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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

Volunteers help harvest Ron Ory Community Garden Plots for donations to Lovaes & Fishes


At this time, the District’s 136 parks remain open and residents are encouraged to use them as places to enjoy some fresh air, a walk and some overall wellness, provided visitors practice social distancing and do not gather in groups.  For Naperville Park District program and facility updates relative to the coronavirus situation, please visit

While organized  volunteer opportunities are limited, we encourage our residents to support Earth Day by collecting litter in their neighborhoods and nearby areas, again, as long as appropriate social distancing measures are followed.  Join us in helping to clean and beautify our community! Share a statement and/or photo to the Naperville Park District’s Facebook or Instagram pages showing what you’ve done to celebrate Earth Day with your family by using the hashtag #earthweeknaperville. Everything we do to support this effort individually can have a widespread impact and benefit all of us.  "Working together while staying apart"


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  



*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  ~                     Additional Dates Just Added~
When:     Fridays; 8:30 am to 11 am.  2020.   Friday,  November 6th and possibly Nov. 20th, 2020 . 
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.

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. 

Halloween Nights Lights   ADDITIONAL NIGHT ADDED
When:        Wednesday, Oct 28th,  Thursday, Oct. 29th  & Friday Oct. 30th  4:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Where:       Centennial Park, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 
Who:          10-12 Volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:         Volunteers will be scattered throughout the drive to entertain guests.  All volunteers are asked to dress in costume.  Nothing gory is the only request. 
                   There will be 8 volunteers specifically dressed and put into scenes.   2 Mad Scientist
                                                                                                                                2 eerie dressed, example would be a Vampire
                                                                                                                                2 Witches (1 witch needed for Oct 28th & 30th)
                                                                                                                                1 Cemetery, example Ghosts, or Skeleton  

                    Other volunteers will be at the gates, checking in guests, stationed in strategic spots to support the event. All volunteers are asked to bring a face mask
                    to where when necessary.  If you are interested in either of these nights please contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Pumpkin Smash  FILLED 
When:        Saturday, Nov. 7th, 2020  
                            1st shift 8:45 am to 10:45 am
                            2nd shift 10:30 am to 12:30 pm 
Where:        Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, 811 West Street, Naperville, IL 60540
Who:            10 volunteers per shift,  ages 12 & 13 can volunteer when accompanied by adult also volunteering.  14-adult for all other volunteers.  All volunteers
                     must have a current volunteer application on file with the Naperville Park District and DCFS form.  
What:            Volunteers will have assigned stations;

                            1.  Provide direction to incoming cars
                            2.  Work at the drop off station, weighing pumpkins, keeping a tally, helping to carry the pumpkins from the car to the weigh station. 
                        Volunteers will enjoy helping the environment (keeping pumpkins out of the landfill) and able to enjoy a brisk morning with donuts, coffee, and hot chocolate.  

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.



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


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.

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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