Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore needs public support to achieve its potential as a regional and national asset. The DNPA will assist the park in a variety of ways:
- Apply for grants and private sector funding to support the park.
- Receive and administer funding for which the NPS is not eligible.
- Publicize and encourage public support for park goals.
- Advocate and represent the park to elected officials.
- Extend the message of the park to community organizations and civic group meetings.
- Fund things the NPS cannot pay for due to federal regulations.
- Make and sell park-related merchandise to increase awareness and generate income.
- Host special events.
- Secure equipment and services through donation or purchase.
- Assist in renovating and developing park facilities.
The DNPA recognizes the many other organizations active in the park protection and land conservation in the region and sees itself as a partner and collaborator with these organizations.
The DNPA will not:
- Purchase or own land for conservation.
- Act as an environmental advocacy organization.
- Act on the behalf of any park other than the national park.
- Conduct public training, workshops, or seminars.