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.
Third Annual It's My Park and Trail Day
Join us on Saturday, April 29, to celebrate National Volunteer Week by participating in our third annual It’s My Park and Trail Day. We will be hosting park clean up projects at participating parks across Raleigh.
Volunteers are invited to clean up any City of Raleigh Park or greenway trail. If interested in cleaning up a site not listed at the link below, please contact Ashley Deans to coordinate a non-supervised park or trail clean-up.
Volunteers will need to register and fill out a release form before participating.
Pre-registration is required of ALL volunteers to ensure enough tools and supplies are available for park projects and special events.
|Senior Games Tennis||April 28||11:15am-5:30pm||Raleigh Racquet Club||Register Now|
|Senior Games |
|April 26||8:30am-2:30pm||Thomas Brooks Park-Cary NC||Register Now|
|Senior Games 3-3 |
|April 28||3pm-8pm||Apex Community|
Center - Apex NC
|Senior Games |
|April 29||9:30am-5pm||TBD||Register Now|
|April 29||9:15a.m - 2 p.m.||Buffaloe Road |
|Annual Planting||May 2||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Nash Square||Register Now|
|Special Olympics Day 4||May 4||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Cary Academy||Register Now|
|Annual Planting||May 5||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Chavis Park||Register Now|
|Letterland||May 6||9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.|
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
|May 6||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Dorothea Dix Park||Register Now|
|Mud Day||June 3||9:30am-2:30pm||Walnut Creek |
Park Ongoing Opportunities
A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all park ongoing opportunities.
|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 6 months before your 18th birthday
- Secure all funding to cover costs for all project materials and supplies
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 Coach Bronco|
League District 1 - 4
|Baileywick Road Park|
Buffaloe Road Park
Jaycee Community Center
Carolina Pines Park
|Youth Baseball Coach Mustang |
League District 1-4
Buffaloe Road Park
Laurel Hills Park
Biltmore Hills Park
|Youth Baseball Coach Pinto|
League District 1-4
|Millbrook Exchange Park|
Method Road Park
Sanderford Road Park
|Youth T-Ball League Coach||Brier Creek Park|
Marsh Creek Park
|Youth Baseball Colt League|
|Optimist Park||Register Now|
|Youth Baseball Pony League|
|Laurel Hills Park|
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