Denver Parks and Recreation Volunteer


Step up for your parks! Volunteer involvement with DPR deepens the understanding of how important our resources are. Volunteering can be at grass-root levels all the way up to formal involvement. Want to learn more? Call (303) 698-4904 or email Tina Myers at tina.myers@denvergov.org.

 

Are you interested in a one-day volunteer project? 

The Denver Parks and Recreation offers several volunteer projects throughout the year to allow adults and children to give back to the community! 

Mulching trees
Planting trees (Spring & Fall)
Painting
Weeding
Projects that will beautify our Parks!

Contact tina.myers@denvergov.org to get involved.


Canada Goose Egg Addling
Volunteers needed in in March and April for Canada Goose egg addling (oiling to prevent hatching) in Denver parks - a humane method of goose population management. Volunteers will work with Denver Parks and Recreation staff to locate Canada Geese nests, survey the clutch (eggs that are being incubated)to be sure all eggs are laid, approach the nest, and spray eggs with corn oil.

Please contact: Doug Kelley – Animal & Wildlife Programs Coordinator for Denver Parks & Recreation at 720-865-4334 or email doug.kelley@denvergov.org

Red Rocks Park clean-ups (last Saturday of each month)


Denver Parks and Recreation offers One Day Volunteer Projects for youth, individuals and organizations. If interested, apply below.
Volunteer Application

Denver has established an Adopt-A-Flowerbed program to enable civic groups, individuals, families and businesses to help keep their flowerbed beautiful.

The volunteer adopter:

  • agrees to provide volunteer support for maintenance of litter, weeding, planting, removing flowers at year end or specific needs to enhance the beautification of a flowerbed
  • is a member of a team of 6 or more
  • is age 18 and older
Interested? Apply here

Denver Parks and Recreation recognizes the need and benefits of a clean and litter free parks. Denver has established an Adopt-A-Park program to enable civic groups, individuals and businesses to help keep their park and community beautiful.

The volunteer adopter:

  • agrees to provide volunteer support for maintenance of litter, weeding, planting, removing flowers at year end or specific needs to enhance the beauty of a specific park entity

Interested? Apply here

Denver Parks and Recreation recognizes the need and benefits of a clean and litter free parks. Denver has established an Adopt-A-Trail program to enable civic groups, individuals, families and businesses to help keep their trail and community beautiful.

The volunteer adopter:

  • agrees to provide volunteer support for maintenance of litter, weeding, planting, removing flowers at year end or specific needs to enhance the beautification of a specific trail entity

Interested? Apply here
Natural Areas
Are you interested in land restoration and learning more about native plants and wildlife habitat? The Natural Areas program offers several programs and volunteer projects throughout the year to allow adults and children to learn more about the nature in their own backyard.
  • Citizen Scientists are being recruited to assist with vegetation and wildlife monitoring and management
  • Community programs are being developed with specific tasks for scheduled times
  • Coyote Crew (Feb 15th)
  • Volunteer complete a variety of projects and provide environmental education >>
  • Water Critters – exploring Denver’s lakes and waterways to learn about macro-invertebrates (tiny water species) and water quality
  • Living with beaver- learning about the amazing beaver and protecting native trees in areas of activity
  • Weed warriors: invasive weed control combined with learning about native plants
Coaching Volunteers will assist with coaching youth ages 5 to 14 in basketball, flag football, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer and t-ball: The following qualifications are sought and requirements are needed:
  • ability to educate participants in the skills and basic fundamentals of the sport
  • ability to work with participants to develop and emphasize the fundamentals of team work and sportsmanship
  • ability to facilitate team practices one to two times per week
  • ability to attend all games
  • willingness to encourage a positive athletic experience and good sportsmanship
  • ability to attend a training session
  • successful completion a background check
  • willingness to HAVE FUN and be a positive role model

Volunteer Front Desk and Office Help will assist at recreation centers throughout Denver with:
  • basic office skills
  • front desk operations
  • customer service delivery
  • assist in typing, filing, answering phones, greeting public, providing customer service
  • registering the public for memberships and programs
  • a friendly personality
  • computer knowledge is helpful
  • a background check is required of all recreation center volunteers.

Program Enrichment Volunteers enhance our after school and summer camp programs by bringing innovative and interesting activities to the youth participants. Whether it be sewing, puppet making, magic, art, or other specialized area of interest, Denver Parks and Recreation would welcome your talents. Interested individuals will be required to have a background check.

