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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

Max Henige Litter Picking at Wildflower Park
 

Serve your community with your time and talents! The Naperville Park District relies on many different kinds of volunteers throughout the year to make its programs and events successful. If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the community, please consider volunteering with us.Volunteering with the Park District is a great way to meet and socialize with others, share your expertise, help fellow community members - and have fun!

Please access our Volunteer Handbook for complete information on our programs.
Naperville Park District Volunteer Handbook
 

How to volunteer:

Prospective volunteers are required to fill out the online volunteer application.  Please follow these three steps.
1st step is to complete the student or adult application.  Hold your cursor over the application below in the next paragraph, then click to open the portal.
2nd step is to print, complete and sign the background check form for the DCFS.  Then return this form to the Volunteer Manager
3rd step email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your volunteer selection.  Include the name of the event, date and time of the shift you are requesting.
 

Students (17 and under)



Adults (18 and up)

 

All applicants  must  complete

Volunteer Opportunities  

Earth Week Naperville Volunteer Opportunities

Earth Week Naperville Events, Programs & Activities 

*All questions regarding volunteer opportunities please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  630-848-3606.

 

Trail Masters of the Riverwalk
When:    Starting Friday, March 27th and meeting every-other Friday; 8:30 am to 11 am. 
Where:   Natural areas along the Riverwalk, meeting in the parking area near the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion
Who:       2-3  Volunteers
What:      Volunteers will learn to identify a variety of native and invasive plant material, learn natural ecosystem processes and how to help maintain landscape areas to make a positive
                impact.  Volunteers will help with digging, pulling and cutting a variety of invasive plants.  Volunteers will assist with planting native plants including trees, shrubs and
                perennial plugs. Supervise and direct other volunteers as needed.  Volunteers will be given training in all areas including hand tools and safety.  Volunteers will be
                provided with all tools needed and safety gear to use during the scheduled dates.  All volunteers should be able to work on uneven terrain, lift, move and carry objects
                up to 50 lbs.and work in outdoor weather conditions.  To volunteer for this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fort Hill Landscape Muscle
When:       1.5 hours twice a month (alternating Wednesdays)  8:00 am to 9:30 am.  Starting on Wednesday, April 29th and meeting every-other Wednesday.  
Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL.  meeting outside at the front of the Activity Center. 
Who:         2-4 volunteers  
What:        Volunteers will learn to identify a variety of native and invasive plant materials.  These volunteers will learn about the specific landscape design used at this 
                 facility.  Volunteers will help with weeding the landscape areas in and around this park district facility.  Training will be provided in all areas, including hand tool
                 safety.  All tools needed will be provided, including knee pads and safety gear used during these scheduled dates. All volunteers should be able to work in outdoor
                 conditions including morning temperatures.  To volunteer for this please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Riverwalk Deadheaders
When:      Starting Wednesday, April 22 and meeting every-other Wednesday 8:00 am to 10:30 am. 
Where:     Landscape beds along the Riverwalk, meeting at the Park District Administration Building, 320 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville.   
Who:        2-3 Volunteers
What:       Volunteers will learn to identify a variety of native and invasive plant material. Volunteers will learn natural ecosystem processes and how to help maintain landscape
                  areas to make a positive impact.  Volunteers will help with weeding and planting the landscape beds along the Riverwalk.  Volunteers will be given training in all areas
                  including hand tools and safety.  All tools needed will be provided, including knee pads and safety gear to be used during the scheduled dates.  Volunteers should be
                  able to work on uneven terrain and kneel for extended periods of time. All volunteers should be able to work in outdoor conditions including morning temperatures. 
                  Exposure to dust, dirt, noises, possible insect bites and pesticides are all possible.  To volunteer for this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Kids' Parents Night Out                    
 When:        Friday, March 20th, 2020          Luck of the Irish          1 volunteer needed
                     Friday, April 17th, 2020            April Showers              4 volunteers needed
                     Friday, May 15th, 2020             School's Out                4 volunteers needed
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 60540    Childcare Room  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm 
Who:           3-4 volunteers per night, ages 13 years to adult (12 year old volunteers are welcome if accompanied by an adult)
What:         Volunteers will be with the young children, playing in the tubes, doing activities, and playing games. Please dress comfortable
                    and wear socks.  To volunteer for this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Soccer Bag Assembly  FILLED
When:        March 4th & 5th     4:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL
Who:           4-6 volunteers    this project should take about 2.5 hours with this group of people.  
What:         Volunteers will assemble the soccer bags with balls, cones, first aide kits etc.  This project is not physically demanding and be done by a small group of volunteers.  

