Drop-In Volunteering

How to Apply

  1. Create a profile and apply for this opportunity at https://www.volunteer.gov/
  2. Type "Indiana Dunes National Park" in the search field and look for this opportunity.
  3. Click Apply 
  4. Once you have completed the on-line application process from volunteer.gov , your completed application will be reviewed by a hiring official and compared with other applications for the same volunteer job.
  5. The volunteer program office will contact you directly if you are being considered for a volunteer position.

  6. If selected, more information about the volunteer position, uniform, etc. will be sent to you.
  7. For any questions, contact the volunteer program office by calling (219) 221-7098 or sending us an email. 
No-hassle, low-commitment volunteering: just show up
We provide training and equipment on-site
Drop in and lend a hand in restoring and preserving our national park
Volunteers in the field
Volunteers working in the field

Drop-In at Chellberg Farm

Drop-in volunteering provides hassle-free opportunities at Indiana Dunes. With no previous experience or sign-up required, drop-ins are perfect for those with just a few hours of free time or those visiting the dunes for the weekend.

Join us every third Saturday at the Chellberg Farm parking lot (618 N Mineral Springs Rd) from 9am to 12pm for drop-in volunteering. Projects vary by date and season, but can include working with animals, land and building restoration, or preparing for special events.

Volunteers picking up trash
Volunteers picking up trash on the beach

Trash Trekkers

You can also volunteer through Trash Trekkers, a drop-in litter clean up program. Simply check in at the Visitor Center to receive trash bags, then choose from one of our many beaches or hiking trails to collect trash. Visitors are awarded with a free, reusable water bottle for filling up their bags.


Volunteer Resources & Documents


Last updated: November 2, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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