Volunteer Program

The Park Connection

“Connecting People To The Park”

Office: 618 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304
Located near the Bailly/Chellberg trail head
Hours: Every Wednesday, 9am-3pm
Phone: (219) 221-7098
Email: parkconnection@gmail.com
 

Indiana Dunes' 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.




 

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.
 

BARK Rangers

Be a BARK Ranger Ambassador and volunteer with your four-legged friends!
Educate visitors on how to handle pets in the national parks.
 

CORPORATE & BUSINESS

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

Campground Host

Be the "eyes and ears" of the park by watching over Dunewood Campground
Live on-site during the camping season
 

Citizen Science

Become a citizen scientist to assist in scientific research used across the nation
Join the Dragonfly Mercury Project, FeederWatch Program, or Impact of Climate on Sugar Maples studies
 

Drop-In volunteering

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

Railroad Crew

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

River Crew

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

Scout Programs

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

Seasonal Volunteers

Become a part of the park team!
Help with educational programs, resource management, and other park operations
 

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
 

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
 

The Farm and Garden Crew

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

Trail Crew

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

Thank you to our partners:

Dunes National Park Association Logo Dunes Learning Center Logo East Troy Railroad Musuem Logo Friends of Indiana Dunes Logo Indiana Dunes Tourism Logo Indiana Landmarks Logo Northwest Indiana Paddling Association Logo Trails and Rails Logo

Last updated: July 10, 2019

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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