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Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Sep. 13, 2019 - 1:24 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

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 GuideSept. - May10 a.m. - noonCity of Raleigh MuseumRegister Now
Invasive Species Removal DaysDates September - JanuaryVariousDurant Nature PreserveRegister Now
Horseshoe Farm Invasive Removal DaySept. 79 a.m. - noonHorseshoe Farm Nature PreserveRegister Now
Young Athletes at Hill StreetSept. 13 - Nov. 223 p.m. - 5 p.m.Hill Street Community CenterRegister Now
Young Athletes at Abbotts CreekSept. 14 - Oct. 269:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Abbotts Creek Community CenterRegister Now
Young Athletes at Barwell RoadSept. 18 - Nov. 209:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Barwell Road Community CenterRegister Now
A partner of the City of Raleigh, IBMA's World of BluegrassSept. 24 - 28VariousDowntown RaleighMore Information
81st Anniversary Chavis Parks CelebratesOct. 2
Oct. 3
Oct. 4
VariousJohn Chavis ParkDay 1
Day 2
Day 3
Teacher Workday, Teen ServiceOct. 4
Oct. 9
10 a.m. - noonWalnut Creek Wetland ParkRegister Now
2019 Raleigh Tamale FestivalOct. 51 p.m. - 7 p.m.Dorothea DixRegister Now
Big SweepOct. 59 a.m. - noonWalnut Creek Wetland ParkRegister Now
Dorothea Dix Invitational 5K 2019Oct. 57:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Dorothea DixRegister Now
Big Sweep: Durant Nature PreserveOct. 69 a.m. - noonDurant Nature PreserveRegister Now
Planting at ChavisOct. 99 a.m. - noonJohn Chavis MemorialRegister Now
Worthdale Fall FestivalOct. 106 p.m. - 8 p.m.Worthdale Community CenterRegister Now
Raleigh Roots History FestivalOct. 1210 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.Moore SquareRegister Now
PumpkinfestOct. 185:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.Barwell Road Community CenterRegister Now
Fall Festival at Method ParkOct. 184:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.Method Community CenterRegister Now
Backfilling Stone Around SheltersOct. 18
Oct. 29
9 a.m. - noonLake Wheeler
Pullen Park
Register Now
Mordecai Haunted TrolleyOct. 18
Oct. 19
Oct. 25
Oct. 26
5:15 p.m. - 10 p.m.Mordecia Historic ParkRegister Now
Falling for Local at Dix Park
Falling for Local at Dix Park
Oct. 1910 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.Dorothea DixRegister Now
Playground Build at North HillsOct. 239 a.m. - 3 p.m.North Hills ParkRegister Now
Boo BashOct. 254:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.Abbotts Creek Community CenterRegister Now
Haunted HalloweenOct. 254:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.Peach Road Community CenterRegister Now
Roaring Raleigh Lawn PartyOct. 2610 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.Moore SquareRegister Now
Haunted FestivalOct. 2612:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.Mordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Carolina Pines Fall CarnivalOct. 286:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Carolina Pines Community CenterRegister Now
SpooktacularOct. 2812 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Green Road Community CenterRegister Now
Fall Arts FairNov. 29:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Fred Fletcher ParkRegister Now
Trail Maintenance DayNov. 21 p.m. - 4 p.m.Durant Nature PreserveRegister Now
Planting at MLK Jr. Memorial GardenNov. 79 a.m. - noonMLK Jr. Memorial GardenRegister Now
Invasive Plant Removal at Anderson PointDec. 3
Dec. 5
Feb. 1
9 a.m. - noonAnderson PointRegister 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

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 VolunteerAnderson PointRegister 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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

We are currently looking for basketball coaches. We have opportunities to coach with girls, boys, and co-ed teams of many ages.

  • Pee-Wee (ages 5-6)
  • Mini Mite (ages 7-8)
  • Mitey Mite (ages 9-10)
  • Little League (ages 11-12)
  • Junior League (ages 13-17)
  • Senior League (ages 15-17)

Registration will be from September 30th - October 11th. Depending on the site, practices will begin in November with games in December/January or practices will begin in December with games in January/February. Please email coach@raleignc.gov for more information.

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.

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

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

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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