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Indiana State Park Pass available for checkout

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In 2016, Hoosiers can check out state parks by checking out an entrance pass from a public library.

Each branch of the Jasper County Public Library now has one Indiana State Park Pass available for checkout to adult cardholders who are residents of our library district.

A State Park Pass may be checked out for 7 days and permits entrance to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. Passes will be valid in 2016 from Jan. 1-Dec. 31.   

The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library to encourage people to visit Indiana libraries and parks.

While the state is celebrating 200 years of statehood in 2016, Indiana's State Parks are also celebrating a 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  

Jasper County Public Library received one free pass from the State Library, and we have purchased two more passes so that each of our library locations has a pass to circulate this year. This is a one-year program offered as a part of the Indiana State Parks Centennial Celebration for 2016.

“Our goal is to provide access to our great Indiana State Parks for those who may have never visited,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director of stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “We also hope that those who come in to check out the annual pass will take time to explore the services and materials available in Indiana’s libraries.”

We are very excited to be able to circulate Indiana State Park passes this year. For more information please contact any Jasper County Public Library - DeMotte, Rensselaer, or Wheatfield.