Youth Volunteer Program at Conner Prairie during 2016 season

Conner Prairie is looking for enthusiastic youth to join its youth volunteer program for the 2016 season.

Conner Prairie’s youth volunteer program teaches youth ages 10-18 history and skills in a hands-on, immersive and fun environment. Youth volunteer in both historic costumes and modern clothes in areas of the museum’s historic grounds including Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, Animal Encounters, Civil War Journey, its textiles department and more. Youth also volunteer at special events that Conner Prairie stages throughout the year.

Youth volunteers enjoy learning about history and science, leading people and activities, public speaking and hard work. Youth are required to volunteer for one full year and achieve a minimum of 120 hours.

“Learning is the primary focus of Conner Prairie’s youth volunteer program,” said Conner Prairie Youth Experience Manager Sarah Morin. “We aim to give talented young people the opportunity to grow through our enriching environment. Our youth volunteers play historical games with visitors, lead hands-on activities, portray fictional characters from the early- to mid-1800s, help behind the scenes and at special events and help care for our heritage breed livestock.”

The application process is a competitive one, with hundreds of youth competing for just 100 spots.

Applications for 2016 youth volunteers can be found online in the support/volunteer section of All applications are due Jan. 8. Anyone with questions about the program can contact Morin at (317) 776-6000, Ext. 259, or [email protected].

Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s only 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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