Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program
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.
Pre-registration is required of ALL volunteers to ensure enough tools and supplies are available for park projects and special events.
|Park Clean-Up||May 18||9 a.m. - 11 a.m.||Forest Ridge|
|Mud Day 2018||May 19||9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.|
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
|May 19||9 a.m - 12 p.m.||Horseshoe Farm |
|National Trail Day|
|June 2||9 a.m - 12 p.m.||Durant Nature |
|Pop-Pupalooza||June 23||11:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.|
2:45 p.m. - 6:30 p. m.
|ICSA Swim Meet||June 26||4:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Optimist Pool||Register Now|
|ICSA Swim Meet||June 28||4:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Longview Pool||Register Now|
|ICSA Swim Meet||July 5||4:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Lake Johnson |
|ICSA Swim Meet||July 10||4:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Biltmore Pool||Register Now|
|ICSA Swim Meet||July 12||4:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Ridge Road Pool||Register Now|
|ICSA Swim Meet||July 17||4:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Millbrook Pool||Register Now|
|ICSA Swim Meet||July 19||4:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Longview Pool||Register Now|
|ICSA Swim Meet||July 28||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Optimist Pool||Register Now|
|Sept. 15 thru|
|9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.||Abbotts Creek|
Park Ongoing Opportunities
A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all park ongoing opportunities.
|Garden and Trail Volunteer||Annie Wilkerson Nature|
|Sassafras All Children's Playground|
|Laurel Hills Park||Register Now|
|Cemetery Volunteer Program||O'Rorke-Catholic Cemetery|
Mt. Hope Cemetery
|Garden Volunteer||Anderson Point||Register Now|
|Docent Volunteer Program||Mordecai Historic Park||Register Now|
|Garden Volunteer Program||Mordecai Historic Park||Register Now|
|Fletcher Park Volunteer||Fred Fletcher Park||Register Now|
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:
- 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.
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:
- You must be a registered Girls Scout and activly 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
- Must agree to dedicate a minimum of 6 months and follow the PRCR Girl Scout Award Project Checklist for the successful completion of her Girl Scout Award Project
- Meet all of the NC Coastal Pines requirements for Girl Scout Award Projects as listed in the “NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards Guidelines”
- Secure all funding to cover costs for all project materials and supplies
- Must choose an approved project
Digital Inclusion Teacher Assistants
Volunteer Duties: Volunteers are needed to assist with the following tasks: event set-up/break-down, keeping attendance, helping students understand what they are learning in the classroom, moving classroom materials from one location to another, and taking photos at the event. If needed and if the volunteer desires may include: Training to become a lead volunteer teacher and curriculum creator.
Volunteers will need to fill out a volunteer application and pass a background check prior to starting in a classroom.
For More Information contact:
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
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.
|Youth Baseball Coaches||Multiple||Register Now|
|Mitey Mite Girls (ages 9-10) |
|Little League Girls (ages 11-12)|
Laurel Hills Park
|Junior League Girls (ages 13-17)|
|Lake Lynn||Register 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.Learn more about Invasive Species
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
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
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