Canal Park would not exist without the countless hours and hard work of dedicated volunteers. Whether you enjoy working with your hands or sharing stories with park guests, there are volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule.
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Volunteer Opportunities at Canal Park
Wabash & Erie Canal Park continues to grow by regularly adding new attractions in the Park, including buildings of the Canal era. A group of volunteers that enjoy the work of restoring, reproducing and maintaining those historic structures which were built a hundred plus years ago, are beginning the spring season with new enthusiasm. Additional workers are always welcome.
In spring the equipment used to groom the park and trails also is readied for the season. These seasonal positions are in need of more hands.
The Canal Museum and Canal Park have become regular destinations for Central Indiana students studying Indiana history. The school tour season begins in the spring and often extends into the fall. Guides and docents are needed to host the school tours during this busy season.
Tours are given not only to students. Bus tour groups and new visitors are guided by volunteers through Pioneer Village buildings and the excellent Interpretive Museum. As the number of tours continues to increase, additional guides and docents are needed.
Wabash & Erie Canal continues to attract donors of historical artifacts. Archivists work to catalog and preserve the collections of the Canal Era items. They also develop displays for the Museum and Park. As the collections continue to grow, the need to increase the size of the archives team also grows.
Re-enactors (docents) in Pioneer Village are needed to demonstrate skills and provide hands-on knowledge of life in the early to mid 1800s for children and adults alike.
Greeters are needed year around at the Canal Center and Interpretive Museum.
Scattered around the Park are a variety of gardens, which provide backdrops for many photographers and events. Spring brings out the gardeners to groom, prune, and replant the flowers and vegetables. More hands make happy work. New gardeners are always welcome.
The “Delphi,” a reproduction canal boat, utilizes the only watered public recreational section of the Wabash & Erie Canal existing in Indiana. A leisurely ride on the “Delphi”, operated by a correctly appareled crew and narrated by knowledgeable docents attracts people from afar for a pleasant experience. With the increasing number of cruises there is a continuing need for boat captains and crew, especially on weekends.
To volunteer at the Canal stop by the visitors’ desk at the Canal Interpretive Center and complete a volunteer questionnaire. You can also send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know how you would like to volunteer.