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2020 DNR special events schedule available

The 2020 Department of Natural Resources special events calendar is now available. See individual events on the DNR calendar at

Highlights on the 2020 calendar include a winter hike series at Brown County State Park to off-the-beaten-path features; a paddler’s weekend at Summit Lake State Park, Aug. 22-23; and “Hoots and Howls Weekend” at Mounds State Park on Oct. 24-25. Easter egg hunts, arts events, outdoor skills learning opportunities and fireworks are also on the schedule among other events.

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Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1 

Usher in 2020 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks.

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2020 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.



Vevay historic district listed on National Register

The Ohio River town of Vevay in Switzerland County has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, capping a multi-year effort by community activists, local agencies, and the DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA).

Encompassing 275 historic buildings on 100 acres, the Vevay Historic District includes some of Indiana’s finest Greek Revival buildings. The Schenck House on West Market and the Grisard House on East Main, both large brick mansions, date to the 1840s. Both stand out for their refined, classically inspired porches and details.

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Check out the Inns during our annual winter special

Get two nights for the price of one at an Indiana State Park Inn this winter. Now through Feb. 27, 2020, stay two consecutive nights and your second night is free. 

Sunday - Thursday only. Blackout period Dec. 22 to Jan. 2, 2020. Visit or call 1-877-LODGES1 to make your reservation today.


Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Coyotes are on the move

Coyotes are common everywhere in the state, even in urban areas. Coyotes become more active during winter, and the bare vegetation this time of year increases the chance of catching a glimpse.

Young coyotes leave their parents to find a new home, making them more likely to be seen during winter. And in January, coyotes will be looking to breed, making them even more active. Seeing more coyotes does not mean they are increasing in number.



Help Indiana’s wildlife start off the New Year right

Give wildlife a head start this new year. The Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund benefits more than 750 endangered and nongame animals, including barn owls, hellbenders, Indiana bats, and many more.

All funding comes from Hoosiers who donate; no state tax dollars are used. For every $5 donated to the fund, an additional $9 are awarded from federal funds.



DNR Reclamation donates to kids in need

Underprivileged children at Shakamak Elementary School in Greene County will receive food and clothing thanks to the generosity of the DNR Division of Reclamation.

A Christmas raffle and silent auction raised $1,260 to be used in the school’s Brown Bag program. The Brown Bag program provides take-home food to children who are living with food insecurity. Several bags of clothes, shoes, and jackets were also collected and donated to the school.



Join us for an educator workshop

DNR coordinates Project WET and Project WILD workshops for the state of Indiana. Formal and informal educators are invited to attend our workshops. Consider joining us:

Feb. 22Flying WILD Educator Workshop, Bloomington
Feb. 27Project WET & Project WILD Educator Workshop, Martinsville


Indiana Natural Resources Foundation Celebrates 30 years

In 2020, the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation celebrates 30 years of raising funds for DNR projects. Take a look back at the last 30 years and learn about how you can help make an impact in the future.

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Deer season is almost over

Hunters still have time to harvest a deer. Deer archery and special antlerless firearms seasons end Jan. 5, 2020. Deer reduction zones are open until Jan. 31, 2020. Fill your freezer before the season is over.




Learn to hunt this winter

Get outside and join us for a hunt. Check out our upcoming workshops:

Jan. 4Family Squirrel Hunt, Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area
Jan. 18Learn to Hunt: Rabbit, Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area


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