The Wabash and Erie Canal - Volunteering | Delphi, Indiana

Volunteering

Become a Volunteer!

Canal Park would not exist without the countless hours and hard work of dedicated volunteers. Whether you enjoy working with your hands or sharing stories with park guests, there are volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule.

the wabash and erie canal is a member of the american association for state and local history
VOTED BEST NEW VOLUNTEER DRIVEN MUSEUM IN THE UNITED STATES
in 2005 by the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) after our dynamic interactive museum was created.

Canal Park would not exist without the countless hours and hard work of dedicated volunteers. Whether you enjoy working with your hands or sharing stories with park guests, there are volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule.

the wabasha and erie canal in delphi in is a proud member of the aaslhVOTED BEST NEW VOLUNTEER DRIVEN MUSEUM IN THE UNITED STATES in 2005 by the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) after our dynamic interactive museum was created.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Canal Park

Wabash & Erie Canal Park continues to grow by regularly adding new attractions in the Park, including buildings of the Canal era. A group of volunteers that enjoy the work of restoring, reproducing and maintaining those historic structures which were built a hundred plus years ago are beginning the spring season with new enthusiasm. Additional workers are always welcome.  

  • Canal Boat

    Want to ride on a Canal Boat? Volunteer and become part of the crew or narrate on The Delphi on weekends, events and for our School and Group Tours. Choose your own schedule.

  • Historic Docents/Interpreters

    Docents and Interpreters staff our historic buildings weekends and during events. Greet our visitors, give tours through our Canal Museum or historic Case House. Many opportunities.

  • Building Maintenance

    Various tasks available to keep our buildings in shape, including painting, minor repairs and more. You can work with our Monday, Wednesday, Friday crew on all kinds of projects.

  • Housekeeping

    During the year, Village buildings need cleaning care. Volunteers make sure we are ready for our visitors. Help a little or a lot as your schedule allows. 

  • Clerical/Office

    Like to volunteer to help with mailings, labeling and more? Many options, the tasks are typically at the Interpretive Center.

  • Trades & Crafts

    killed craftsmen and women can volunteer with our current trades people. Cooper, Paper Maker, Broom Maker, School Teacher, Blacksmith, Carpenter and more. Weekends and during events.

  • Trails & Grounds

    Volunteers assist in maintaining our trails and park grounds. Working with our trails group, outside.

  • Historic Gardens

    Volunteer with our landscapers to care for our historic gardens. Select one garden or be part of a team to give general care to our plants with fellow gardeners.

  • School & Group Tours

    Enjoy meeting our many tour visitors? Help guide our visitors, volunteer in a village building or lead a group through the museum. We can train you for the area you are interested in.

  • Events & Festivals

    Volunteers are needed to assist during events and festivals. Helping as docents, floaters, lead activities, work with kids’ crafts and other jobs during events. Lots of variety available.

  • Retail

    Volunteers assist in the Interpretive Center Gift Shop, ring up sales for Canal Boat rides, Canal Museum or Case House tours. Options can include helping in the Pioneer Village shops during events.

  • Musicians

    Volunteers are invited to play for our events. If you like to play an instrument, contact us for opportunities. Outside, in the Pioneer Village and in the Interpretive Center.

  • Museum /Archives

    Volunteers work with our group on a variety of tasks, researching, cleaning, categorizing items. Options include creating exhibits including development and construction for our Canal Museum.

  • Apple Dumplings

    Volunteer with our bakers to create our famous apple dumplings. A seasonal position, lots of fun in the kitchen.

  • Special Projects

    Like to work with computers, website maintenance, Facebook? Make signs? Sew historic clothing? Photography, Public Relations or other skill? Let us know your special talent.

Become a Volunteer Today!

To volunteer at the Canal, stop by the Reception Desk at the Canal Center Lobby and complete a
volunteer questionnaire.  You can also send an email to: info@canalcenter.org, and let us know how you
would like to volunteer.

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See the Interactive Map!

Get a closer look at Canal Park with our Interactive Map!

Group Tours

Group Tours

Reserve a time to bring your group, friends, or family down to the canal for learning and fun!
School Tours

School Tours

Make a reservation to bring your class to the canal for a fun and enriching experience.

COVID Announcement

COVID Announcement

Please read the announcement from the Canal Association’s Board.

Trails

Trails

Our beautiful and historic trails are OPEN! Learn more about the trails and get some fresh air.

Education

Education

It’s as important as it is a pleasure to learn about those who have come before us and all the brave and impressive things they did which led up to the modern world we live in today. Learn more from the Learning Center on our site, starting with Canal History.

Things to Do

Things to Do

Come one, come all! Whether you have a school group, an event that needs hosting, or you plan on making a day trip, there’s no shortage of fun activities, period architecture, and educational displays to keep you engaged and inspired during your time here.

Weddings & Events

Weddings & Events

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable and magical days of your life. Bring your family and your friends, and we’ll supply the atmosphere to make your big day one to remember with memories and photos full of old-world charm. Contact us to reserve the Chapel and Canal Boat.

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