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Nutty, Caramel. Mild acidity and a clean, smooth finish
– Medium Roast
– 12 oz. or 5 lb. Bag
By Tom Hohman
2020 – A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
2020 will certainly be a year to be remembered. Many lives have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic and everyone’s lives have been altered. Conservation organizations like Indiana Parks Alliance were no different.
The mission of IPA did not change. The importance of that mission actually became more apparent, as people flocked to the outdoors in record numbers. But how we tackled that mission did change.
Zoom meetings replaced in person board meetings. Meeting with legislators became virtual meetings as well. After an initial adjustment period, things went smoothly. We realized that this type of meeting may have a permanent place in the post-pandemic world. While they can never replace the benefits of meeting in person, there are advantages when extensive travel or bad road conditions are a factor.
Zoom meetings may also have a role in how IPA interacts with its members. Those who have been members of IPA for at least several years may remember that we once held an “annual gathering” of our members. Unfortunately, these meetings were not very successful. Our members are scattered all over the state. It was a challenge to find a date that did not conflict with their already busy schedules, and a format that would entice them to make a sometimes lengthy drive.
Many conservation organizations have had good success with virtual annual conferences this year. This has encouraged us to attempt something similar, probably in February or March. While many people enjoy winter hiking, it is definitely a time of year when our members may be happy to have something to remind them of the joys of nature awaiting them come spring. Look for more details on this in the near future.
Until then, look for opportunities to safely get outdoors. With a vaccine imminent, now is not the time to let our guards down. Stay safe, and maybe I will see you on a state park or nature preserve trail next year.
If you would like help IPA with our mission, click on the Donate button below to make an electronic contribution today!