Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

National Volunteer Week and DNR opportunities

National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, is a great time catch the giving-back fever that's sweeping the country. Chances are there is a way to donate your interests, time and talents to benefit our natural resources and have fun in the process.

The DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs provides numerous types of opportunities, such as greeting interpretive center visitors, serving as a campground host, demonstrating a craft or skill, assisting with special events, maintaining trails, or monitoring bluebird boxes. Helping control invasive plants such as garlic mustard is another possibility.

If you don't like working outdoors but would like to help the natural resources in another way, many DNR properties need help entering computer data, to free up those whose specialties call them outdoors.
The Natural Resources Education Center at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis seeks gardeners and painters to spruce up for its May 15 open house. From April 20-24, about 10 people will be needed each day. Call (317) 562-1338 or send an e-mail to if you can help.

If you have some free time and a willingness to work, chances are the DNR can use your skills and services.
“Volunteering can help you get to know other property visitors and staff," said Ginger Murphy, volunteer coordinator for the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs. "Volunteering also gives you a great sense of accomplishment. You know you are helping manage and conserve our natural and cultural resources.”

A brochure describing volunteer opportunities at DNR properties is at Visit and click on “How You Can Help” to download a volunteer application form. For more information about volunteer opportunities at specific properties, call the office at a DNR property near you.

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