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)
Click here for details and to apply
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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Corporate, Intern
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
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
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)
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+)
Do you share an interest in horticultre and public engagment? If yes, then consider volunteer at Brookside and McCrillis Gardens. Both Gardens offer unique opportunities for prospective volunteers to donate their time to their local public garden. Single day and long term projects offered.Note to Prospective Volunteer:Apply to this position if you are expressing an interest in volunteer opportunities with Brookside Gardens. You'll be the first to be informed when particular positions are posted.
Minimum age of volunteers: 11
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Long-term (6 months+)
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!
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
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)
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' 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.
Volunteer Type: Youth, Scout
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 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
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
Looking for help with Group Lessons on: Thursday 4:45-8:15pm Friday 4:45-6:15pm Saturday 10:15am-1:30pm Sunday 11am-3:45pm Montgomery County Ice Rinks provide a variety of ice skating programs for the public. Adults and children can learn to skate or improve their skills through a variety of group lessons offered at each Rink. Instructional Assistants provide the extra hands necessary to provide high quality instruction and improve student success and enthusiasm for this wonderful sport. Under the supervision of the Skating Director, Instructional Assistants are assigned to help group lesson instructors in the rink's "Learn to Skate" program, which include lessons, clinics, and camps. **Skating experience is required**
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
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.
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.