Volunteer Drop-In Program Drop-In Volunteer Program

Volunteer Drop-In Program

Be the Change — Volunteer! Get more involved with the Indiana Dunes!

There are many no-hassle, drop-in volunteer opportunities available for everyone. Just show up! The organization provides the gear and training.

Choose From One of These Great Programs:

More Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for other volunteer opportunities? Click one of the options below to learn more about other organizations making a difference in the Indiana Dunes area.

Indiana Dunes Tourism

Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official destination marketing organization for the Indiana Dunes area. They promote the Indiana Dunes and the great communities throughout Porter County to potential visitors, as well as encouraging local residents to take advantage of all this area has to offer.

National Park Service

Indiana Dunes’ volunteer program offers a variety of volunteering opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities to serve alongside park employees. Most of their positions do not require a formal application. Simply contact them, and they will find your place in the park.

Department of Natural Resources

Encompassing the Indiana Dunes State Park, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources protects, enhances, preserves, and wisely uses natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana’s citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.

The Nature Conservancy

The main organization behind the Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. They impact conservation in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected more than 2,600 acres across six counties in northwestern Indiana, from endangered dune and swale in Lake County to the kettle lakes of St. Joseph County. Whether you’re interested in helping them remove invasive species, leading hikes, or assisting in fundraising activities, they would love your help!

Porter County Parks & Recreation

Porter County Park preserves, protects, and manages the natural, cultural, and recreational resources within its diverse park system. They deliver youth, adult, and school programs to all residents of Porter County, while also providing a gateway into the natural beauty of the area.

Friends of Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Dunes are priceless natural resources in the midst of the heartland’s largest metropolitan area. The Friends of Indiana Dunes sponsor invaluable educational and recreational opportunities at the Indiana Dunes National Park, the Indiana Dunes State Park, and the Dunes Learning Center.

Bicycling

Some things stick with us forever, just like riding a bike. Unforgettable vacation memories spent cruising miles of paved trail, off-road adventures, and rails to trails journeys are just to name a few.

Birding

We’ve been described as “for the birds,” and no, that isn’t an insult. The Indiana Dunes is a birders paradise. After all, where else can you see more than 350 native and migratory bird species in one place?

Fishing

Fishing season? Try fishing seasons. With this many inland lakes, creeks, miles of shoreline, and deep waters, we’re hooked on the sport all year round.

Hiking

Need a reason to get outside? We’ve got 15,000 of ‘em. That’s 15,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness to walk, climb, and hike through along old-growth forest floors, centuries-old paths, and starkly beautiful wetlands.

Paddling

Our recipe for the perfect day? Just add water. Luckily, around here there’s no shortage of lakes, creeks, and waterways to satisfy your inner aquaphile. Take it from us, it’s the best way to get to know the area.

Wandering

Take the time to wander and let your senses take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Indiana Dunes. Explore gardens, parks, and other natural areas with serene settings.

Tales from the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes Blog

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the latest and greatest tales from the dunes.

Visitor Center

Traveling with Care at the Indiana Dunes

We are excited to share this unique place with you and ask that when you visit you take care of our environment and support our local communities.

Dunes 101

Dunes 101: How to Stay Safe in the Dunes

Check out these safety tips and guidelines about how to be a responsible visitor when enjoying the Indiana Dunes.

Beaches

Dunes 101: Where are the Indiana Dunes beaches?

The Indiana Dunes beaches get a lot of attention—and for good reason! Visiting an Indiana Dunes beach is a no-brainer, but which beach should you…

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