A variety of non-native, invasive plant species are present in Montgomery Parks. By their nature, these plants can take over an area quickly and threaten our native plant communities and the wildlife that depends on them.Join one of our Weed Warrior workdays to learn how you can help control non-native, invasive plants and preserve the health of our parks! Instruction and tools will be provided. Workdays are held in parks throughout the county and are led by volunteer Weed Warrior Supervisors and/or park staff.Events are added regularly to the "Schedule" tab; please check back for new events! Please note: if the "Schedule" tab is missing, that means registration is full for all Weed Warrior events. Please check back soon for additional opportunities.
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Group, Corporate
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
Click here for details and to apply
Little Bennett Campground is hosting a spooky Haunted Trail this October, and needs volunteers to help it be the scariest place in the woods! Volunteers will wear costumes and stand at assigned locations and follow a script. Other volunteers will help out behind the scenes. Campground guests will visit each of the 10 sites along the trail, where the volunteers will be stationed to do their scariest!There will be a volunteer orientation before the trail opens to the campground guests.This is SSL approved.Volunteers are asked to:- Bring their own flashlights- Wear their own scary costumes/masks - it doesn't have to be elaborate, you can be a zombie in old clothes with the right make-up!- Dress for the weather, especially the cooler temps in the evening.- Wear shoes that can get muddy!COVID REQUIREMENTS:Volunteers will be required follow our COVID policies and procedures, including agreeing to a waiver which is attached to the application. Volunteers under 18 must bring a waiver signed by their parent/guardian to their orientation.Volunteers should not come to help if they or someone they have been around has been sick or exhibiting signs of COVID. They should give us as much notice as possible.
An email with all of these details and more will be sent to applicants.
Click on SCHEDULE OR CALENDAR TO PICK YOUR NIGHT!
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning
Join the Neighbors of the Northwest Branch (NNWB) and Montgomery Parks to help clean up the areas around the Northwest Branch Watershed this October (and November) in celebration of Community Service Month!
Dates and locations:
October 2, Burnt Mills East, Colesville RoadNovember 6, NW Branch SVU, Alderton RoadAll cleanups are pre-approved for SSL hours. Children under 14 years old must have a registered parent/guardian with them. Every individual must pre-register to participate, including parents/guardians.Please review all Covid 19 requirements and CDC guidelines. Current Covid Requirements for Volunteers:All volunteers must submit Montgomery Parks COVID-19 waivers. -When signing up on this site, it will give adults volunteers the option to electronically submit waivers.-Volunteers under 18 years old must print the waiver in the application and have a parent/guardian sign by hand, and submit the form at the cleanup event.Safety/CDC guidelines:Face CoveringsVolunteers are not required to wear masks outdoors, whether they are vaccinated or not. - A mask should be worn if unsure about others' vaccination status, such as youth volunteers.- If you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, do not come to the cleanup.- Wash hands before and after the cleanup.To register for one of these cleanup dates, click the schedule tab, review cleanup details, and click "sign up". For questions contact: Valeria.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Montgomery Parks Locust Grove Nature Center is a great place for you to do your Eagle Scout project! We are currently seeking Eagle Scouts for various projects: Tree planting, trail restoration, new activities for our Nature Exploration Area and invasive plant removal.
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Scout
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Thanks for thinking of Montgomery Parks as a place for your Eagle Scout project! Sometimes we have ideas for potential Eagle projects, but the number of Eagle candidates far outnumbers them. We often ask the scout to find a suitable project. Choose a park location that is convenient to you and explore the area to see what amenities you can help create or restore. Park staff will work with you to review your project proposal prior to approval. We are looking for scouts that are good communicators, stick to a schedule and are hardworkers!
Montgomery Parks natural surface trails offers great project opportunities for Eagle Scouts! If you would like to perform your Eagle Scout project repairing and constructing a natural surface trail please click on the job details button below and apply.
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
Volunteer Type: Youth, Scout
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Montgomery Parks can be a great place for you to do your Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award projects!Although sometimes Park Staff have projects in mind, the number of applicants far outnumbers them. It is often up to the scout to find a suitable project. We suggest you choose a park location that is convenient to you and explore the area to see what amenities you can help create or restore. Park staff will work with you to review your project proposal prior to approval. The scout will then be responsible for good communication with Park Staff, and completing the project in a timely manner.Sign up here and someone will be in touch soon to discuss the project with you!Due to COVID, additional requirements will be in place, including mask wearing, filling out waivers and social distancing. All will be shared after application is filled out.
