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Free admission to state parks Saturday to encourage volunteer efforts

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can enjoy free admission to all state parks and forestry sites in Indiana Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day. “It’s a day to celebrate the public lands around the nation, to approach people to use outdoor recreation, celebrate conservation, and for us state parks in Indiana […]

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Wet May not expected to stop Memorial Day fun at Indiana State Parks

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a soggy May, all DNR campgrounds and cabins at state parks, state reservoirs and state recreation areas are booked to capacity for the holiday weekend.  Across the state, eight state parks are experiencing closures of beaches and/or boat ramps because of recent heavy rainfall. According to Christie Sorrels, […]

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State parks featured in plein air artist’s newest exhibit

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A local plein air artist is celebrating the state’s bicentennial and the centennial of the Indiana State Parks system by painting 24 state parks around the state. The Richmond Art Museum will display Rick Wilson’s art exhibition “The Nature of Art: Painted Parks” from May 22 to July 16. […]

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Free admission Sunday to state parks, reservoirs

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the summer travel season kicks off, the state officials will offer free admission to all Indiana state parks, reservoirs and forest recreation areas on Sunday. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with Visit Indiana, is offering free admission to kick off Visit Indiana Week. “With so much […]

Autumn colors increase park visits

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With fall in full bloom, the leaves are changing colors and state parks are preparing for a rise in visitors. The Mounds State Park, located in Anderson, features several fall events and activities that attract visitors. “This time of year is very highly attended,” Kelly Morgan, interpretive naturalist for […]

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New law: Budget authorizes new state park lodge

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Potato Creek could be the first Indiana State Park in nearly 80 years to get a new inn. Gov. Mike Pence has proposed building a $25 million lodge to be called the Bicentennial Inn at the property in North Liberty. It will be named for Indiana’s 200th birthday coming […]

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Video & story: Pence offers $31 billion budget with more for charters, roads and a new state park inn

Lawmakers react to Pence’s budget proposal on Vimeo. By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence wants to modestly boost funding for education but give much of the money to charter and private schools, part of an ongoing effort to expand the number of choices for students. Pence’s budget priorities $31 billion: overall […]


State parks plan volunteer activities, free admissions day

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can help clean up the state’s parks and reservoirs this Saturday and then come back for a free day on Sunday as part of a celebration of National Public Lands Day. The event is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Those who want to participate can spend […]

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State sponsors Outdoor Experience to let Hoosiers try sports, activities

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers who want to pick up a new outdoor hobby will now have the chance to at the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience this weekend at the Fort Harrison State Park. The outdoor experience – sponsored by the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and the Department of Natural Resources – will […]

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Schools get money to fund field trips to state parks

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,500 elementary, middle and high school students in Indiana could learn more about the outdoors this school year under a grant program that supports field trips to state parks and reservoirs. More than 20 schools will receive money for transportation costs, program fees and classroom supplies related to […]

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