We need your help at Black Hill Regional Park and Visitor Center! We have lots of short term projects planned for the days kids are off of school, and all projects are Student Service Learning approved! You don't have to be a kid looking for the SSL hours...you could come out to help just because it feels good to volunteer too! Projects will include meadow clean-ups, trash pick-ups, invasive plant pulls, garden work and much more. Click on Job Details, then the Duties and Requirements Tab, then the Schedule tab to see upcoming dates and projects. Sign up and get your friends to sign up too! Don't forget to bring your SSL form for signature! Open to all ages - no younger than 3, please! - but volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult!
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 3
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
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Come celebrate Earth Day with a fun way to pick up trash! We will search for geocaches in the park and along the way, we'll pick up trash, making the world a better place. You must provide your own geocaching device, but we will provide gloves and bags for trash clean-up. Please visit our event page on Facebook for more information leading up to the event.
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
Here's your chance to be a 'BFF' (Best Friend Forever) to animals, insects, plants etc., during Earth Month at Brookside Nature Center!Our Forest Friends Festival will feature exhibits, walks and activities that highlight our natural resources, from native plants to pollinators, and how to best care for them.Volunteers are vital to the running of this event and we seek those who can face paint, teach about animals, help sell plants, and share their enthusiasm for all things natural. Teens, you can earn your SSL hours by volunteering for this festival.Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to learn more!
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Our Raptor Festival is an afternoon of celebrating Maryland's amazing birds of prey! We need people-oriented volunteers to assist with and/or lead games and crafts. We are also seeking trained Master Naturalists to staff information tables. Volunteers will also assist with set-up and clean-up. Most activities are outdoors, so volunteers must be willing to work rain or shine!All volunteers must be registered in advance.- Volunteers are needed from 11:00am-4:30pm- SSL approved activity
Brookside Nature Center is once again offering a full summer calendar of week long day camps for children ages 6 through 10, and we can't do it without the help of volunteers! We are looking for camp counselors who love being around kids, being outside, and who want to share their love of nature. These teens will take pride in their role as representatives for the Montgomery Parks Department!With camps starting in the middle of June and running until the middle of August, volunteers can sign up for at least two of our 8 different camps. Here's a list of this years' camps and dates, check them out to see if any fit your schedule and interest!: Trail Buddies Camp: June 10 - 14,June Bug Camp: June 17 - 21, Native Ways Camp: June 24 - 28, Nature's Laboratory: July 8 - July 13, Creek Week: July 15 - July 19, Wild in the Woods: July 28 - August 2,NW Branch Expedition Force: August 5 - August 9. Our mandatory Counselor and Staff Orientation is June 19, from 1 - 4 pm.Volunteer Camp Counselors assist staff throughout the week by helping prepare for each day's activities, supervising the children and leading some activities. Counselors will report to the Senior Camp Counselors and Camp teachers, and volunteer from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Volunteering as a camp counselor is an ideal way to earn SSL hours while gaining experience working with kids and having lots of fun! See Duties and Requirements after clicking on Job Details to see if this is a good fit.
Background check required: Yes
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for volunteer camp counselors that are passionate about sharing their love of the great outdoors!
As a volunteer camp counselor, you'll assist staff in supervising children and leading activities. It's a great way to earn SSL hours while gaining experience working with kids and it's a lot of fun!
Check out this year's list of camps to see which topic fits your schedule and interests:
Week1: June 24 - 28Nature Film Camp (Full Day)Nature Explorers Camp 1 (Half Day)Week 2: July 1 - 5 Hiking Through History Camp (Full Day)*camp does not meet on July 4*Week 3: July 8 - 12Park Safari Camp (Full Day)Nature Explorers Camp 2 (Half Day) Week 4: July 15 - 19LOST! Wilderness Survival Camp (Full Day) Week 5: July 22 - 26Water Adventure Camp (Full Day)Nature Explorers Camp 3 (Half Day) Week 6: July 29 - August 2Creek Week (Full Day) Week 7: August 5 - 9*LOST! Xtreme Survival Camp (Full Day)Nature Explorers Camp 4 (Half Day) Week 8: August 12 - 16Into the Woods Fairytale Fantasy (Full Day)
Volunteer hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm for Full Day Camps, and 8:30am to 12:30pm for Half Day Camps.See Duties and Requirements after clicking Job Details for a complete program description of each camp week.
