Conner Prairie to hold volunteer fair Feb. 24; weekday, evening, weekend shifts available throughout 2017


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017/Conner Prairie) Conner Prairie is seeking the help of engaging and energetic volunteers throughout 2017 and will hold a volunteer fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 24 at the museum, located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers.

    Various museum departments will have staff and volunteer representatives available to discuss volunteer opportunities, which include positions involving special events, gardening, membership recruitment, food and beverage service, sales inside the Conner Prairie Store and more.

    “Our volunteers are the heart of our organization,” said volunteer and intern manager Jody Thomas. “They serve in many roles throughout our grounds and many times are the first people to engage our visitors.”

    Last year, 41 new people became Conner Prairie volunteers; in all, 375 adult volunteers recorded more than 100 hours each and together, volunteers gave 21,658 hours of their time.

    “Our volunteers helped us in ways that would have required the work of 11 full-time staff members at a cost of nearly $500,000,” Thomas said. “The time, talents, energy and level of commitment that our volunteers give Conner Prairie helps us immensely and enriches our visitors’ daily experience.”

    Weekday, evening and weekend shifts are available throughout the year. Benefits include receiving discounts in the Conner Prairie Store and Café on the Common, opportunities to earn free admission passes and memberships and invitations to special events.

    Volunteers can sign up online. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Conner Prairie this year, contact Thomas at (317) 776-6000, Ext. 264, or by email at jthomas@connerprairie.org.

    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.