Step through our Doorway and Step out into Hoosier Wilderness

Our state parks give us an opportunity to explore nature, see the many different vistas of Indiana, and enjoy the outdoors.  Thanks to our colleague, Bill Buckley from Mooresville Public Library, we are debuting our first video from the Library.  The music and photos take you on a journey to many of our state parks.  Start planning your first or next trip today.

Did you know that kids need nature? They do! Research shows that children who spend time outside are more creative and are better problem solvers. They’re healthier, more physically fit, more confident, better test takers, and less stressed!  So plan a trip with a child in your life and get the same side benefits for you!

Stop by the Library and check out one of our park passes for a week.

See our FAQs for more information.

 

 

The Indiana State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program

BrookvilleLakeThe Aurora Public Library District is excited to announce The Indiana State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program, a partnership with Indiana Public Libraries, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Parks.  2016 is an exciting year combining the Indiana Bicentennial and the Indiana State Parks Centennial.  The two state organizations envisioned 2016 as a year to encourage and introduce Indiana residents to our beautiful state parks.  The Indiana State Library purchased one Annual Entrance Permit, referred to for this program as the Park Pass, and distributed the Park Pass to each public Library.  Libraries were able to purchase additional Park Passes to make the passes available to patrons at each building in a Library District. Check out one of the Aurora Public Library District’s Park Pass and begin to explore.

I want to challenge APLD patrons to check out a pass and visit or revisit a state park.

I enjoy exploring Indiana parks 

I grew up visiting the Versailles State Park on family camping trips.  Sometimes a hike to Bat Cave, which always scared me to death, was the memory maker.  I never entered the cave, way too scary for me.  We enjoyed campfires with campfire pies and smores at night while singing around the fire.  I remember getting to meet other campers on walks around the campgrounds and throughout the park.  Versailles gave me the opportunity to get a sunburn at the beach, catch a fish at the dam, and visit the horses waiting for a rider to take them onto a trail.

After college, I went to visit my college roommate and her husband.  We then went for the weekend to Potato Creek State Park to camp.  This Park is in northern Indiana and I didn’t realize how flat Indiana can be.  I keep waiting for the nestling feeling that I get in southern Indiana.  But without northern Indiana flat areas farming in Indiana would be very different.  So I learned to embrace that we have many different geographic areas and that is great to explore.

When I was a school librarian on the west side of Indiana, I spent some weekends at Turkey Run State Park and love the covered bridges.  To me, covered bridges bring a sense of calm and peaceful protection so I love traveling through them.  I remember the hiking through the trees and ravines.  A special spot was along Sugar Creek.

I worked with Kathy, a special ed teacher whose passion was Indiana History. Kathy and I would  take weekend drives around west central Indiana and she would share what happened on that land throughout Indiana’s history.  My favorite was when I learned about Tecumseh, the Shawnee Indian, and his brother Tenskwatawa (The Prophet) who were living where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash near the town of Battle Ground northeast of Lafayette.  The story takes place in 1808, Tecumseh wanted to persuade tribes to join his coalition to stop their common enemy.  Tecumseh left Tenskwatawa to speak to the tribes gathered while he continued to travel and meet other tribes. Since Tenskwatawa told the story of what was going to happen he became The Prophet and they called the settlement Prophetstown. William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory, became alarmed at the number of people at Prophetstown and sent troops to be nearby.  Prophet was afraid the troops were going to attack so he decided to strike first.  (The next part is my favorite part of the story) Prophetstown was on a flat area nearby a hill with rocks.  Prophet explained to his people that he was going up on the rock and would chant.  As long as they could hear him chant they would be safe and protected.  Unfortunately, this did not go well for the tribes peoples, but Prophet had positioned himself where he could make an escape.  (Now for the amazing news) In 1970s, I visited Prophetstown many times and once while visiting and walking to the rock where Prophet chanted those many years ago, Prophet’s spirit jumped into me and when I hear his name or the story I can’t help myself and the chanting takes over.  Prophetstown State Park now allows this area to be preserved and the story retold.  Perhaps, you can take a trip and see the rock and the field.  When you come back, if you didn’t hear The Prophet come see me and we will see if his chanting reconnects with me.

While working at APLD, I have attended meetings held at Brown County State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Hardy Lake, and Spring Mill State Parks.  These meetings remind me how beautiful southern Indiana really is and something we should see as through a child’s eyes.

