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Free admission to Indiana State Parks kicks off Visit Indiana Week

Admission is free for everyone at state parks, state forest recreation areas and Interlake State Riding Area on Sunday, May 5.

Use the day to take a hike, visit an inn for lunch, enjoy a program with our interpretive naturalists, plan a picnic, and much more.



Hit the Road for Visit Indiana Week

Visit Indiana Week is an annual celebration of all of the wonderful things to see and do in the Hoosier State. To celebrate, businesses and attractions around Indiana are offering discounted or free admission on one or more of the themed days during the week.

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Free Fishing Days, May 18, June 1-2

Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout and salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters on Free Fishing Days. Parks across the state will be hosting fishing events. Check out the DNR Calendar for an event near you.



Upcoming Learn to Hunt/Fish Events

Want to learn how to hunt or fish? Learn from the experts at our Learn to Hunt/Fish events.

Last month for spring savings at State Park Inns

Stay two consecutive nights through May 24, 2019 and get 25% off the best available rate. Some restrictions may apply. Valid on new reservations only. Use SASU rate code when booking online.



Grow your backyard habitat

The best way you can help wildlife is to keep them wild and provide excellent habitat for them.

Native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees are ideal landscaping choices for wildlife. These plants provide both direct and indirect sources of food by bearing edible fruit, leaves, and host sites for insects eaten by songbirds and other animals. As the planting season starts, consider incorporating native plants on your landscape.

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Upcoming guided field day hikes

Hike as many as you like or all of them.

This year, the Division of Nature Preserves is teaming with some of its partner organizations and land trusts to hold a series of hikes on nature preserves. We hope you can join us to see some of Indiana’s finest natural areas.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

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Remember firewood rule when camping 

With the arrival of camping season, visitors to DNR properties can help prevent the spread of invasive species by following the DNR firewood rule.

Under the rule, visitors to state parks, reservoirs, state forests, and state fish & wildlife areas can bring firewood from home—as long as the bark has been removed. Removing the bark minimizes the risk of accidental infestation through firewood movement, because insect larvae live in sapwood under the bark.



Crew Captain workshop, May 9

Are you an educator or youth leader wanting to bring fishing into your classroom or community? Attend this free Crew Captain workshop and learn how. You'll get access to equipment and materials to help.

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Remember to clean, drain, and dry this boating season 

As the weather warms and more people get out on their boats, the DNR reminds boaters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning, draining, and drying their watercraft when they are finished on the water.


Catfish stocked for urban anglers

From May 13-17, the DNR will be stocking catchable-size channel catfish at family-friendly parks across the state. The stockings are part of DNR’s urban fishing program, GoFishIN in the City.

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Get your hands on Indiana's best outdoor magazine

The May-June issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine features the state’s wild orchids. Read excerpts and get the whole thing and five other issues when you subscribe.



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