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National Park and Dunes Tourism offer Volunteer Opportunities

Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes Tourism 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 include stewardship, restoration, park clean-up, and more.

On Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., meet at the Park Connection Office located next to the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot for a morning of stewardship in your national park. Projects vary by season, but can include working on invasive species, land and building restoration, or preparing for special events.

There are other opportunities to help. Daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center located at 1215 North State Road 49, Porter, Indiana or the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at 100 North Lake Street, Gary, Indiana for the “Trash Trekkers” program. Grab a bag at either center and help keep our beaches and trails clean.

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 depending on the season, bring sunscreen, bug spray and water. The national park will provide gear and training to anyone interested in lending a hand to help preserve the Indiana Dunes.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at Indiana Dunes National Park, call the Park Connection office at 219-221-7098 or visit

Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 424 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. Over 3 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 Park. For more information, visit

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