Raleigh Parks Volunteer Program

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Make a difference in your community by volunteering with Raleigh Parks! Assist with landscaping, coaching, special events, the Adopt-A-Trail program, and other opportunities. There are many ways for individuals, groups, students, and businesses to contribute to our quality programs and facilities.

Upcoming Events

These single-time events help fulfill a program, maintenance, or special event need. By signing up for these, you can directly support Raleigh Parks in building a better community. Pre-registration through CERVIS is required for all volunteers. Group contacts can reach out to Volunteer Services to reserve slots for events that do not have a waitlist. Please include the number of slots to reserve, the event name and, if applicable, which shift(s) you would like to help with. Click on the event names listed below to learn more and to register.

Event Description Date, Time & Age Location

Worthdale & Women That Care Back to School Giveaway

Assist Worthdale Community Center with hosting its annual book bag and school supplies giveaway. 


1:30pm - 4pm

Ages 15+

Worthdale Park
Mud Day Ensure safety at obstacle course stations, assist with crafts, tattoos, fort building, and more.


8:30am - 2pm

Ages 14+

Walnut Creek Wetland Park
Moore Square Market This is a weekly farmer's market event in downtown Raleigh. The market helps bring fresh produce and artisan goods to the downtown community.

8/21 - 10/2/22

Various times

Ages 16+

Moore Square
Durant Trail Maintenance Days Give Durant a hand in graveling and/or mulching to cover large roots and repair the trail tread.

9/3/22 - 1/28/23

9am - 12pm

Ages 14+

Craft Happiness Lake Cleanup Volunteers can walk or paddle to pick up trash throughout the park. Beverages and food will be provided by Foothills Brewing at the end of the event.


9am - 12pm

Ages 10+

Lake Johnson

Horseshoe Farm Invasive Species Removal Days

Use handsaws or loppers to cut and remove invasive plants from designated areas at Horseshoe Farm.

9/17/22 - 1/7/23

9am - 12pm

Ages 14+

Horseshoe Farm

Durant Invasive Species Removal Days

Use handsaws or loppers to cut and remove invasive plants from designated areas at Durant.

9/24/22 - 1/21/23


Ages 14+

Shelter Staining at Roberts Park

Help give Roberts Park a refreshed look with a new coat of stain.

10/5 - 10/13/22

9am - 12pm

Ages 18+

Roberts Park

Horseshoe Farm Bio Retention Maintenance Day

Join staff in weeding and maintaining the bio-retention area at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve.


9am - 12pm

Ages 14+

Horseshoe Farm

Durant "Big Sweep" Trash Pick Up Day

Volunteers will use litter pickup sticks and trash bags to collect trash from the nature preserve as part of the 'Big Sweep' program.


9am - 12pm

Ages 12+



Ongoing Opportunities

These opportunities are year-long commitments. An application and background check are required for each. Individuals/group contacts must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Program Description Conditions Schedule


Contact Volunteer Services for more information

Interested individuals and groups can participate in park cleanups and support the Raleigh Parks System.
  • Sign Agreement
  • Meet at adopted park with staff
  • Submit hours to Volunteer Services
One year minimum with optional renewal. At least 4 cleanups a year.


Find your trail here

Interested individuals and groups can participate in trail cleanups and support the Capital Area Greenway System.
  • Sign Agreement
  • Submit your hours to Volunteer Services
One year minimum with optional renewal. At least 4 cleanups a year.
Moore Square Activation Ambassador Create an activated, vibrant, and welcoming environment at Moore Square by assisting with programs and events.
  • On-site training with staff
  • Coordinate schedule with staff
Volunteer monthly, as scheduled.
Moore Square Historical Guide Volunteers will lead groups on historical tours of Moore Square and will share Raleigh’s history with the public.
  • On-site training with staff
  • Coordinate schedule with staff
Minimum of four hours per month, as scheduled.
City of Raleigh Museum Guide Assist with hands-on education programs for schools. Guides will teach students ranging from kindergarten to middle school on the history of Raleigh.
  • Experience working with children
  • On-site training with staff
  • Coordinate schedule with staff
Weekly volunteer dates each Tuesday - Friday, 10 am – noon.
Clinic Instructors for Learn to Play Pickleball Join local pickleball players, USAPA Pickleball Ambassadors, and Raleigh Parks staff to offer no-cost "Learn to Play" pickleball clinics at various locations.
  • On-site training with staff
  • Coordinate schedule with staff
Volunteer monthly, as scheduled.
Mordecai Docent Volunteer Program Docents will be responsible for giving one-hour park tours that include the historic Mordecai house, outbuildings, and landscape.
  • On-site training with staff
  • Coordinate schedule with staff
Weekly volunteer dates each Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm or Sunday, 1 pm - 4 pm.
Sassafras All Children's Playground   
Park Ambassador
Serve as a park ambassador at the Laurel Hills playground by providing information about the park, keeping the playground trash-free, and reporting to staff.
  • Sign Agreement
  • On-site training with staff
  • Submit hours to Volunteer Services
  • Coordinate schedule with staff
Weekly for a minimum of one hour Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, or Sunday 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