Last summer, while fighting cancer, my husband bought us a small motor home and we went to Brookville Lake and the Whitewater Memorial State Park.  We met my daughter and son-in-law to camp, rest and again enjoy a campfire.  Michaela and Gunnar went on several walks and Mike let the artist in him come out while I rested and gained strength.  It was a beautiful park and a wonderful time.

Thanks for listening to me meander through Indiana and their parks again.  I would love for you to share with me your park experiences you make this year.  Email me your trips and I will build a blog post later this year of our APLD Patrons Exploring Indiana Parks During the Bicentennial.

FAQs about the The Indiana State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program

2016 IN State Park Pass Annual Entrance Permit

The Aurora Public Library District is excited to announce The Indiana State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program, a partnership with Indiana Public Libraries, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Parks.  2016 is an exciting year combining the Indiana Bicentennial and the Indiana State Parks Centennial.  The two state organizations visioned 2016 as a year to encourage and introduce Indiana residents to our beautiful state parks.  The Indiana State Library purchased one Annual Entrance Permit, referred to for this program as the Park Pass, and distributed the Park Pass to each public Library.  Libraries were able to purchase additional Park Passes to make the passes available to patrons at each building in a Library District.  The Aurora Public Library District today makes the Annual Pass available for patrons to check out.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Who developed this program?

This is a partnership between the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Parks, a division of the DNR, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in honor of the Indiana State Bicentennial and the Indiana State Parks Centennial.

Why was this program developed?

To encourage Hoosiers to visit their public Library and the state parks. State Librarian Jacob Speer said, “The State Library is excited about its bicentennial partnership with Indiana State Parks. The partnership gives library patrons an opportunity to explore the many beautiful state park locations across Indiana simply by using their library to check out free passes.”

What does the program do?

The program provides access to Indiana State Parks and Indiana State Forest Recreation Areas by using the pass for gate entrance fees between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

How many passes does my Library have available?

The Indiana State Library purchased the first Library Park Pass for our Library District (APLD). The APLD purchased passes so that the passes would be available at the Aurora Public Library, The Dillsboro Public Library and the Local History Library @ the Depot.

If the APLD Park Pass is not available, how much will it cost me to visit a state park?

The fee is $7.00 a day for a non-commercial vehicle with an Indiana license plates, every day including holidays. The fee admits the driver and passengers. This applies to all State Parks and state-managed lakes, excluding Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Interpretive Center.

Where can I use the pass?

The pass can be used at the following properties:   Brookville Lake, Brown County State Park, Chain O’Lakes State Park, Charlestown State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Fort Harrison State Park, Hardy Lake, Harmonie State Park, Indiana Dunes State Park, Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber and Cataract Falls SRAs), Lincoln State Park, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Mississinewa Lake, Monroe Lake, Mounds State Park, O’Bannon Woods State Park, Ouabache State Park, Patoka Lake, Pokagon State Park and Trine SRA, Potato Creek State Park, Prophetstown State Park,  Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA), Salamonie Lake, Shakamak State Park, Spring Mill State Park, Summit Lake State Park, Tippecanoe River State Park, Turkey Run State Park, Shades State Park, Versailles State Park, Whitewater Memorial State Park, Deam Lake SRA, Ferdinand State Forest, and Starve Hollow SRA.

I heard that parks don’t have someone at the gate all year round so when are gate fees required at state parks?  Is it all year or just in the summer?

The Indiana State Parks website says: Operation of entrance gates varies from park to park and season to season. Generally speaking, gates are operated full-time from April through October and on weekends the rest of the year but that may not always be the case if the park is hosting a special event or other feature where a controlled gate is important. It is best to call and check before visiting if there is a question.

I heard that seniors can get a free pass. Can you tell me about this?

For Indiana residents who are at least age 65 years or are a resident eligible for Social Security disability payments under 42 U.S. C. 401 (proof of eligibility must be presented at time of purchase and disabled individual must be present in the vehicle at time of use) can purchase a $25.00 Golden Hoosier Passport which admits a noncommercial vehicle, driver and passengers. Good from January 1 until December 31 of year issued. The price is 1/2 the Resident Annual Entrance Permit Fee.

I want to purchase a pass for me to use this year.  Where do I get it?

You can purchase a 2016 Annual Entrance Permit at a State Park or online at the IN State Park Store.

What programs are available at the Indiana State Parks to celebrate its centennial anniversary?

The Indiana State Parks system was a gift to the people of Indiana in 1916 in celebration of the state’s centennial. Read more about activities that are part of the State Parks Centennial Celebration at INStateParks100.com