Learning to use a cross-cut saw at O’Bannon Woods State Park’s farmstead

Our natural resources are the source of our health and our wealth, of our strength and our independence. They are….essential to you – to every man and woman in America, and to the children who will inherit the land.
– Col. Richard Lieber, Founder of Indiana State Parks

Who We Are
The Indiana Parks Alliance is a charitable organization that supports Indiana State Parks and state-owned Nature Preserves, the resources they steward, and the people they serve through education, promotion, fundraising and assistance for local friends groups.

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IPA Annual Report for 2015


What We Do

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!


  • Promote DNR, state park, state-owned nature preserve and local park friends group initiatives, such as the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and the Indiana State Parks Centennial
  • Encourage adequate support for maintenance, staffing, invasive species management, historic structure preservation and other needs as appropriate
  • Provide materials that empower members to understand and advocate for state parks and nature preserves


  • Scientific research on species, ecological relationships, best management practices and outdoor recreation trends
  • Biological inventories to assist with appropriate development and management of nature preserves


  • Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant funding to bring youth to state parks
  • Training and professional development for state parks and nature preserves staff
  • Interpretation through exhibits and interpretive centers


  • Promote ongoing communication between IDNR and stakeholders
  • Assist new friends group start-up costs such as non-profit status filing and reduced insurance rates
  • Provide matching grants to local friends groups for state park or state-owned nature preserve projects.
  • Work cooperatively with the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation to fund specific projects.

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.