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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

The Beach Bum Weeders cleaning up Centennial Beach!


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  

Click here to go to the Earth Week Naperville Website - Volunteer Opportunities  

*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.

 

Concerts In Your Park-FILLED
When:        Sunday's at 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
                        July 14th        Century Farms Park, 715 Sigmund Road, Naperville  (Filled)
                        July  28th        Walnut Ridge Park, 2304 Keim Road, Naperville  (Filled)

                    Thursday, at 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
                        July 18th        George Pradel Park, 4519 Pradel Drive, Naperville   (Filled)
                     Friday, at 6:15 pm  - 8:30 pm  Rock the Hill Concert
                         August 2nd   Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave. Naperville  (Filled)
Who:            Two to four volunteers per concert, ages 14 years to adult. 
Where:          Please see the above schedule of dates and park address. 
What:
            Volunteers will greet guests as they arrive, assist with sponsor activities.  Volunteers should be friendly, outgoing and enjoy people.  When you have
                      selected this volunteer opportunity please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your three dates to volunteer and your t shirt size.  All volunteers will be 
                      provided a volunteer t shirt they are asked to wear at each concert volunteer opportunity.  T shirts are for the volunteers to keep.

Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment - FILLED
When:         Tuesday's at 11 am - 12:30pm 
                              July 16th    Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville  (Filled)
                              July 23rd    Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville  (Filled)
Who:          Two volunteers ages 14 years to adult
Where:       Please see the schedule above, this volunteer opportunity is at alternating locations. 
What:         Volunteers will greet guests as they arrive, assist the performers as needed.  Typically this is handing items out to the guests and 
                    then gathering them back at the end of the performance.  Volunteers should be friendly, outgoing and enjoy children.  When you have
                    selected this volunteer opportunity email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your three dates and the size t shirt you will need.  The t shirts
                    are provided and required that you wear them for each date that you are there as a volunteer. To register as a volunteer for the event This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Park Clean Up
When:        Saturday, July 27th   8:30 am to 12 noon
Who:          All ages, scouts, families, anyone needing service hours or interested in helping the areas look better
Where:      Springfield Park 2031 Springside Circle and Arbor Way Park  204 Cedarbrook Road, Naperville, IL 
What:         Volunteers will mulch tree rings, weed the playground, flower beds and tree rings.  Litter pick both areas.  Tools will be provided, volunteers should
                    bring their own gloves.  Service hours will be signed for on site  for this event.  To register for this please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                       
Natural Area Volunteers - Trailmasters
When:        Biweekly starting March  8:30 a.m. to  11:00 a.m. running through November 2019
                    occasional weekends could be requested.  
Who:          Adult volunteer ages 18 years and older.  
Where:       Riverwalk natural areas
What:         All volunteers will learn to identify a variety of
                    native and invasive plant material.  Assist with removing invasive species to restore the woods to a diverse, native ecosystem. 
                    These volunteers will have the possibility of directing other volunteers as needed.  All volunteers will be supplied with training
                    and tools for this volunteer program.  To register as a volunteer for this opportunity This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Park Clean Up @ Carol Acres
When:      Saturday, August 3, 2019  8 am to 2 pm
Where:     Carol Acres, 787 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL  
Who:         All volunteers looking to participate in service hours. Scouts, families anyone looking for service hours
What:       Volunteers will help clean up the area of trash, and invasive.  Proof of hours will be signed at this event, volunteers should
                  park in the Menards parking lot on Fort Hill and New York and then walk to the park.  To register for this event please go to
                  https://tinyurl.com/water-way-clean-up 

Junior Tour de Naperville

When:      Saturday August 10, 2019  8:00 am - 11:45 am
Where:    Commissioner Park, 3704 111 th Street, Naperville, IL 
Who:       Twelve - fourteen volunteers,  ages 13 years to adult
What:      Volunteers will help set up the race course for the young riders.  Take registration, hand out t shirts and then be on the race track
                to hand out the "SAG" (support and gear stops).
                during the race to encourage the young racers.  All volunteers will help take down the race track at the end of the race.  To registers
                for this event please contact 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. 

Centennial Beach
When:        Sunday's         10 am - 12 noon    June 23rd - August 25th
                   Monday's         4:30 pm - 7 pm      June 24th - August 26th  (Filled)
                   Wednesday's   4:30 pm - 7 pm      June 26th - August 28th
                   Friday's            4:30 pm - 7 pm      June 21st - August 30th
Where:      Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville   Report to the front counter when you arrive
Who:         Individual or groups ages 14 years old to adult.  Younger volunteers can volunteer if
                  accompanied by parent.
What:        Volunteers at Centennial Beach help with a very important service of litter picking very small
                  partials hidden in the grassy area, washing trash can lids and sweeping decks.  All volunteers
                  must wear the official volunteer t shirt while at the beach.  Volunteers can commit to the any amount of time during the 
                  posted times in one hour increments.  You must come when to the time you committed too but it is not necessary for
                  volunteers to be there the entire time listed. 
                  To volunteer for this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  with the day and times you are available for this volunteer service.


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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