Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Dec. 12, 2017 - 3:46 pm
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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 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

Get started now

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

2018 Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards Nominations

Fred Fletcher Awards Photo

Do you know a dedicated City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department volunteer? We are now taking nomination for our Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards! Since 1996, the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and the Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board have awarded Fred Fletcher Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism in the City of Raleigh parks system to citizens, businesses, community organizations, and non-profits.

The 2018 awards will be presented during a celebration at Fletcher Theatre in Raleigh on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

For nominations to be eligible they must meet the following criteria:

  • A nominee may be nominated in only one category by the same person.
  • Only one nomination per form.
  • All nominations and supporting materials must be postmarked or submitted by 5:00pm on Friday, December 22, 2017.
  • Nominees for a given award category may not have previously received a Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Award. (A list of previous winners is included in the nomination form)
  • Nominee must be an active Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer during the past year.
More information about the awards and selection criteria can be found in the linked nomination form.
2018 Fred Fletcher Awards Nomination Form

Upcoming Events

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

Holiday ExpressDec. 7 - 10
Dec. 12 - 17
3 p.m. - 9 p.m.Pullen Amusements Register Now
Forest Ridge Work DayDec. 141 p.m. - 4 p.m.Forest Ridge ParkRegister Now
Snacks With SantaDec. 168:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.Chavis Community CenterRegister Now
Invasive Plant Species
Dec. 169 a.m. - 12 p.m.Fallon Park Register Now
ICSA Swim Meet Dec. 161 p.m. - 4 p.m. Pullen Pool Register Now
Invasive Plant Removal
Jan. 139 a.m. - 12 p.m.Horseshoe Farm Nature
Register Now
Invasive Plant Species
Jan. 20, 20189 a.m - 12 p.m.Durant Nature PreserveRegister Now
Invasive Plant RemovalJan. 20 9 a.m - 12 p.m.Anderson Point ParkRegister Now
Mulching Jan. 259 a.m - 12 p.m.City Cemetery Register Now
Feb. 39 a.m - 12 p.m.Worthdale ParkRegister Now

Park Ongoing Opportunities

A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all park ongoing opportunities.

Garden and Trail VolunteerAnnie Wilkerson Nature
Register Now
Sassafras All Children's Playground
Park Ambassador
Laurel Hills ParkRegister Now
Cemetery Volunteer ProgramO'Rorke-Catholic Cemetery
City Cemetery
Mt. Hope Cemetery
Register Now
Garden VolunteerAnderson PointRegister Now
Docent Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Garden Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Fletcher Park VolunteerFred Fletcher ParkRegister Now

Group Volunteers

Group Volunteers at Lake Johnson Park

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.

Eagle Scout Projects

Eagle Scout with completed informational kiosk project

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:

  • Boy Scout must be a Life Scout and actively involved in his troop;
  • Be a Life Scout and actively involved in your troop;
  • 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; and,
  • Secure all funding to cover costs for all project materials and supplies.

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

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 benches, 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 Ashley Deans, resource development manager, or visit the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Volunteer Webpage.

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

Historical Resources and Museum Program

City of Raleigh Museum volunteers

The Historic Resources and Museums Program heavily relies on volunteers to assist with maintaining our historic sites and promoting the history of the City of Raleigh. Individuals and groups contribute their time and talents to assist with research projects, new museum exhibits, special events, guided tours, maintaining gardens, and much more!

To become a volunteer and make an impact, visit the Historic Resources and Museums Program Volunteer Webpage.

Youth Athletic Coaches

You're invited to make a positive impact in a child's life! Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources utilizes individuals to serve as volunteer head coaches and assistant coaches for all youth athletic leagues. To volunteer, you must complete a coaching application and background form. Check out our upcoming leagues and register today to coach. For more information, visit the Athletics Program Webpage.

Coaching OpportunityLocation
Mitey Mite Girls (ages 9-10)
Basketball Coach
Millbrook Park
Abbotts Creek
Register Now
Little League Girls (ages 11-12)
Basketball Coach
Chavis Park
Laurel Hills Park
Register Now
Junior League Girls (ages 13-17)
Basketball Coach
Lake LynnRegister Now

The Cultural Outreach and Enrichment (COE) Program Volunteer Opportunities

Make a Difference in the Community with the COE Program

The COE Program offers a variety of ways for people to volunteer. Opportunities are flexible, with options for one-time and ongoing volunteers. There are opportunities such as ESL Instructors as well as general volunteer opportunities such as special events.

For more information visit the COE Website or email:

Invasive Species Program

Volunteers at an invasive species event

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.

Learn more about Invasive Species


Playground Volunteers

The 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 Ashley Deans.

List of Playgrounds


Greenway Trail

The Adopt-A-Trail program provides a volunteer opportunity for interested individuals, businesses and groups to participate in trail cleanup and support the Capital Area Greenway System. The citizen volunteer agrees to maintain the greenway trail quarterly for at least one year. The citizen volunteer 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. Trail segment adoptions are limited to one per citizen volunteer or volunteer group and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Find your trail now

Adopt A Park

Adopt-A-Park online map

The Adopt-A-Park program provides a volunteer opportunity for interested individuals, businesses, and groups to participate in park maintenance projects and support the Raleigh Parks System.

The citizen volunteer or group agrees to participate in a volunteer project at the designated park 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.

Volunteers can adopt any available park by viewing our interactive map.

Find your park now

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