The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation mission is to promote, support, assist, sustain and encourage the charitable, educational and scientific programs, projects and policies of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Our current projects reflect the breadth of programs and projects which impact the lives of all Indiana’s residents.
- Hoosier Outdoor Experience
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will be host the Hoosier Outdoor Experience in September at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. The Experience will be two days of fun-filled, hands-on education and exposure to the great outdoors. The program is free and open and free to the public. Learn from the pro’s how to shoot, fish, paddle, hike and more! www.hoosieroutdoorexpo.in.gov.
- Forest Restoration
The greatest risks to Indiana’s forest resources are not the rather stable levels of removals across Indiana, but rather the conversion of forests into non-forest conditions (e.g., urban sprawl), advanced stages of stand development, and invasive species/ pests (e.g., emerald ash borer). The Forest Restoration Fund is dedicated to growing and conserving Indiana’s forestry resources through forest land-owner services and land acquisition. This fund is entirely dependent on the support of private donations for its growth.
- The Indiana Tree Project
Launched in 2011 the Indiana Tree Project is helping a greener Indiana take root by restoring our native forests. A $10 donation plants one tree and helps buy the next acre for restoration. Each donor is given a Tree ID which will allow them to visit their tree and watch the forest grow over time. More information is available at www.indianatreeproject.com.
- Historic Preservation
The Historic Preservation Fund supports the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archeology in their efforts to conserve Indiana’s cultural resources through public education, financial incentives including several grant and tax credit programs, and the administration of state and federally mandated legislation.
- Colonel William Jones Endowment
Located at Lincoln State Park, the Colonel William Jones Home is the historic home of the merchant employer of young Abraham Lincoln. Through guided tours, themed talks and exhibits this State Historic Site offers a unique look at 1830’s Indiana. The Col. Jones Endowment was established through the generosity of William and Gayle Cook to support the operation of the Col. Jones home as a State Historic Site.
- Indiana Master Naturalists Program
The Indiana Master Naturalist program provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about Indiana’s natural resources and teaches how to share that knowledge, along with life experiences, through volunteer service. The purpose of the program is to introduce Hoosier natural resources through the guidance of professionals and experts in the field. The program also provides an opportunity for participants to establish a relationship with a natural resources agency or a local organization involved in natural resource management through volunteering. http://www.in.gov/dnr/masternaturalist/index.html
- Save Wyandotte Group Camp at O’Bannon Woods State Park
The Wyandotte Group Camp has been a vital piece of the State Park and community since 1971. After a bat infestation the group camp was closed and the Foundation and Indiana DNR are working to fund the restoration and eventual reopening of the camp where hundreds of children and adults experience the great outdoors. http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2976.htm
Check out our recent successes for more information on how the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation is working the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to protect our natural resources.