Volunteers for Cleaning will help keep your neighborhood recreation center spotless by providing assistance with custodial duties. Flexibility in schedule is a plus, but not needed. A background check is required of all recreation center volunteers.


Contact the recreation center directly on the Recreation Center Page.

Contact: (303) 331-4050

To join VCP click HERE

The Volunteer Courtesy Patrol was created in 2011 by the Denver Parks and Recreation Ranger Program with help from BikeDenver, and is comprised of over 100 volunteers who are excited about helping their community.  Volunteers model good behavior for others, provide information to park and trail visitors including information about safety, provide mechanical and medical assistance as needed, report maintenance issues, and provide extra eyes and ears for the Denver Rangers.  They currently patrol Denver’s most visited areas including the Cherry Creek Trail, the South Platte River Trail, Washington Park, City Park, Cheesman Park, Bear Creek Park/Trail, and High Line Canal Trail. 

Volunteers receive a jersey, energy bars to give away, bike tubes to use when they come across those in need, and many other items.  They also receive various trainings through the year about Denver’s parks and trails including how to safely make contacts, how to fix and maintain bicycles, and CPR/First Aid.

Volunteers are expected to patrol 8-12 hours per month from May through August, and can continue to volunteer when able throughout the rest of the year. Volunteering is preferred when parks and trails are busiest, but can be completed any day of the week during daylight hours.  This could include time on a bicycle commuting to and from work.  If patrolling on bike, they will need to use their own bicycle and helmet. 

Recruitment and training happens once per year: recruitment begins in March, and initial training occurs in April.  Annually, 30-40 people are accepted into the program.  We hope to sign up volunteers who are passionate about Denver parks and trails, enjoy working with people, and who want to take an active role in caring for these areas. 

Thanks to our partners including BikeDenver, ClifBar, and Primal Wear!

Thank you for your interest!

Location Group Area Adopted
Barnum Dave Slowey Entire park/lakeshore
Bear Creek Trail Matthew Marin (individual Lamar to Wadsworth
Bear Creek Trail Synergy Lowell to Sheridan
Bear Valley Park  Bear Valley Assoc Sheridan to Wadsworth
Berkeley Lake Ellen Zachery  Lakeshore  
Bluff Lake Trail Westerly Creek Association Entire Area
Buchtel Blvd Trail Linda Steves Prairie Park along the Historic Buchtel Boulevard Trail from University to Colorado
Centennial Garden Colorado Convention Center Centennial Garden 
Centennial Garden Mile High Petanque Club Centennial Garden 
Cherry Creek Trail Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment  University to Colorado Blvd
Cherry Creek Trail LoDo Cares Blake to Delgany
Cherry Creek Trail Matthew Mariner Colfax to Wazee
Cherry Creek Trail from Jewell to Quebec Primal Wear & Alchemy Bicycle CO
Cherry  Creek Trail Bill Brunear By Four Mile house
Children’s playground
(25th & Stout)
Curtis Park Neighbors Playground
City of Potenza City of Potenza Sister Group  Bocce Court
Civic Park Support, Inc & Ian Tafoya Entire Park
Highline Canal Sandra Evans Florida to Cherry Creek Trail Intersection
Jefferson Park Matthew Narajka Entire Park
McWilliams Park Karen Coffey Dino structure (graffiti removal)
Overland Pond Overland Stewards Entire area
Platt Park Clark Family Entire Park
Red Rocks Friends of Red Rocks Entire Area
Sanderson Gulch Trail From Florida to Federal North Metro Community
Sanderson Gulch Trail Lipan to Platte River Victoria  Cornell
Sanderson Gulch Trail S. Federal to Lipan Jan Belle-SWIC
S. Platte River Trail Shalom Denver Globeville to 38th Ave
S. Platte River Trail Premier Specialty Contractors Grant Frontier to Dartmouth
Skyline Park Ready Talk Entire area
Sloans Lake Park Sloans Lake  Assoc Entire area
Speer & Wewatta Playground LoDo Law Books  Playground
Various parks Round Up Fellowship Lakeshores/parks
     
FLOWERBEDS:     
Cheeseman Rose Beds Cheesman Park Advocacy Group   
Mayfair Flowerbeds Mayfair Neighbors, Inc Started July, 2013
Rosamond Rosamond Park Garden Club  
Sloans Lake Flower Beds Melrose Foundation  
Southmoore Southmoore Association   
Several Locations Grow Local  
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