Hendricks County Parks & Recreation is seeking high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to serve on the Active Council on Recreation Needs (ACORN) for the 2020-21 school year.


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, they 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 2020-21 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 2020-21 ACORN program is open to all area residents who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in public schools, private schools, or homeschool programs.


Tentative meeting dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
  • Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021

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 apply online by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can complete the one-page application and Waiver & Release Agreement and submit them by email to Assistant Park Naturalist Joe Lembo at or by mail to Hendricks County Parks & Recreation at P.O. Box 463, Danville, IN 46122.

The deadline for applying is September 20, 2020.

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