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I like to camp in state parks around the state because #1-I feel safer, #2-All the campsite work has been done for me, #3-They have great programs and this helps to keep the kids entertained and they learn things. As we get older and our kids have grown up and go out on their own camping with their own families, the wife and I still enjoy camping on state owned property even more. We have even volunteered to help with programs they put on like Dutch oven cooking and helping to serve breakfast for the opening day hunters.

There are a lot of older generation campers out there looking for camping adventures so here’s an opportunity to camp and serve at the same time. They are asking for volunteers for: National Volunteer Week, April 10-16. It’s a great time to catch the giving-back fever. Chances are there is a fun way to donate your interests, time and talents to benefit our natural resources. The DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs provides numerous types of opportunities. These include greeting interpretive center visitors, serving as a campground host, demonstrating a craft or skill, assisting with special events, maintaining trails, and monitoring bluebird boxes. Helping control invasive plants such as garlic mustard is another possibility.

If you don’t like working outdoors but still want to help natural resources, many DNR properties need assistance entering computer data, which helps free up those whose specialties call them outdoors. If you have some free time and a willingness to work, chances are the DNR can use your skills and services.
“Volunteering can help you get to know other property visitors and staff,” said Jody Heaston, volunteer coordinator for State Parks & Reservoirs. “Volunteering also gives you a great sense of accomplishment.

You know you are helping manage and conserve our natural and cultural resources.”

A brochure describing volunteer opportunities is at To download a volunteer application form, go to and click on “How You Can Help” under “Stewardship Links.”

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Ray McCune

He has lived in Waynedale for over 45 years. He has taken to his lifelong dream of being a full time Outdoor Freelance Writer and author. Ray has authored one book and has written Kampfire Kookin' as well as other outdoors articles for the newspaper. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer