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Join us for our newly revamped Hoosier Quest – the patch program that gets you outside and active at Indiana’s State Park and Reservoirs.

The Hoosier Quest outdoor adventure program consists of three levels: Discover, Challenge and Explore.


Discover patch 
Designed for everyone who is at least 5 years old.
Attend interpretive programs, volunteer and complete activities listed in the brochure.
Earn your patch and certificate after completing all requirements.
There’s no time limit. 
Patch requirements can be done using multiple properties on different visits.
Download the brochure. 


Hoosier Quest ChallengeNo age limits or requirements.
People of all abilities are welcome to participate.
Attend interpretive programs, volunteer and complete 15 fun outdoor activities as you learn about Indiana’s State Parks and Reservoirs.
The activities align with the DNR Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, but they are for all ages.
There’s no time limit. 
Patch requirements can be done using multiple properties on different visits.
Download the brochure.


Explore patch

Specially designed for individuals and families visiting State Parks and Reservoirs. Find out what makes each state park and reservoir special. Upon completion, each person can purchase a property specific enamel lapel pin for $2.

Frequently Asked Questions

What about the old Hoosier Quest program?

Our former Hoosier Quest program (Discover, Connect, Explore) will be honored through 2015 for participants who started it before July 2014. After that date, the new version will be the only version offered. It is designed to be much easier to follow, and allows many more choices for active participation.

Is there a program for my group (scouts, youth group, etc)?

Yes. The Hoosier Pathfinder Patch Program is designed for any group wishing to earn a patch while hiking or working on a service project in one of several selected Indiana State Parks, State Forests and State Reservoirs. To learn more about the program, view the brochure.

Can adults participate in all three programs?

Absolutely! Many of the activities involved in each program can be taken to a more advanced adult level. Talk with an interpreter at your favorite park or reservoir for more information.