Indiana is giving out free passes to state parks and recreation areas -- But you might have to read a book to get one

Having a full-time job can be stressful and draining.

The monotony of the 9-5 grind can have anyone daydreaming of freedom, whether that's with a hobby like mindless reading or hitting the ground and exploring the great outdoors.

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana State Library seem to have a creative way to give busy residents the opportunity to do just both – all in one place.

The state will roll out a program on February 1 that will distribute 240 state park passes to different library districts across Indiana.

The passes are free and can be borrowed at any time, by any resident.

Each pass will permit access to all 32 of Indiana's state parks, as well as waive the fees to state forest recreation areas.

The initiative is meant to encourage residents to hit the books for some leisurely reading, wander through the state's natural beauty – Or do a little bit of both!

The program started last year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Indiana state park system.

Free passes to encourage imagination and distressing? That's definitely something every state could get behind!

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