We serve as the official non-profit for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Our Mission

The Foundation celebrates and preserves Indiana’s natural legacy by raising funds to support the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its programs.

Indiana’s rich history embodies a system of parks, forests and natural areas that the public is encouraged to use. The Foundation funds important DNR programs, including educational initiatives that help future generations learn about appropriate stewardship of our precious natural resources and the value of its diversity. We also fund important projects that focus on critical habitats to encourage healthy wildlife, control invasive species and promote quality recreation opportunities through the DNR. Personal investment in these key initiatives inspires the next generation of leaders in conservation and enhances Hoosiers’ ability to enjoy more outdoor opportunities today.

Our Goals

1

Give adventure to every Hoosier child through an educational outdoor experience.

2

Plant one million trees in Indiana's State Forests by 2026.

3

Increase Indiana’s public lands to more than 5%.

Help us celebrate and preserve Indiana's natural legacy for today and future generations.

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Our History

Since 1990, the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation has worked to protect our rare and endangered species, grow our protected public lands, teach our children about our natural resources and restore and preserve Indiana’s natural legacy. We have partnered with the Benjamin Harrison Conservation Trust (Environment License Plate), the Bicentennial Nature Trust, and INSWMP. Important projects the Foundation has supported include the acquisition of Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area which protects nearly 8,000 acres of wetlands and grasslands. We also financially supported the Hoosier Outdoor Experience from 2010-2017. An estimated more than 100,000 people engaged in outdoor recreation activities available in Indiana through that event.

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Jody Kress

Executive Director Email Jody Kress

"Playing in the woods and wading creeks as a kid created a life-long connection to the outdoors. These experiences helped me appreciate the value in conservation and led to a desire to introduce new people to the awesome adventures available in Indiana."

Cheryl Hampton

Administrator Email Cheryl Hampton

"Throughout my 40 years of service with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources I have had many great experiences enjoying Indiana's outdoors. I enjoy them most when I am able to spend it camping with my family."

Haley Sanders

Intern Email Haley Sanders

"So many things have an impact on our natural resources, even the little things people do. Conservation is critical because everyone, especially future generations, deserves the opportunity to experience our natural resources."

Board Members

Celebrate Indiana’s natural legacy