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In honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources have put state park passes into circulation at local libraries.

State parks officials say the goal is to provide access to parks for those who may never have visited one.

The program, called The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program, is a partnership between the state parks and the Indiana State Library. Both the Huntingburg Public Library and the Jasper-Dubois County Public Libraries have each received a pass.

Libraries will enter the passes into their catalogues in the first few weeks of 2016, and patrons will be able to check out the passes. The state library suggested passes be available for a week at a time, and the Dubois County libraries are following the suggestion.

The passes allow free entry into 32 state parks and state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged including local parks Ferdinand State Forest, Patoka Reservoir and Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City.

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