Indiana DNR Encourages Hoosiers to ‘Opt Outside’ Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Free admission will be offered to all Indiana State Park properties on Nov. 24 as part of Opt Outside Day.

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INDIANAPOLIS – For Hoosiers looking to get outside the day after Thanksgiving, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will offer free admission to all Indiana State Park properties on November 24 as part of Opt Outside Day.

In addition to the 24 state parks, several other locations will offer free admission including Brookville Lake.

Those who participate in Opt Outside Day will be entered in drawings for 2024 DNR annual entrance passes, Outdoor Indiana subscriptions, Smokey Bear materials, gift cards, and DNR-staff-led outdoor experiences.

There are three ways to participate:

  1. Share your photos. Post photos of your adventures at Indiana State Park properties on DNR social media.  More details are at When posting photos, use the hashtag and tag the DNR or the property you are visiting in your post. 2. Opt Outside Scavenger Hunt. Download and complete the form at and email it to to be entered in a separate drawing for prizes and experiences. 3. Check in at a DNR State Park property with the Indiana State Nature Passport. Checking in at any DNR State Park property listed in the Indiana State Nature Passport Program at or completing the Opt Outside Scavenger Hunt and entering the special Nature Passport Scavenger Hunt PIN will enter you in a drawing for a 2024 annual entrance pass and an Outdoor Indiana magazine subscription. The special PIN for the scavenger hunt will be posted in the same location as each property’s usual Nature Passport PIN.

“There’s nothing like going for a hike the day after Thanksgiving to work off the turkey and fixings from the day before,” said Dan Bortner, DNR director. “The benefits of opting outside go beyond the quality memories created with family or the mental perks of spending time in nature. Hoosiers can also win fun prizes that will keep them connected with Indiana DNR year-round.”

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