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Opt Outside with Indiana DNR

OptOutside with Us in 2020!

There is no better place to socially distance and avoid crowds on Black Friday than to give yourself some space and #OptOutside on November 27, 2020 at a DNR property this year. We invite you to enjoy our state parks, big lakes, state forests, fish & wildlife areas, fish hatcheries, off-road riding areas and nature preserves, and share your experiences through social media with others who are doing the same. And you might win a great prize when you do!

There are three great ways to participate and be entered for giveaways.

Post Photos

Post photos of your outdoor Black Friday on DNR social media using the hashtag #OptOutsideIN2020. Posts that do not use that hashtag are not eligible for the drawings. All photos must be taken on November 27, 2020.

Special prize drawings will also be conducted in several specific photo categories. These photos must also include the hashtags as noted below for consideration in these “extra” drawings in which prizes may include an annual pass, free camping or inns gift card, or a bike, boat or ORV pass:

  • #Responsiblerecreation –share your photos of picking up and carrying out trash as you enjoy the outdoors, your pet on a six foot leash enjoying a hike with you, you participating in the 5-gallon challenge by picking up litter along a shoreline, or photos of you doing another conservation-minded activity. 
  • #Activeoutside – share your photo of hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, kayaking or canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, biking or riding on an ORV trail (Redbird or Interlake SRAs only)
  • #Vistaview – share a photo of a great view at a DNR property. We suggest one of the vistas along Skyline Drive in Jackson-Washington State Forest or a scenic view from a fire tower or other great location.
  • #MaskUpHoosiers – share a photo of your friends and family enjoying the outdoors while wearing your masks to protect each other, other property guests, and DNR staff with whom you may interact.

DNR social media sites for posting include division and/or property pages as well as the links listed below.

Stay overnight

Camp at a state park, reservoir or state forest recreation area, or stay at an Indiana State Park Inn on Black Friday. The hashtag #optoutsideINN or #optoutsideCAMP must be used with your post to be eligible for the drawings. Find out more about winter camping facilities at stateparks.IN.gov/9655.htm. Make camping reservations at camp.IN.gov or inn reservations at IndianaInns.com.

Opt Outside Scavenger Hunt

Visit any DNR property and complete the #optoutside scavenger hunt  on Black Friday then return it to SPContests@dnr.IN.gov to be entered in a separate drawing for prizes and experiences.

Everyone who posts a photo as described, camps or stays at an Indiana state park inn, or participates in the scavenger hunt will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a gift pack from the outdoor gear retailer REI in Castleton. REI is a supporter of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and Indiana State Parks.

Share Your Photos Prizes

  • Annual Entrance Passes from Indiana State Parks
  • Outdoor Indiana Subscriptions from Outdoor Indiana Magazine
  • 2 nights of camping at Starve Hollow SRA from the Division of Forestry
  • Guided off-road riding tour for 3 at Redbird SRA or Interlake SRA, from the Division of Outdoor Recreation
  • Rod and reel from the Division of Fish & Wildlife
  • 2 nights of camping at J.E. Roush Lake FWA from the Division of Fish & Wildlife
  • 2 nights of camping at an Indiana State Park with tent, other basic equipment and one camp meal provided
  • Guided night hike in a state park or reservoir for up to 15 people, provided by Indiana State Parks.

Stay Overnight Prizes

  • $50 camping gift card, provided by Indiana State Parks
  • $50 inns gift card, provided by Indiana State Park Inns
  • Free #OptOutside winter gear (headbands, gloves, hats)

Scavenger Hunt Giveaway Prizes

  • Annual Entrance Pass provided by Indiana State Parks
  • Smokey Bear Blanket provided by the Division of Forestry
  • Smokey Bear Backpack provided by the Division of Forestry
  • DNR Outdoor Calendars provided by Outdoor Indiana
  • Two hours of free shooting time with experienced staff instructors at a DNR shooting range from the Division of Fish & Wildlife
  • Guided off-road riding tour for 3 at Redbird SRA or Interlake SRA from the Division of Outdoor Recreation
  • Guided kayak tour for up to 8 people provided by Indiana State Parks
  • 2 different people can win their choice of an outdoor experience with a Division of Fish & Wildlife biologist either banding birds, surveying wildlife, working at the lamprey barrier, or electrofishing with a biologist
  • Free #OptOutside winter gear (headbands, gloves, hats)
  • REI Prize Package Winner