Free admission to the parks on Black Friday

Spend time outdoors with Indiana DNR on Black Friday and win prizes as part of #OptOutsideIN2022.

All DNR properties will offer free entry. To participate, visit a state park, state forest, state-run reservoir, fish and wildlife area, nature preserve, or off-road recreation area.

Prizes you can win by participating include DNR Annual Passes, Lake Permits, Outdoor Indiana Memberships, Smokey Bear gear, gift cards, and outdoor experiences led by DNR staff.

Is “free” one of your favorite words?

Then you’ll want to “go outside” by visiting a DNR property on Black Friday, November 25, as you and anyone in your vehicle will enter for free that day.

To get even more out of Black Friday, you can enter raffles for DNR annual passes, lake permits, Outdoor Indiana magazine subscriptions, Smokey Bear gear, gift cards, and outdoor experiences. led by DNR staff doing one, two or all three. next to increase your chances of winning.

Share photos of your DNR visit on DNR social media using #OptOutsideIN2022. DNR properties you can visit to participate include state parks, forests, state-run reservoirs, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves, and off-road recreation areas. See additional details at Social media sites for posting include:

Download and complete the Opt Outside Scavenger Hunt at the DNR property you are visiting, then email it to [email protected] to enter a separate draw for price. Check in at any DNR property listed at with the Indiana State Nature Passport and/or complete the Opt Outside Scavenger Hunt and enter the Scavenger Hunt PIN to enter a sweepstakes for a 2023 Annual Pass and Outdoor Indiana Subscription. The PIN will be displayed in the same place as the usual Nature Passport PIN for each property.

“Being able to spend time outdoors at one of your DNR properties at any time helps make you a winner, but we’re happy to waive the admission fee and offer these great prizes to add to your outdoor experience when you go outdoors on Black Friday this year,” said DNR Director Dan Bortner.

New this year, you have the chance to win a prize package worth almost $360 that includes almost everything you need for a great picnic, ideally at an MNR property. Enter through Nov. 26 by signing up to receive the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation’s e-newsletter.

Winners will be notified via social media and posted online at by December 16.