One state agency will acknowledge the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday as a day of service.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will honor King’s legacy by providing ways for people to donate their time in the great outdoors. Jody Heaston is the volunteer coordinator for Indiana State Parks. She said people giving their time and serving the community in one of their state parks is a great way to contribute to the environment.
“We know that DNR has several DNR properties in the community and we just hope people choose to come out to our properties to give that service and provide their volunteer to us,” Heaston said. “And again, it's just a great way to get out in nature to reflect on Martin Luther King's legacy.”
All ages are welcome and there will be various ways to participate. Anyone can volunteer; we encourage families with their kids to come out. On that day, it's mostly going to be self-guided volunteer opportunities. So, we always welcome people to come out, bring a trash bag, walk our trails, walk around our waterways, the lakes, the rivers, pick up any trash that you see,” Heaston says.
More information about the opportunities available on Monday can be found on the DNR website.