Active Council on Recreation Needs (ACORN)

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation is seeking high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to serve on the Active Council on Recreation Needs (ACORN) for the 2019-20 school year.

Deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.



ACORN members will learn about careers in the field of Parks & Recreation through monthly hands-on experiences with Hendricks County Parks & Recreation staff. The maintenance crew, naturalist staff, and office staff will guide members through each of these three divisions and their functions to keep McCloud Nature Park, the Vandalia Trail, and the future W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park looking good and moving forward.

Additionally, members of ACORN will advise, discuss, and help park staff implement recreation programming that is beneficial and interesting to teens. ACORN members will also spearhead, with park staff’s guidance, the development, implementation, and execution of a day-long Indiana outdoor adventure – the Junior Environmental Excursion Program (JEEP).

ACORN members will pay $50 for dues for the 2019-20 school year. ACORN t-shirts will be provided, as well as lunch at every meeting date, and a certificate of completion at the end of the program that will look great on college applications and other future endeavors!


The 2019-20 ACORN program is open to all area residents who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in public schools, private schools, or homeschool programs.


Funding for the 2019-20 ACORN Program provided by a grant from the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County

Tentative meeting dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
  • Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Saturday, April 18, 2020

All meetings will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.


The December and January meetings will be held at the Hendricks County Parks & Recreation main office, located at 955 E. Main Street in Danville. All other meetings will take place at McCloud Nature Park, located at 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem.


Please complete the one-page application and Waiver & Release Agreement (link below), and submit them by email to Assistant Park Naturalist Joe Lembo at or by mail to:

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 463, Danville, IN 46122

no later than September 20, 2019 September 27, 2019.

Feel free to contact Joe Lembo at (765) 676-5437 or by email with any questions.

2019-20 ACORN Application