*Volunteers for LOST! Xtreme must be at least 17 years old.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning
Meadowside Nature Center is looking for camp counselors who are great with kids, love being outside, and have a passion for nature! Counselors assist staff throughout the week by helping prepare for each day, supervising the children and leading some activities. These positions are a fun way to gain SSL hours and a fulfilling way to spend a week! We are looking for volunteers that can commit to helping out for at least one of the camps, for the entire 5 day session. Min. Age is listed after each camps title.American Girl Camp Counselor (15+)7/15-7/19, 8:30am-4pmDid you ever imagine what it would be like to live like your favorite American Girl doll? Join us as we lead a camp full of crafting, cooking, and history. Animal Training Camp Counselor (16+)7/29-8/2, 8:30am-4pmDo you love animals? Have you ever wondered how animals are trained for certain behaviors? Come find out by being a Camp Counselor for our Animal Training Camp. Rock Creek Animal Week Camp Counselor (15+)7/22-7/26, 8:30am-4pmDo you love nature, the outdoors, and animals? Come be a volunteer Camp Counselor for Rock Creek Animal Week where we'll get to know the animals, trees, and ponds of Rock Creek Regional Park. Youth on Earth Camp Counselor (16+)8/12-8/16, 8:30am-4pmDo you love nature, animals, and connecting with people to build lasting bonds? Come be a volunteer Camp Counselor for Youth on Earth where we'll get to know the animals, trees, and creek around Meadowside Nature Center.
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
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
Volunteers are needed to help maintain the beautiful Black Hill Visitor Center Display Gardens. These include: a rain garden/hummingbird garden; a raised bed butterfly garden; a raised bed pollinator garden; a fern garden; a Monarch Waystation garden; a log garden; and garden areas around a small pond. Volunteers work as a group on Tuesday mornings for a couple of hours, beginning May 1 and ending Oct 1. Gardening experience preferred, but not required. Training will be offered.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
Brookside Nature Center* is located in a lovely wooded spot in Wheaton Regional Park. While most of areas around the Center are left to nature, we take pride in our many different types of gardens that show visitors how important plants are for wildlife! These gardens are always being suplemented and require regular upkeep. We need volunteers to keep them looking good! If you love plants and insects, if you want to learn more about native species and are not afraid to get your hands dirty, please consider applying.The work will include weeding, laying down compost and wood chips, pruning, watering, and transplanting. We are looking for someone who can commit to at least one season (April - November) come weekly, and who can handle shovels, wheelbarrows and heavy lifting. Training is included, given by a professional horticulturalist. Click on Duties and Requirements to get more details about this volunteer position.*Not BROOKSIDE GARDENS! Please search again if you are interested in the Brookside (botanic) Garden (not the nature center) opportuniities.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern
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
Montgomery Parks offers many wonderful programs throughout the year for residents in Montgomery County and beyond. While Park staff and volunteers help run these programs, we also provide support services to individuals with disabilities to encourage their participation in the activities of their choice. Activities can include ice skating, tennis, and a variety of interactive nature and history programs.Inclusion Support Volunteers help us meet this need by modifying activities for individuals with disabilities and facilitating positive social interactions with others.We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with programs located at either an ice rink, a tennis facility, historic site or nature center. A schedule will be worked out with staff, but we are looking for a committment to the duration of the program or season.Volunteers will receive training and placed with programs where and when they are needed. We are looking for volunteers that enjoy helping others, and want to help everyone have fun, learn something and enjoy themselves at one of our parks! **When applying, please fill out the OPTIONAL information section of the application (at the bottom) so we can see if this will be a good match**
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern, Pro-bono
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
Volunteer gardeners do a variety of tasks from early spring to late fall in the gardens of the nature center where wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, sedges, grasses and trees have been planted to demonstrate what grows naturally in Montgomery County. Gardeners will turn soil, plant, water, weed, trim, apply natural deer repellent, rake and collect seeds. You will have the opportunity to learn about native plants working with the lead gardener. Our gardeners work with others in small groups or independently at least two hours per week.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
If you love the outdoors and teaching little kids about Nature then the Volunteer Naturalist Aide position is for you! Assist Locust Grove Staff with set up, clean up, crafts, and games for their weekday toddler programs. Build experience working in this unique outdoor class setting.Our Nature Explorers Preschool program promotes learning through creative outdoor play. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.Volunteer schedule to be worked out with staff. Click on Job Details and then Duties and Responsibilities to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity!
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
Black Hill Nature Programs offers tours of Little Seneca Lake on our 30-foot pontoon boat. These rides are provided for a variety of diverse groups including senior living facilities, school groups, scouts, birthday parties and the general public. We are looking for boat operators that enjoy interacting with people in a beautiful outdoor setting. This position is for a mature person to deliver an engaging experience for participants under safe conditions.
Do you enjoy working with people in a friendly and sometimes busy environment? Our Volunteer Hosts are stationed in the Black Hill Visitor Center lobby on weekends, where they welcome and answer questions from the public, check people in for nature programs, assist Nature Center Staff, and answer telephone calls. They may occasionally help with office work, computer work, program preparation, and exhibits. We are looking for volunteer hosts that are people-oriented, enjoy sharing the joys of nature and would be great representatives for Black Hill Nature Programs and Montgomery Parks!This is a long-term volunteer opportunity and we are looking for someone who can help out for at least 3 months on a regular basis.