Magical Ice Cream Social
When:        Friday, March 6th  5 pm - 7 pm
Where:       Alfred Rubin Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL  Community Hall
Who:          10-12 volunteers ages 14 years to adult.  Volunteers ages 12-13 may attend when volunteering alongside a parent.
What:         Volunteers are asked to help with set up of the event, service the ice cream, activities during the event and clean up.  Attire for volunteers is nice (no jeans or sweatpants) 
                    and comfortable shoes.  You will be standing most of the time during the event.  To sign up for this volunteer opportunity email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Soccer Coaches Meeting  FILLED
When:          Wednesday, March 11    4 pm to 7:30 pm 
                      Thursday, March 12        4 pm to 7:30 pm   
Where:         Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 
Who:             6-10 volunteers needed   ages 14 years to adult
What:           Volunteers will complete assembly of coaches bags, checking in coaches at the start of the meeting, handing out equipment to the coaches after the meeting, 
                       All volunteers  will participate in set-up and take down of the room after the meeting.  

Spring Eggstravaganza
When:            Saturday, April 4, 2020   8 am - Noon
Where:           Seager Park Interpretive Center, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville, IL 60540
Who:              15 volunteers  ages 16 years to adult
What:             Volunteers will assist in setting up for the outdoor event, this includes setting up the games and activities.  Then volunteers will be assigned an area to work
                       during the event.  All volunteers will assist with clean up after the event.  Taking down the areas and general clean up of the area and parking lot.    This is an
                       out door event so volunteers should dress for the weather.  To volunteer for this community event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Eggstravaganza Bunny    FILLED
When:            Saturday, April 4, 2020  9 am to 11 am  
Where:          Seager Park Interpretive Center, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville, IL 60540
Who:              1 average size volunteer age 16 years to adult
What:            This volunteer will dress in the  Bunny suit (with head) that will be provided and move through the park greeting guests and posing for photos.  This volunteer
                       should be able to stand and squat with young children  for photos.  

Road Rally
When:        Saturday, April 18, 2020     3:30-7:30 pm         
Where:       TBD - 3 sites in Naperville that will be disclosed to volunteers.  
Who:           30 Volunteers needed.  16 years - adult, 14 year old volunteers will be accepted if accompanied by a parent.  Due to the design of the event no volunteers younger
                     will be permitted. 
What:         Volunteers will monitor games, handout clue to the next site, hole punch score cards, possibly set up and take down sites depending on the game, remove trash
                     from game site when the event if over.  One or more volunteers will be responsible for communicating with Program Manager regarding any problems during the 
                     event.  Each volunteer will need to have their own cell phone with them at the event, all volunteers will receive a Road Rally volunteer t shirt to keep.  Food and water 
                     will be delivered to each site for volunteers during the evening.  To volunteer for this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Kite Fest
When:       Sunday, June 7th, 2020  
                   1st shift    9:30 am - 1 pm
                   2nd shift  1:00 pm - 4 pm
                   3rd shift   3:00 pm - 4:30 pm  Litter picking the area
Where:     Frontier Park,  3380 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:        15 volunteers per shift,   minimum age 16 years.  Younger volunteers can volunteer at 14 when accompanied by an adult volunteer.  Litter picking can be any 
                  volunteers that would like to participate.  There is no minimum age other than 12 years old unless accompanied by an adult.  Great opportunity for scouts to 
                  receive conservation service hours.  Bags, will be provided.  
What:       Volunteers will supervise the inflatables to be sure that participants have wrist bands and take off their shoes.  Volunteers will help with the craft area, assisting
                  participants have materials to complete the craft.  To volunteer for this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Litter Picking
When:       This project is ongoing and can be scheduled to fit your availability
Where:      Various locations in our parks 
Who:          Individuals, groups all ages are welcome
What:        Volunteers will be supplied with a map of the park, bags for the litter, plastic gloves and directions on how to litter pick in the 
                   location.  Service hours are posted to your volunteer profile and are good for service hours and conservations hours typically.  
                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send Lynnette Hoole to find out more about this ongoing opportunity. 


Adopt A Park, Adopt a Trail and Adopt a Field

Our adopt programs have been developed by the Naperville Park District to recruit and train residents and business community members who wish to assist in the general care and maintenance of parks and park amenities by selecting a specific location to adopt.
 

Eagle Scout and Gold Award

Scouts interested in Boy Scout Eagle Scout and Girl Scouts Gold Award should contact Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Coordinator for an interview to discuss your ideas for the Naperville Park District. Please come prepared with your initial idea, time frame and interests to discuss. 

Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630-848-3606 to provide proof of hours or signature for proof of hours.

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Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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