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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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)
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
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!
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
Help give back to the community at this volunteer event where we will be working with members of Jerusalem-Mt. United Methodist Church, Waves of Glory Worship Center, the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, and the Montgomery County Cemetery Inventory Revisited project, to beautify the historic cemetery located behind the church.Duties will include removing branches and stacking them in a parking lot for pick-up; weeding and removing plants from around fragile markers; marking grave sites; and picking up and bagging trash.Volunteers should dress to get dirty and to protect themselves from bugs, scratches and potential poison ivy exposure. Water will be on site, and a light lunch will be provided when the project is complete.SSL hours will be approved!Volunteers need to pre-register. To sign-up, click on the Schedule tab.*RAIN DATE: November 10*
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout
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!
Volunteer Type: Scout
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)
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
The Agricultural History Farm Park is seeking those with a love of history to share their time and talents in telling the story of Montgomery County's rich agricultural and cultural heritage! Living history interpreter docents will help visitors connect to the history of the Farm by:- Inviting visitors into our 1908 Farmhouse - Leading visitors on tours of the house and surrounding grounds- Providing historical information in a meaningful and knowledgeable manner- Wearing historical costumes that will help visitors further understand the customs and culture of the early 20th centuryLiving history interpreter docents must complete 16 hours of non-costumed shadowing and on-site training before working independently. Hours available weekends and weekdays. Some scheduled hours may require work with special programs and school groups. This position requires long periods of standing, sitting, walking, and working in a variety of weather conditions.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
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.
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