From maintaining trails to entering computer data, there are plenty of ways for Hoosiers to celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, by donating their time and talent to DNR State Parks & Reservoirs.
“Volunteering gives you a great sense of accomplishment,” said Jody Heaston, volunteer coordinator for State Parks & Reservoirs. “You know you are helping manage and conserve our natural and cultural resources.”
Heaston said she hopes participants in National Volunteer Week will “catch the giving-back fever” and continue to work with Indiana’s State Parks & Reservoirs.
A brochure describing volunteer opportunities is at stateparks.IN.gov/2443.htm. To download a volunteer application form, go to stateparks.IN.gov and click on “How You Can Help” under “Stewardship Links.”
Information about volunteer opportunities at specific properties can be found by calling the office at those properties.
Some examples of upcoming opportunities are:
· Helping Pokagon State Park plant trees to replace several hundred lost to emerald ash borer. Volunteers should bring a shovel or spade and meet at the nature center at 2 p.m. on April 21. Opportunities to help with planting at other times are available to scout and service groups. For information call (260) 833-2012.
· Joining the Earth Day Volunteer Project at Monroe Lake at 2 p.m. April 22. Volunteers will help restore the flood-damaged nature center. Register for the project by 4 p.m. April 20 by contacting interpretive naturalist Jill Vance at
or (812) 837-9546.
· Learning about upcoming volunteer opportunities at Monroe Lake and the property’s new volunteer program from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 22 at Paynetown State Recreation Area Nature Center.
· Serving in the volunteer work day at Turkey Run State Park on April 28. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the nature center for equipment and assignments. For information call (765) 597-2654.