Garden Programs

House surrounded by blooming flowers and green grass

Help Parks staff with maintenance and horticulture needs across a park. In addition to an application and background check, each program requires volunteers to sign an Agreement, attend and on-site orientation with staff, and to submit hours to Volunteer Services. Individuals must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Program About  Schedule
Dorothea Dix Garden Volunteers Dorothea Dix Park is Raleigh’s largest city park. The 308-acre site blends historic architecture and rich landscapes into a unique destination in the heart of Raleigh. Monthly volunteer dates on the Wednesday of every month from 9 am - noon.
Fred Fletcher Garden Volunteers Fred Fletcher Park is a 22-acre public garden. It is the former campus of the Methodist Home for Children and was purchased by the city in 1982. Weekly volunteer dates each Fridays from 8 am - noon.
Joslin Garden Volunteer Joslin Garden has over four acres of rolling hills and gardens overflow with streams, walking trails, and a diverse collection of rare and native plants, arranged in both formal and informal areas. Weekly volunteer dates each Tuesday from 9 am - noon, and Wednesday from noon - 3 pm.
Mordecai Garden Volunteer Mordecai Historic Park lies in the heart of downtown Raleigh and showcases one of the largest plantations in Wake County and is President Andrew Johnson's birthplace. Weekly volunteer dates each Wednesday from 9 am – noon.
Raleigh Rose Garden Volunteer The Raleigh Rose Garden has offered a year-round display of roses, trees, and perennials. The grounds include sixty rose beds with varieties of hybrid teas, miniatures, and antique roses. Bi-weekly participation minimum on volunteer’s own time.


Group Volunteers

A group of park volunteers smiling together

Businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations can contribute time, talent and resources to the department by volunteering for upcoming events or ongoing opportunities. If your group does not find a good match or needs assistance choosing a project, please complete the group volunteer project interest form. Project requests need to be made a minimum of a month in advance to allow staff enough time to coordinate a project. For additional questions, contact Olinda Oliveira.

Scout Projects

Raleigh Parks Volunteer Services offers scouting projects for earning Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards, Eagle Scout Awards, Adventure Scout Awards, Quartermaster Awards and more. Scouts must meet the requirements listed in the Scout Policies and Procedures Handbook to complete a project with the department. Once the requirements, process, and forms have been reviewed, contact Rachel Van Noordt with your request. See the approved project list below.

Project Title Location
Invasive Plant Removals and GIS Mapping Various
Sensitive Area Fencing Construction Durant Nature Preserve
Story Book Trail Station Construction Walnut Creek Wetland Park

*We can plan group projects for individual scouts and groups that are not associated with awards as well.

Invasive Species Program

A young boy picking up invasives during volunteering

The Invasive Species Program provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to have hands-on experiences with managing non-native plant species in Raleigh’s parks and trails. Learn about identifying invasive vegetation, their negative impact on the environment, and how to effectively remove them. For more information, visit the Invasive Species Program webpage.

Court Appointed and Suggested Service

The Court Appointed and Suggested Service volunteer program is currently on hold.

This program provides an opportunity for individuals who need to complete requirements for court appointed volunteer hours and/or volunteer hours suggested by a lawyer or court official. Volunteers in this program can assist at the City of Raleigh greenhouse. This is the only location and opportunity available for this program and is based on staff need. Volunteers with more than 24 hours are unable to volunteer for this opportunity.


These donation programs offer opportunities for community citizens to partner with the City of Raleigh to donate resources for the enhancement of City of Raleigh parkland. Individuals and groups may donate funds for trees and general parkland enhancement projects. All general parkland enhancement donations will be used to fund projects that fit within each park’s Master Plan and Maintenance Plan. For more information about each donation opportunity, please select the links below.

*Bench donations are no longer accepted at Dorothea Dix, Durant, Horseshoe Farm, Lake Johnson, Lake Lynn, Moore Square, Nash Square, Pullen Park, Raleigh Rose Garden, or Shelley Lake.

For additional donation opportunities with Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources, visit the Financial Assistance webpage.

Fletcher Awards

Two people in woods cutting back brush

The Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards Program honors Mr. Fletcher’s 54 years of dedicated service to Raleigh Parks by recognizing citizens, businesses, community organizations, and nonprofit organizations who have made outstanding contributions to programs, services, and facilities offered by Raleigh Parks. Visit the Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards webpage to see award categories, past recipients, and to learn more.



General Questions:

Olinda Oliveira
Volunteer Services Coordinator

Rachel Van Noordt
Volunteer Services Coordinator

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
ParksParks Programs



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