On Sept. 28, Indiana will participate in the largest nation-wide single-day volunteer effort for public lands, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday.
For National Public Lands Day, volunteer programs will be held at Ouabache State Park, Summit Lake State Park, Tippecanoe River State Park, Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area, Fort Harrison State Park, Mississinewa Lake State Park, and Whitewater Memorial State Park, among other locations. All volunteers are welcome.
Volunteers will maintain trails, clean lakes, paint structures, clean litter, remove invasive plants, and participate in other projects.
In addition to the DNR, the Indiana Department of Transportation is also encouraging volunteer work through a partnership with State Parks that will provide its employees with volunteer opportunities for National Public Lands Day. In 2018, more than 100 INDOT employees volunteered as part of the INDOT Cares initiative.
“Through our INDOT Cares program, our team strives to make a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work,” said INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness in a press release. “One of the most meaningful ways we can make a difference is through completing projects in Indiana’s beautiful state parks.”