Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Sep. 11, 2014 - 8:49 am
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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. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit our new online Volunteer Registration which makes it easy to find the right opportunity for you! To register as a volunteer:

1. Create a Volunteer Profile
2. Select Areas of Interest
3. Register for Upcoming Events or Ongoing Projects
4. Receive confirmation email

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*At this time, there are no volunteer opportunities for court appointed community service hours.

Tree Stewards Program

Tree Stewards logo

The NeighborWoods Tree Planting Program provides an opportunity for Raleigh citizens to care for street trees in our neighborhoods. With 14,500 trees planted and counting, the program is offering a fun, educational volunteer opportunity for interested individuals to become Tree Stewards in order to maintain and care for young trees.

As a Tree Steward, you will receive training that includes tree identification, common pests/injuries to trees, the proper techniques to care and maintain new trees and much more. To participate, you must be at least 18 years of age and maintain your adopted tree area once a quarter for at least one year.

Trainings will be held on November 8 or January 10 from 9am-11am or 1pm-3pm. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact Leigh Bragassa, Tree Planting Coordinator.

Sign up to be a Tree Steward now

Upcoming Events

EventDate Time Location
Walnut Creek Big
Sat. 9/209am-12pmWalnut Creek
Wetland Center
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Fall Back in TimeSat. 9/2010:30am-1pm
Mordecai Historic
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Community Art
Day Festival
Sat. 9/278am-3pmPowell Drive ParkRegister Now
Festival in MotionSat. 9/279:30am-12pm
Walnut Creek
Wetland Center
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Fall FestivalThur. 10/164pm-9pmJohn Chavis
Memorial Park
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Pumpkin FestFri. 10/175:30pm-9pmBarwell Road
Community Center
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Boo BashFri. 10/245pm-9pmLake Lynn
Community Center
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Haunted Mordecai
Sat. 10/2511:30am-2pm
Mordecai Historic
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Halloween DanceSat. 10/255:30pm-10pmGreen Road
Community Center
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Twick or TweatMon. 10/275pm-8pmLaurel Hills
Community Center
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Fri. 10/314:30pm-8pmPeach Road
Neighborhood Park
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Coaching and Ongoing Opportunities

Cemetery Watch ProgramCity Cemetery
Mt. Hope Cemetery
O'Rorke-Catholic Cemetery
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Youth Football Chain Crew

Lions Park
Buffaloe Road Athletic Park

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Youth Cheerleading Coach
Biltmore Hills
Green Road
Laurel Hills
Millbrook Exchange
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Youth Fast Pitch Softball CoachBuffaloe Road Athletic Park
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Youth Baseball CoachBuffaloe Road Athletic ParkRegister Now

Group Volunteers

Volunteer Organizations

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 and return to Ashley Deans.

Adopt A Park

Fallon Park Volunteers

The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Adopt-A-Park Program is always looking for new volunteers and groups to enhance city parks and trails.

The citizen volunteer or group agrees to maintain the designated park, trail or open space quarterly for at least one year. The volunteer or group of volunteers is asked to sign an Adopt-A-Park agreement. This agreement is renewed on a yearly basis.

Adopt-A-Park List of Available and Adopted Parks

Greenway Volunteer Program

Greenway Volunteer

The Greenway Volunteer Program is designed to engage current Greenway users to help be the eyes and ears for the Raleigh Police and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Departments.

Greenway volunteers generally patrol Greenways a minimum of eight hours a month and do not need to act as a volunteer every time they use a Greenway. Greenway volunteers have basic knowledge of the Greenway system, including its rules and regulations,and they are also able to recognize unsafe conditions on the Greenway.

For more information, contact Bruce Embry, Raleigh Police Department Volunteer Coordinator at 919-996-1118 or e-mail

Greenway Volunteer Program Brochure

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