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Public Lands Day taking place this weekend

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26. That means it’s time to get outside and choose a favorite outdoor activity at one of the many DNR properties throughout Indiana (

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort involving public lands. Many properties are hosting volunteer events, but every act of kindness counts.

On Sunday, Sept. 26, Indiana State Parks, Indiana State Forests and State Recreation Areas will offer free admission where entrance fees are normally charged. This can be used as a time to explore a DNR property. Find ideas at

The entire weekend serves as a reminder that public lands are places for outdoor recreation, conservation and making memories with families and friends. Events include hikes, pioneer activities, crafts, live bird shows and more.

For a complete list of programs and volunteer events, see calendar.