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Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Nov. 19, 2019 - 10:24 am
  • Volunteer Art
  • Volunteer Athletics
  • Volunteer Greenway Clean up
  • Volunteer Playground
  • Volunteer Planting

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

Upcoming Events

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

EventDateTimeLocation
City of Raleigh Museum GuideNov. - May10 a.m. - noonCity of Raleigh MuseumRegister Now
Perennial Planting at TarboroNov. 209 a.m. - noonTarboro Road ParkRegister Now
Planting Bulbs at NashNov. 229 a.m. - noonNash SquareRegister Now
Invasive Species Removal DaysNov. 23
Dec. 7
Jan. 18
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Durant Nature PreserveRegister Now
Invasive Plant Removal at Anderson PointDec. 3
Dec. 5
Feb. 1
9 a.m. - noonAnderson PointRegister Now
Rocky Branch Trail CleanupDec. 49 a.m. - noonRocky Branch TrailRegister Now
2019 Holiday ExpressDec. 4 - Dec. 163:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.Pullen ParkRegister Now
Invasive Plant Removal at Shelley LakeDec. 59 a.m. - noonShelley Lake ParkRegister Now
Wood Chips for Carolina Pines Playground
Wood Chips for Carolina Pines Playground
Dec. 79 a.m. - noonCarolina Pines ParkRegister Now
ICSA Swim Meet at PullenDec. 141 p.m. - 4 p.m.Pullen Aquatics CenterRegister Now
Bamboo and Invasive Removal DayDec. 14
9 a.m. - noon
Horseshoe Farm Nature PreserveRegister Now
Bamboo and Invasive Removal DayJan. 41 p.m. - 4 p.m.Horseshoe Farm Nature PreserveRegister Now
Neuse River Trail CleanupsJan. 7
Jan. 14
9 a.m. - noonNeuse River TrailRegister Now

Park Ongoing Opportunities

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

OpportunityLocation
Activation AmbassadorMoore SquareRegister Now
Docent Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Fletcher Park VolunteerFred Fletcher ParkRegister Now
Garden and Trail VolunteerAnnie Wilkerson Nature
Preserve
Register Now
Garden Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Moore Square Historical GuideMoore SquareRegister Now
Sassafras All Children's Playground
Park Ambassador
Laurel Hills ParkRegister Now
Sensory-Friendly
Saturdays
Sertoma Arts Center at
Laurel Hills Park
Register 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. For more information on coordinating a group volunteer project, please contact Mary Owens.

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

Coats Cause We Care

Coats Cause We Care Children's Coat Drive and Giveaway is a community service event where individuals, private and public sector organizations that care about their community provide new or gently used/clean coats for children in the Raleigh area. Our goal is to provide 500 coats to children in need!

The coat giveaway event is November 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sgt. Courtney T. Johnson Community Center.

Click the link below for more information on getting involved!

Coats Cause We Care Event Page

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

Adopt-A-Playground

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 Volunteer Programs.

List of Playgrounds

Adopt-A-Trail

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.

Find your trail now

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 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.

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 Volunteer Programs.

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 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;
  • 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;
  • Meet all of the N.C. 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; and,
  • Must choose an approved project.
To get started, view the City of Raleigh PRCR Girl Scout Project Handbook for additional details on project requirements, process, and forms. For more information, contact Volunteer Programs.

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 anyone who is interested in volunteering to complete requirements for court appointed or lawyer suggested hours.

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

The Cultural Outreach and Enrichment (COE) Program Volunteer Opportunities

Make a Difference in the Community with the Cultural Outreach Enrichment Program

The Cultural Outreach Enrichment 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.

Youth Athletic Coaches

You are 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.

Each new Head Coach will receive National Alliance for Youth Sports training free of charge for their specific sport, providing them with a “Certified Head Coach” polo shirt to wear to their games, a $20 gift card from Dick’s Sporting Goods, and a CoachDeck.

Please email coach@raleignc.gov for more information.

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