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About Eppley


The Eppley Institute is Indiana University’s unique outreach program for the park, active living, and protected lands management profession, focused on enhancing the quality of natural, cultural, and recreational experiences for all people in the state, nation, and world. The Eppley Institute’s experts and services are unsurpassed, including Public Engagement and Outreach, Research, Website Services, Master and Strategic Planning, Training and Education for the Park, recreation community health and protected area organizations around the world.

Our Roots

As a unit of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, the Eppley Institute has a rich history and legacy related to park and recreation management. Indiana University, one of the first park and recreation management degree granting universities in the nation, has been a leader in parks, recreation and public lands education, research and technical assistance since 1946, now a part of the School of Public Health, the Institute is leading the effort to better link, through research, training, and technical assistance, parks and lands with public health. Learn more about our history and mission.