Volunteer Program


The Park Connection

“Connecting People To The Park”

Office: 891 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304
Located across the street from Chellberg Farm
Hours: Every Wednesday, 9am-3pm
Phone: (219) 221-7098

Email: e-mail us

Indiana Dunes' volunteer program offers a variety of volunteering opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities to serve alongside park employees. Click through our opportunities below to learn more. Simply contact us and we will find your place in the park.

To find out about volunteer opportunities in other National Parks and/or other government agencies, visit https://www.volunteer.gov/



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


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

Beach Cruisers

Monitor the park's beach shoreline
Educate the public of beach rules and regulations


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 FeederWatch Program, integrated Monarch Monitoring Program, or Chronolog Environmental Monitoring

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 Chellberg Farm 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

Volunteer Resources & Documents

Volunteer Handbook
Hours Sheet (PDF) - submit every month to your supervisor and to indu_volunteer@nps.gov
Monthly Volunteer Newsletter Signup 
Volunteer Orientation Video

Last updated: July 7, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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