Montgomery Parks are wonderful places to visit, but sometimes litter and trash get into our parks and needs to be removed - this is where you come in! A Cleanup Coordinator will lead you and other volunteers in various projects this fall to help get trash out of our parks and streams. We welcome individuals and families to join us!Please note that when an event fills up, it will disappear from the schedule. Cleanups will be added throughout the season, so check back often!Fall Cleanups:9/11 Day of Service - Strathmore Local Park9/18 World Cleanup Day - Long Branch Park10/8 Cleanup - Mill Creek Stream Valley ParkAll cleanups are pre-approved for SSL hours. Children under 14 years old must have a registered parent/guardian with them.Covid Guidelines (as of Sept 2021):- Volunteers must bring a mask- Volunteers must keep 6 feet apart from volunteers outside of their household- Volunteers are not required to wear a mask unless they cannot keep 6 ft apart from unvaccinated participants such as youth.- Anyone feeling sick or in recent contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, may not volunteer at the event(s) assigned.All volunteers must submit Montgomery Parks COVID-19 waivers:- When signing up on this site, it will give adult volunteers the option to submit the waiver electronically.- Volunteers under 18 years old must print the waiver in the application and have a parent/guardian sign by hand, and submit the form at the cleanup event.To register for a cleanup event, click the Schedule tab and click "sign up". If the page is empty it means sign ups are full, please check back for updates or sign up to organize your own group cleanup day.For questions contact: Valeria.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
Step back in time to share your passion for history with visitors of all ages. Bring history to life as an Oakley Cabin tour guide. Learn about the lives of Oakley Cabin's African American community following the end of the Civil War and Emancipation. Learn about the Reconstruction Era, how people lived off natural resources, 19th century folk remedies and other living history demonstrations. FREE training provided.Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to get more information.
Background check required: Yes
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
Scout troops, corporate groups, student groups, and community organizations can schedule a private Park cleanup event. Work with your team to remove trash & litter from our Parks! Group leaders can submit one application on behalf of their group (select "group"). We prefer at least two weeks notice before the cleanup, but as long as you let us know about your project we'll do our best to support your efforts! Organize a Group Cleanup!What we'll need:1. Cleanup date and times2. Cleanup location (Find a park near you!)3. Estimated group size and age range4. Would you like to pick up a Cleanup Supply Kit? Kits include trash bags, recycle bags, and work gloves. Trash grabbers are optional and must be returned to our Wheaton office.5. Submit the Cleanup Results formEligible for SSL HOURS:- Children under 14 years old must have a designated parent/guardian with them- Keep ratios at 10:1 students to adults- Send a student roster and photo of your cleanup to email@example.com- Submit the Cleanup Results formCOVID Guidelines as of September 2021: - Volunteers are not required to wear a mask unless they cannot keep 6 ft apart from unvaccinated participants such as youth volunteers- All volunteers must submit Montgomery Parks COVID-19 Waivers- Electronic waivers are available for adult groups- Volunteers under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian sign their waiver by hand- Anyone feeling sick or in recent contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, may not volunteer at the event(s) assigned.- All must continue to follow CDC guidelines as well as MD state guidelines
Minimum age of volunteers: 5
We are looking for Volunteers interested in becoming trail stewards by performing quarterly trail inspections (plus after major storm events) and light maintenance work on assigned natural surface trail segments in Montgomery Parks. Your trail inspection reports and light maintenance work alerts us of safety and maintenance needs and greatly improves the overall trail network.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
Weekend Volunteer Trail Workday projects are a great way to support one of Montgomery Parks most popular facilities. By participating in a volunteer group trail maintenance or construction project you will be helping improve the natural surface trail network for all to enjoy. The minimum age to volunteer is 15 years old, however 13 & 14 year olds may volunteer if an adult family member participates with them. All Volunteer Trail Workdays are SSL approved.*Trail workdays will start up again in September and go through December. By applying below I will add you to the bi-annual email list to receive an email with the upcoming season's scheduled dates.*
Minimum age of volunteers: 13