Visit an Indiana State Park for Free on Black Friday

Looking for something fun and FREE to do with your family this Black Friday? Then ditch the check-out lines and Opt Outside at an Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property this year.

Indiana DNR said state properties are great places to avoid crowds on Nov. 26, 2021. And bonus: You’ll get free admission to any DNR property that charges a gate fee on that day. State properties include parks, lakes, state forests, fish & wildlife areas, fish hatcheries, off-road riding areas, and nature preserves.

Opt Outside, Win Prizes

Along with free admission to state parks and properties, Indiana DNR is offering prizes when visitors share their experiences through social media. Everyone who posts a photo, checks in through the State Nature Passport Program, or participates in the scavenger hunt will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a gift pack from REI in Castleton. 

There are three ways to participate and be entered for giveaways:

Post Photos

Post photos of your outdoor Black Friday on DNR social media using the hashtag #OptOutsideIN2021. Posts that do not use that hashtag are not eligible for the drawings. All photos must be taken on November 26, 2021.

DNR social media sites are listed here:

Indiana State Parks Facebook page:
Indiana Fish & Wildlife Facebook page:
Indiana State Forest Facebook page:
Indiana Outdoor Recreation Facebook page:
DNR Facebook page:
DNR Instagram feed:

Opt Outside Scavenger Hunt

Visit any DNR property and complete the #optoutside scavenger hunt on Black Friday, then return it to [email protected] to be entered in a separate drawing for prizes and experiences.

Connect with the State Nature Passport Program

New this year: If you check in at any DNR property listed in the Indiana State Nature Passport Program at, or if you complete the Opt Outside Scavenger Hunt and enter the special Nature Passport Scavenger Hunt PIN, you will be entered in a drawing for a 2022 annual entrance pass and an Outdoor Indiana magazine subscription. The Nature Passport PIN for the scavenger hunt will be posted in the same location as each property’s Nature Passport PIN. Read more about the Indiana State Nature Passport Program here

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