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*Gardener at Meadowside Nature Center*

Location:

Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

Description

Do you have a green thumb? Meadowside Nature Center has several native plant gardens that require regular upkeep, and we need your help!

Volunteers will assist with maintaining the gardens by weeding, watering, deadheading, preparing garden beds, mulching, and general clean-up. The work is physical but rewarding!

Native plant gardens help our visitors learn what a balanced ecosystem looks like, and how pretty they can be (with YOUR help!).

We are looking for experienced gardeners who can help out during the week!

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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*Trail Workdays on Natural Surface Trails, Montgomery Parks*

Location:

Countywide
Montgomery County, MD

Description

Weekend Volunteer Trail Workday Projects

Volunteer Trail Workday projects are great way to support Parks by helping to maintain and expand the 165 mile natural surface trail network, one of Montgomery Parks most popular facilities.

The minimum age to volunteer is 15 years old, however 13 & 14 years old may volunteer if an adult participates with them. All projects are SSL approved.

To Sign Up click on Job Details below and the Schedule Tab on the next page.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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*Weed Warrior for a Day Workdays*

Location:

Various Parks throughout Montgomery County
MD

Description

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. 

To find out about upcoming workdays, visit the Montgomery Parks' Event Calendar.  Under "Filter by category" click on the "Weed Warrior" button to see our events.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Corporate, Intern

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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09/23/2018 - Honey Harvest Festival - Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton - Sunday, 11:30am to 4:30pm

Location:

Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Brookside Nature Center will be "buzzing" with sweet displays, demonstrations, activities and crafts at our popular Honey Harvest Festival.

Volunteers help with all aspects of the festival, from parking and crafts, to the set up and breakdown at the end of the day.

SSL credit can be earned! Bring your lunch! Snacks are provided.

*Volunteers must pre-register - walk-ins are not allowed*

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Scout

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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09/29/2018 - Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville - Saturday, 11am - 3:15

Location:

Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

Description

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month that runs from Sept. 15 through October 15, Meadowside Nature Center is having a celebration to highlight Central and South American cultures and community.

From Noon to 3pm we will have a live band that plays salsa, merengue, and cumbia, as well as food, crafts and games! Join us for this fun mini-festival!

Volunteers will help with set-up, crafts and take-down of the event. We are looking for spanish-speaking volunteers that can help out from 11 am to 3:15 pm.

Volunteers must pre-register. SSL Approved!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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10/06/2018 - Harvest Festival - Derwood, Saturday 10am - 4:30pm

Location:

Agricultural History Farm Park
18410 Muncaster Rd
Derwood, MD 21770

Description

Help us celebrate Montgomery County's rich farming heritage at one of the prettiest places in Montgomery Parks, the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood! In recognition of the 100th anniversary, this year's theme is "World War I on the Homefront".

Visitors to the festival will learn about the crafts, games, food and activities on a farm from that time periord, with help from park staff and volunteers like you!

Training, a delicious lunch, t-shirt and breaks will be provided. This will be outside work, rain or shine (tents will be provided). We are looking for outgoing and friendly people, and while all jobs are not physically demanding, they all do require the ability to work on uneven ground.

**THIS IS Student Service Learning APPROVED!**

Sign-up by clicking on Job Details, then the "Schedule" Tab - someone will be back to you with more details after we see your application.

**Please, only apply if you can be there for the whole 6.5 hour shift!**

Children that are 12 or 13 can only volunteer if a parent is also registered as a volunteer!



Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 12

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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10/27/2018 - 50th Anniversary Planting Project - Brookside Gardens, Wheaton - Saturday, 9 to noon

Location:

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Join us in celebrating our 50th Birthday by planting 50,000 daffodills at Brookside Gardens!


Volunteers will be planting daffodil plugs from 9am-12pm.

To sign up, click on the SCHEDULE tab above, then click on the button "sign up for shift".

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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10/6/2018 - 10/27/2018- Haunted Trail - Little Bennett Campground, Clarksburg - Saturdays, 6:15pm to 9:30pm

Location:

Little Bennett Campground
23705 Frederick Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871

Description

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.

There will be an orientation before the trail opens to the campground guests.

This is SSL approved.

Volunteers should dress for the weather, and cooler temps in the evening. We are looking for folks to wear costumes -and bring their own flashlights. Wear shoes that can get muddy!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Animal Care - Turtle Interpretation or Flying Squirrel Feeding

Location:

Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Brookside Nature Center is looking for evening help to feed our shy, wild and nocturnal flying squirrels.

Volunteers fill four platform feeders with sunflower seeds for these small mammals (and marauding raccoons) once a week at dusk. This is a perfect job for independent adult volunteers who have only a half hour at the most to spare for volunteering once a week.

A schedule will be set up with staff, and is flexible for vacations and illness. Volunteers are needed to feed the squirrels on Monday or Tuesday evenings.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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Conservation Projects at Brookside Nature Center (FOR GROUPS ONLY!)

Location:

Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Have your group help conserve natural areas on parkland by participating in a service project at Brookside Nature Center.

Projects may include planting native plants, removing invasive species, cleaning-up streams and improving natural surface trails.

Exact project activities will depend on time of year, and age and size of group.

Fill out an application or call to discuss setting up a project for your group!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Eagle Scout Project - Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton

Location:

Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Montgomery Parks is a great place for you to do your Eagle Scout project! Sometimes the Brookside Nature Staff have projects in mind, but the number of Eagle candidates far outnumbers them. It is often up to the scout to find a suitable project. We suggest you 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.

