Volunteer Program

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The Park Connection

“Connecting People To The Park”

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Park Connection program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities to serve alongside park employees.

Click through our opportunities below to learn more. Most of our positions do not require a formal application. Simply contact us and we will find your place in the park.

Call us at (219) 221-7098 or email us at parkconnection@gmail.com.

Volunteer Resources:

Volunteer Newsletter Archive
Hours Sheet (PDF, 135KB) (also available as an Excel file, 28KB) - submit every month
Volunteer Service Agreement (PDF, 556KB)
Volunteer Handbook (PDF, 3.2MB) - last updated August 28, 2018


 
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ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

• Be a part of a rich heritage of artists who inspire and move others to preserve the dunes.
• Live and create art along the lakeshore for two weeks.

 
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CORPORATE & BUSINESS

• Help play an important role for our local and regional community
• Engage employees in projects around the park
 
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CAMPGROUND HOST

• Be the "eyes and ears" of the park by assisting campers and park service staff
• Volunteers live on-site in the campgrounds during the season

 
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CITIZEN SCIENCE

• Become a citizen scientist to assist in scientific research used across the nation
• Join the “Dragonfly” Mercury Project, Feeder Watch Program, or Impact of Climate on Sugar Maples studies
 
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DROP-IN VOLUNTEERING

• No registration, minimum-age, special skills, or commitment necessary
• Park provides training and equipment on site

 
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RAILROAD CREW

• Present a new appreciation of the national parks to train riders and enthusiasts
• Advocate for public transportation use and history
 
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RIVER CREW

• Enhance the recreational use of the Little Calumet River
• Participate in river restoration and recreational development
 
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SCOUT PROGRAMS

• Participate in a variety of organized educational or service projects
• Embrace our park's natural and cultural resources
 
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SEASONAL VOLUNTEERS

• Become part of the park team
• Help with educational programs, resource management, and other park operations
 
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SERVICE LEARNING

• Learn new skills while giving back
• Students of all ages, from grade school to post-grad, are welcome
• Get involved in areas of the park that interest you most
 
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SPECIAL EVENTS

• Contribute to the success of our festivals and special events
• Work with rangers as you interact with visitors and learn about park history
 
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THE FARM & GARDEN CREW

• Get your hands dirty work on the historic Chellberg Farm
• Share your love of animals and outdoor gardening
 
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TRAIL CREW

• Explore our park while keeping our trails safe
• Get hands-on experience reporting, repairing, and maintaining trails
 

The Park Connection

"Connecting People To The Park"
For more volunteer opportunities, contact The Park Connection Office by calling (219) 221-7098 or email us to connect with the Volunteer Program Manager.

Last updated: September 6, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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