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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes Tourism (IDT) have partnered to offer Drop-In Volunteering, a no-hassle volunteer option for those looking to help out at the Indiana Dunes. Opportunities will be available nearly every day of the week and will include stewardship, restoration, park clean-up and more.
The designated meeting areas are the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 1215 N. State Rd. 49 in Porter, the Paul H. Douglas Center at 100 N. Lake St. in Gary and the new Park Connection Office by Chellberg Farm at 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd. in Porter.
Drop-In hours will be 9 a.m. to noon every third Saturday of the month at the Park Connection Office, 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Sunday, June 23 to Aug. 19 at the Paul H. Douglas Center and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during weekdays throughout the year at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. No formal commitment is necessary; simply drop-in at any of these locations during program hours to get started.
Remember to dress appropriately for the work you will be doing—wear comfortable outdoor clothing and bring sunscreen, bug spray and water. The National Park Service will provide gear and training to anyone interested in lending a hand to preserve the Indiana Dunes.
Visit the Indiana Dunes Tourism volunteer webpage for specific dates, times, and project details.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 417 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies and marshes. Up to two million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.
Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official destination marketing, planning and development organization for Indiana Dunes Country/Porter County, IN.Since 1986, IDT has promoted the Indiana Dunes and the great communities throughout Porter County to potential visitors, as well as encouraged local residents to take advantage of all this area has to offer. IDT operates the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. For more information, visit IndianaDunes.com.