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Scout

Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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Eagle Scout Project - Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda

Location:

Locust Grove Nature Center
7777 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20817

Description

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.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Scout

Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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Eagle Scout Project - Montgomery Parks

Location:

Montgomery Parks
Throughough Montgomery County
Various Parks, MD

Description

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!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Scout

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Eagle Scout Project - Natural Surface Trails

Location:

Montgomery Parks Trails
Many Locations
Montgomery County, MD

Description

Montgomery Parks' 160 miles of natural surface trails offer many great opportunities for Eagle Scout projects! If you'd like to be considered, please contact us at least 3 months in advance. Parks Trail Staff will assist you in developing your proposal and help with your project to meet the needs of building and improving our trail system.

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Volunteer Type: Youth, Scout

Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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Groups looking for Projects in Parks!

Location:

Montgomery County Parks
MD

Description

Are you a group leader looking to do some Team Building, have your group give back to the environment, or just them get out in the parks? We can help you with that!

We are always looking from groups like yours to help us with several types of projects in the parks, including Weed Warrioring (removing bad plants so good plants can thrive); Trail Projects (building or restoring natural surface paths); Park Cleanups; Nature Center Projects (can including gardening/mulching/restoring play areas/trails/etc.); Gardening; helping New Trees Survive; Spreading Wood Fiber at Plagrounds and many more.

Contact our office by applying to this job, or just give us a call at 301-495-2504.

We will need to know some basic information to set you up with the right project, including:
- Size and ages of group
- When and Where would be convenient for your group
- Any restrictions (need bathrooms, running water on site)
- Group Leader contact information (and anyone who needs to be copied on any correspondence.

Thanks - we look forward to working with your group on setting up a great project in the Parks!

(Make sure you fill out the GROUP application - it's much shorter!)

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 8

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Oakley Cabin Tour Guide, Olney, April - November

Location:

Oakley Cabin
3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832

Description

Love meeting people from the past? Want to share your passion for history with folks? Oakley Cabin African American Museum may be the place for you!

Join us and become a trained tour guide who will share with visitors of all ages the rich history of Oakley Cabin's early African American residents of the 1800s. Free Training available and SSL hours are available for students who complete training and are able to provide a minimum number of hikes throughout the year.

Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to get more information.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Scout

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)

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Organize a Park and Stream Cleanup Project

Location:

Montgomery County, MD

Description

We need your help to keep our parks and streams clean! Organizing and holding a cleanup event is easy and fun and is a great way to get outdoors and help your local environment. The Volunteer Service Office will work with your existing group or help you recruit one and we'll work with you to find a conveniently located project site. Click on Job Details below to find out how to get started!


(Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult, SSL hours are available)

If you are looking for a cleanup that you can join please check our seasonal volunteer events page.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Trail Rangers

Location:

Natural Surface Trails - Countywide
MD

Description

If you enjoy natural surface trails in Montgomery Parks and have a few hours to spare every three months (and after major storm events) then becoming a Volunteer Trail Ranger is a excellent way to help steward trails in Montgomery Parks!

We are looking for Volunteers to perform quarterly trail inspections and light maintenance work on assigned segment(s) of natural surface trails in Montgomery Parks. Your trail inspection reports and light maintenance helps improve the trail network and alerts us of safety and maintenance needs.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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Weed Warrior Certification Training

Location:

Multiple Locations
Mongtomery County, MD

Description

A variety of non-native, invasive plants (NNIs) are present in Montgomery County 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.

Certified Weed Warrior Volunteers help control NNIs through manual management techniques (cutting/pulling/bagging plant material, etc.). This work can be quite physical, but it is also very rewarding and can have a significant impact on local ecosystems.

To become a Certified Weed Warrior Volunteer (and be authorized to remove invasives anywhere on Montgomery Parks property on your own schedule), you will need to complete a 3-part training in non-native, invasive plant identification and removal techniques. This involves a 2-hour classroom training, a 1-hour online training, and a 2-hour field training.

Sign-up here for a classroom training (see the "Schedule" tab for upcoming dates). Once you register, you will receive an email with details about the classroom training, as well as information about the online and field training components.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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Woods Warriors - New Tree Survival Projects (Only Groups Should Apply)

Location:

Various Parks Throughout Montgomery Parks
Montgomery County, MD

Description

Montgomery Parks LOVES trees (just look at our logo!), and we plant 100's of new young trees every year. But unfortunately, until they become substantially bigger, these new trees need your help!

When they are first planted, our trees have wire fencing put around them to protect them from deer and other animals harming their bark. We also try to put some mulch or at least clear up the weeds from around their bases, to let them get all of the nutrients and water they need to survive.

Groups like yours will help us help the new trees that have been "out there" for awhile, that need a check-in to make sure the cages are still strong and working, and the weeds are kept at bay. These projects typically run 2 to 3 hours.

Your Group's Leader will work with our Park Staff to pick from one of many of our reforestation sites that's convenient to your location. 

Please contact Norma Kawecki at Norma.Kawecki@MontgomeryParks.org to discuss your potential project with her before filling out an application.

Dates are flexible, and we will work with your schedule (but weekdays are preferred). Supplies will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of gloves, bring them! We also suggest that you bring your own water and snacks, dress to be out in a tall grass field with long sleeves and long pants, wear closed shoes and bug spray.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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