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Camping season is quickly approaching

Hoping to spend quality time outdoors again? Book a summer camping vacation today. Go online or call 1-866-622-6746 to pick your favorite cabin or campsite. If you look forward to hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, bird-watching, studying history and culture, or just relaxing by a campfire, we have something for everyone.


DNR Recreation and Fishing guidebooks are available

Your guide to Indiana's best values in outdoor recreation is available now online. The Indiana Fishing Guide is also available online.

The DNR’s 2020 Indiana Recreation Guide is the source for information on state parks, state forests, lakes, fish & wildlife areas, nature preserves, state park inns, and other DNR properties.

Mark your calendar for 2020 Free Fishing Days

This year's four free fishing days are May 3, June 6-7, and Sept. 26. Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout stamp to fish in public waters on these days.



Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, May 1-3

The annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop is May 1-3 at Ross Camp in West Lafayette. The workshop is open to women ages 18 and older and is limited to 100 participants.

Registration begins March 1 at The cost for the workshop is $215 and includes equipment, meals and lodging.

The program is designed for women to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Participants will choose four activities from more than two dozen offerings, including fishing, archery, wild edibles, wildlife tracking, shooting muzzleloader guns, outdoor cooking and more.


New Indiana Birding Trail features 35 DNR sites

More than half of the sites on the new Indiana Birding Trail, which the Indiana Audubon Society (IAS) announced earlier this year, are operated by the DNR.

DNR worked with IAS and several regional partners to develop the trail, which provides a great resource for Hoosier birders and others who might visit the state for business, vacation or pleasure.

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Learn to hunt turkey

Spring turkey season starts in April. Are you ready? If you’re interested in hunting turkey, but not sure how to do it, join us for a free workshop:

March 14 – Turkey Hunting 101, Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area
April 11 – Turkey Hunting 101, LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area

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DNR Law Enforcement hiring new officers

The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement is looking to fill Indiana Conservation Officer (ICO) positions across the state with highly motivated, outdoor-centered individuals.

Anyone interested in a career as an ICO should first read “Becoming a Conservation Officer” at and complete the pre-screening test at Completion of the pre-screening test by midnight Feb. 28 is required to be considered for the 2020 hiring process, which starts in early March.



Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Tag along for a birding adventure

Do you love bird-watching? Consider joining us at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area for one of two upcoming bird-watching events:

March 7 – Sandhill Crane Viewing Day
March 21 – Woodcock Walk

Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area is one of several DNR properties featured on the Indiana Birding Trail. Check out the guide for more information.


Turkey Run SP hosts Lusk Legacy weekend, March 21

The Lusk family left a lasting impact on Turkey Run State Park and is a major reason the park exists today. Learn more about the Lusks and how they shaped the park’s past and future during Lusk Pioneer Legacy Weekend at the park on March 21.

The day starts with a two-hour guided moderate hike to the coal mine and earth-fill that starts at the nature center at 10 a.m. These are two locations created by the Lusk family.


Brown County Mountain Bike Project

Read about Patrick Haulter, interpretive naturalist at Brown County State Park, and the inspiration behind his work to create mountain bike workshops for the public. Brown County State Park’s mountain bike project is the recipient of the 2020 Give Adventure Grant.


Canada goose nesting season is here

Most Canada goose conflicts occur during the nesting season from March to June when they defend their nests. Large areas of turf grass and a nearby water body make ideal nesting habitat for geese. If you see a goose exhibiting aggressive behavior, give the bird and its nest space and calmly leave the area. Most injuries occur from tripping and falling while running from geese. Feeding geese will cause them to lose their natural fear of people and make it harder to discourage them.

Need help with an aggressive Canada goose? Check out our website for solutions or contact your district wildlife biologist for advice.

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Outdoor Indiana

Outdoor fun is waiting

The March-April issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine features a cover story on the DNR’s interpretive naturalists, the people who teach you about DNR properties, on site, while you visit. Become part of Outdoor Indiana. Subscribe for yourself, a friend or relative.

NRC meets at Fort Harrison State Park

The Natural Resources Commission will conduct its regular bi-monthly meeting at 10 a.m., March 17, at Fort Harrison State Park. The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.



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