Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program


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Join Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department's Volunteer Program. You are invited to make a difference in your community by volunteering for a park project, athletic team, special event or Adopt-A-Park program. There are many opportunities for individuals, groups, students, and businesses to contribute to our quality programs and facilities.

Upcoming Events

Pre-registration is required of ALL volunteers to ensure enough tools and supplies are available for park projects and special events.

Event Date Time Location Registration
City of Raleigh Museum Guide Dec. - May 10 a.m. - Noon City of Raleigh Museum Register Now
Invasive Species Removal Days

Dec. 7 and

Jan. 18

1 - 4 p.m. Durant Nature Preserve Register Now
Holiday Express Dec. 4 - 16 3:30 - 9 p.m. Pullen Park Register Now
Invasive Plant Removal Dec. 5 9 a.m. - Noon Shelley Lake Register Now
Wood Chips for Playground Dec. 7 9 a.m. - Noon Carolina Pines Park Register Now
ICSA Swim Meet Dec. 14 1 - 4 p.m. Pullen Aquatic Center Register Now
Bamboo and Invasive Species Removal Day Dec. 14 9 a.m. - Noon Horseshoe Farms Nature Preserve Register Now
Bamboo and Invasive Species Removal Day Jan. 4 1 - 4 p.m. Horseshoe Farms Nature Preserve Register Now
Greenway Cleanups

Jan. 7 and

Jan. 14

9 a.m. - Noon Neuse River Trail Register Now
Invasive Plant Removal Feb. 1 9 a.m. - Noon Anderson Point Register Now

 

Ongoing Opportunities

Ongoing opportunities are year-long commitments. A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all park ongoing opportunities.

Opportunity Location  
Activation Ambassador Moore Square Register Now
Docent Volunteer Program Mordecai Historic Park Register Now
Fletcher Park Volunteer Fred Fletcher Park Register Now
Garden Volunteer Program Mordecai Historic Park Register Now
Moore Square Historical Guide Moore Square Register Now
Sassafras All Children's Playground
Park Ambassador
Laurel Hills Park Register Now
Sensory-Friendly Saturdays Sertoma Arts Center at
Laurel Hills Park
Register Now

 

Group Volunteers

Businesses, schools, churches, and organizations have the opportunity to contribute time, talent and resources to City parks. To set up a volunteer event unique for your group, complete the group volunteer project interest form. For more information on coordinating a group volunteer project, please contact Rachel Van Noordt

Invasive Species Program

The Invasive Species Program provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to assist with the management of invasive species in our City parks and greenway trails. Through the use of volunteers and staff, volunteer projects will be scheduled to help maintain the invasive species issue. Volunteers will assist with the manual removal of invasives and tracking of invasive species in our parks and greenways. For more information, contact Leigh Bragassa.
Learn more about Invasive Species

Adopt-A-Park

Adopt-A-Park program provides volunteer opportunities for interested individuals, businesses, and groups to participate in park maintenance projects and support the Raleigh Parks System. Citizen volunteers or groups agree to participate in a volunteer project at the designated park or open space quarterly for at least one year. Volunteers or groups of volunteers are asked to sign an Adopt-A-Park agreement. This agreement is renewed on a yearly basis. Volunteers can adopt any available park by viewing our interactive map. Find your park now

Adopt-A-Playground program allows citizen volunteers and groups to help keep our playgrounds safe and clean. Volunteer responsibilities include: visually inspecting and wiping down equipment, picking up litter, and raking sand/woodchips. Volunteers are asked to complete an Adopt-A-Playground agreement and participate in volunteer activities once a month for a year. To join the Adopt-A-Playground program, contact Volunteer Programs.
List of Playgrounds

Adopt-A-Trail

The Adopt-A-Trail program provides volunteer opportunities for interested individuals, businesses and groups to participate in trail cleanup and support the Capital Area Greenway System. Citizen volunteers agree to maintain the greenway trail quarterly for at least one year. Volunteers must sign an Adopt-A-Trail Agreement and submit quarterly reports to Parks staff. Volunteers can adopt any available trail segment by viewing our interactive map. Find your trail now

Scout Projects

Girl Scout Projects
The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers projects for Girl Scouts interested in achieving their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award. Projects are identified by staff in order to provide an opportunity that will make the biggest impact in our parks or greenway trails.

You must meet the following requirements to complete a project with our department:

  • Be able to serve as the lead role and effectively communicate with Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources staff
  • Have a minimum of six months before your 18th birthday
  • Must agree to dedicate a minimum of six months and follow the PRCR Girl Scout Award Project Checklist for the successful completion of her Girl Scout Award Project
  • Secure all funding to cover costs for all project materials and supplies
  • Must choose an approved project

For more information, contact Mary Owens.

Eagle Scout Projects
In partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council, the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers projects for Boy Scouts interested in achieving Eagle Scout rank. Projects are identified by staff in order to provide an opportunity that will make the biggest impact in our parks or greenway trails.

You must meet the following requirements to complete a project with our department:

  • Have a minimum of six months before your 18th birthday 
  • Secure all funding to cover costs for all project materials and supplies
  • Boy Scout must be a Life Scout and actively involved in his troop
  • Be able to serve as the lead role and effectively communicate with Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources staff

To get started, view the Eagle Scout Policies and Procedures Handbook for additional details on project requirements, process, and forms.
For more information, contact Mary Owens.

Adventure Scout Projects
For more information, contact Mary Owens.

Court Appointed Community Service Volunteer Program

The community service volunteer 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.

To participate in this volunteer program, please complete the following:

Parks Donation Programs

Parks 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 are able to donate funds for trees and general parkland enhancement projects. All general parkland enhancement donations will be used to fund projects that fit within the parkland’s Master Plan and Maintenance Plan. For more information on each donation opportunity, please select the links below.

Questions about donating to City of Raleigh Parks and Greenway Trails? Please contact Volunteer Programs.

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

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