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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We're bringing people and their furry friends together again for another edition of "Yappy Hour" & Pop-Up Dog Park in downtown Bethesda! If you are a dog lover, and enjoy being around them, this is a great opportunity for you!Yappy Hour features live music and Bethesda restaurants selling food, beer and wine. The pop-up dog park will consist of a small dog area and a large dog enclosure area for well-socialized dogs.Volunteer Tasks:*Monitor dog enclosure areas: a) Remind owners that dogs should be on the leash when leaving the dog enclosure areasb) Remind owners to pick-up after their dogs and hand out Mutt Mitt bags, as needed*Keep dog bowls filled with water *Hand out give-aways and brochures at the Montgomery Parks table.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
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
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!
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning
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!
Minimum age of volunteers: 12
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".
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
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!
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
Experience behind the scene opportunities to assist staff in preparing for our popular Winter Light show! We start getting ready for this show now, so it can be ready to go in late November!Volunteers are needed to help us wrap holiday lights on new and existing displays throughout the gardens.We are looking for help during the week, between the hours of 10am to 2pm. There will be NO ladder work, mostly wrapping lights around trees and forms.Look under Duties and Requirments for more information.
Volunteer Type: Adult
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
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.
Volunteer Type: Scout
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
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.
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!
Friendly helpers are needed to hand out crayons and Eye Spy sheets at our Fall Eye Spy Train ride in Wheaton Regional Park this October! Family-friendly (NOT SCARY) costumes are encouraged!The train will be running every Saturday and Sunday in October. There will be two shifts each day: 9:45am - 2pm, and 1:30 - 6pm.Volunteers need to be 14 and older. This activity is outdoors and Student Service Learning approved. For more information and to sign-up, click on Job Details, then Duties & Requirements, and then Schedule to see shift times and dates. ***Train is cancelled if it rains, and/or tracks are still wet*** ***Must sign up by 5pm on Fridays to work the weekend***
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Friendly helpers are needed to hand out crayons and Eye Spy sheets at our Fall Eye Spy Train ride in Cabin John Regional Park this October! Family-friendly (NOT SCARY) costumes are encouraged!The train will be running every Saturday and Sunday in October. There will be two shifts each day: 9:45am - 2pm, and 1:30 - 6pm.Volunteers need to be 14 and older. (we are NOT taking anyone younger as in years past)This activity is outdoors and Student Service Learning approved. For more information and to sign-up, click on Job Details, then Duties & Requirements, and then Schedule to see shift times and dates. ***Train is cancelled if it rains, and/or tracks are still wet*** ***Must sign up by 5pm on Fridays to work the weekend***
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!
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!)
Minimum age of volunteers: 8
Enjoy meeting new people and sharing your love of history? Become a part of history! Learn about Rev. Josiah Henson, from his life as a slave on the historic Isaac Riley Farm, to his work as Methodist minister, abolitionist, Canadian freeman, author and international speaker. Join us at the Henson Historic Site as a volunteer tour guide, providing tours for audiences of all ages. [Pre-registration for training is required.]
Background check required: Yes
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
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.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
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.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate