National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. To encourage volunteerism, the Indiana Department of Transportation has partnered with State Parks for employees to have a place to volunteer.


As part of the INDOT Cares initiative, agency employees will volunteer their time to help maintain trails, paint structures, clean lakes and various other projects.

“Volunteering is a great team building activity for businesses and organizations,” said Jody Heaston, State Park Volunteer Coordinator. “The state parks are thankful INDOT chose us as a place to do this. We will get lot of work accomplished with a group of people.”

“INDOT Cares is a way for our employees to volunteer their time and increase the positive impact the agency has on Indiana’s communities,” said INDOT Deputy Commissioner Lori Torres. “The program fulfills the sense of giving and responsibility we all feel, while strengthening the qualities that make INDOT a great place to work.”

State parks participating with INDOT Cares include, Chain O’ Lakes, Pokagon, Salamonie, Ouabache, Shades, Summit Lake, Mounds, Fort Harrison, Potato Creek, Tippecanoe River, Indiana Dunes, Clifty Falls, and Patoka Lake.

National Public Lands Day is one of four key times when Indiana State Parks focus attention on volunteer and giving opportunities. Volunteers are welcome all the time, but the other days in which service and giving are emphasized are Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29), Martin Luther King National Day of Service (January 16, 2017) and National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017).   In 2015, volunteers contributed nearly 90,000 hours of service across the state.

For property-specific information on volunteer opportunities and a wide range of fall programs and special event weekends, see or call the specific property you plan to visit.

For more information on National Public Lands Day or to find a National Public Lands Day event near you, visit

Learn more about the INDOT Cares Initiative at