Volunteer and help keep Eagle Creek Park running smoothly.

Eagle Creek Park looks for individuals and businesses to offer us support by volunteering their time and expertise, which plays an essential role in Eagle Creek Park’s overall success and service to the public. As patrons visit the park, we want to provide them with unsurpassed customer service and an opportunity to create a memorable experience.

Park naturalists can especially use volunteers who are willing to be trained in helping with structured hikes for school groups and the public, assist with programs or as docents in the center’s exhibit rooms, and help to cover our front desks/phones.

We’d like to thank our 200+ current volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication to our park. They selflessly volunteer almost 900 hours per month on average. In 2015, individual volunteers and groups contributed over 13,000 hours at our park!

Foundation Volunteer Opportunities

Fishing Derby

Flyer and goody bag distribution, registration, set-up & tear-down, food & beverage, parking, fishing gear distribution, grilling, fishing guidance, EMT stand-by.

Art shows

Set up, food prep, greeting, clean-up.

Iron Eagle Paddle & Run

Water aid stations, road crossings, medal distribution, registration, t-shirt distribution, boat management, after party.

How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age. If you are between the ages of 13-16, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while volunteering at the park. Parents and guardians must also fill out a volunteer application. Adults must pass a background check before volunteering, which usually takes 2 weeks to process.

The need for volunteers may vary throughout the year. For more information on volunteer opportunities and how to apply to become a volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator Anne Cecere. Her office hours are typically Monday–Thursday but may vary due to special events/activities.

Eagle Creek Park Admin. Office
7840 W. 56th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46254

Park Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Care
Feeding, changing water, cleaning tanks/enclosures, turtle care, etc.

Bird feeders
Filling, cleaning, transporting bird seed.

Bulletin Boards/Kiosks/Displays
Design or update existing displays, collect information for posting, etc.

Coffee Talks
Set up, food prep, clean-up, give presentations.

Docent Earth Discovery Center/Ornithology Center
Engage and interact with visitors in exhibit areas.


Indoor/Outdoor Maintenance:
Assist with projects, cleaning, painting, repair, etc.

Invasive Plant Control
See details below!

Write articles.

Public/School/Scout Programs at Earth Discovery Center/Ornithology Center
Give or assist with presentations and lead or assist “bird dog” on hikes.

Volunteer Training

Welcome Desk at the Earth Discovery Center/Ornithology Center/Park Office
Answer phones, greet visitors.

Did you know invasive species contribute to the 42% decline of endangered and threatened species in the U.S.?

Preserve & Protect: Join the Invasive Species Strike Team!

You can help control and eradicate invasive plant species in the park by joining the Eagle Creek Park Invasive Species Strike team, the only group of its kind that exists in the Indy Parks system. The team is made up of volunteers and led by ecologists from the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and Land Stewardship.