Volunteers Crucial to Helping Conner Prairie Provide Unmatched Visitor Experiences


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

    FISHERS, Ind. (Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015/Conner Prairie) – Sandie Horner can be found at Conner Prairie almost every day. She helps teach visitors how to identify trees along the Nature Walk and how to make candles. She helps maintain gardens, greets guests, signs up new members and more.

    For 15 years, she has given her time to help stage many of the park’s most notable community events, including Headless Horseman, Follow the North Star and Conner Prairie by Candlelight. History and tradition are very important to the Noblesville resident and are what first drew her to volunteer at Conner Prairie.

    “I feel a connection with my family through Conner Prairie,” Horner said. “I grew up in a house just like the Conner House and I remember how we used to get the quilting loom out and work on quilts.”

    Last year, Horner and 380 others gave a total of 18,797 hours and provided a combined $374,940 in savings by giving their time and talents as Conner Prairie volunteers.

    Now, inside the park’s Welcome Center, and after Conner Prairie’s historic grounds open March 26, a variety of volunteer opportunities are available for those 18 years and older. Conner Prairie is seeking volunteers to help inside the Conner Prairie Store, greet group tours, assist in membership sales, help with school programs and host school tours, among many other daily positions.

    Conner Prairie is also accepting volunteers for upcoming special events, including the school Follow the North Star program from March 10-April 19, the public Follow the North Star program from April 17-25, Shear Fun! on April 25-26, Civil War Days for schools May 14-15 and for the public May 16-17.

    Most volunteer time commitments are flexible. Volunteers receive discounts in the Conner Prairie Store and at Café on the Commons, earn free general admission passes and receive free admission to special events and programs. There are special meetings and social events just for volunteers and opportunities to meet people with similar interests and have fun together.

    To become a Conner Prairie volunteer, either sign up online at connerprairie.org or contact Volunteer and Intern Manager Jody Thomas at (317) 776-6000, Ext. 264, or jthomas@connerprairie.org.
    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park located in Fishers, Ind., welcomes more than 340,000 guests of all ages annually. Five outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces combine history with science, technology, engineering and math and offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its 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 experiencing. 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 only 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 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.