Conner Prairie Seeking Youth Volunteers Ages 10-18

Conner Prairie is looking for enthusiastic youth to join its youth volunteer program for the 2020 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.

  • Playing historical games and leading hands-on activities in modern-day uniform or costume
  • Portraying a fictional character from the year 1816, 1836, or 1863
  • Working behind the scenes
  • Assisting in special events
  • Helping care for our heritage animal breeds

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, typically with hundreds of youth competing for just 100 spots. Conner Prairie’s Youth Volunteer Program is provided without any participation fee. However, like most youth activities, you the participant do have some expenses, such as travel and historic costuming. We want Conner Prairie’s Youth Program to be affordable to all. Thanks to a grant from Carmax and Bank of America, Conner Prairie is able to provide needs-based youth scholarships up to $500 for travel or costuming. If interested, complete and return a Historic Clothing and Travel Scholarship Application form by January 6.

Applications for 2020 youth volunteers can be found online in the support/volunteer section of All applications are due January 6th. Anyone with questions about the program can contact Morin at (317) 776-6000, Ext. 259, or

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