Volunteer with Denver Parks & Recreation

Overview

volunteer groups planting trees, maintaining gardens

Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year, giving groups, individuals, and businesses the chance to help keep their parks and community healthy and beautiful. With over 21,000 acres of urban and mountain park land, 30 Recreation Centers and numerous programs and amenities, there’s always somewhere volunteers are needed! Learn more about the different ways you can get involved in the following sections. 

Volunteer Opportunity Calendar

Denver Parks and Recreation offers numerous opportunities for interested volunteers to give back to the City’s parks every year. Create an account on Go Denver Parksto browse and sign up for all volunteer opportunities.

Go Denver Parks is DPR’s volunteer hub where individuals and groups can:

  • Search for and sign up for volunteer projects and other activities
  • Request a one-day volunteer project for your group

Featured Projects

Earth Day: April 22

Montbello Central Park  (5050 Argonne St)
8:00-11:00 a.m.
Join DPR to celebrate Earth Day 2024-- Volunteers will mulch trees, remove debris in the park, weed garden beds, and rake pine needles away from trees. Your efforts will help ensure that Montbello Central Park remains beautiful and well maintained. 

Register Now

Arbor Day: May 11

Cheesman Park (8th Ave. & Franklin)
8:00-11:00 a.m.
Make a difference this Arbor Day by helping to support the health of Denver's urban forest! Volunteers are needed to help plant trees at Cheesman Park. 

Register Now

Email Tina.Myers@denvergov.org with questions. 


One-Day Project Request

Denver Parks & Recreation offers one-day volunteer projects throughout the year, offering groups, individuals and businesses the opportunity to help keep their park and community beautiful. Potential projects include:

  • Graffiti removal
  • Trash and debris removal
  • Mulching trees and shrub beds
  • Planting flowers, shrubs
  • Tree planting (Spring & Fall)
  • Gardening
  • Playground maintenance
  • Trail maintenance

If interested, please create an account on Go Denver Parks and fill out a One-Day Project Request Form.


Mountain Parks

Denver's park system includes 14,000 acres of mountain parkland including 22 accessible parks and 24 conservation areas. These areas crate the city's "backyard" park system and make it one of the most unique and expansive in the country. 

The mountain parks require ongoing volunteer support from heavy use. In addition to opportunities listed on Go Denver Parks, volunteer opportunities include 

Create a Go Denver Parks account to get involved in mountain parks volunteer projects. 


Wildlife & Environmental Education

Lights Out Denver

How You Can Help
Lights Out Denver needs citizen scientists to help gather data on bird collisions in Denver’s downtown area during the Spring (March-May) and Fall (August-October) migration seasons.  A team of volunteers will patrol a route in downtown to inspect the ground for deceased and injured birds, collecting the specimens, recording their findings, and reporting with the project coordinator.

Skill Requirement
Everyone is welcome.  Must be able to walk, wheel, or bike along route and handle light equipment. Bird identification skills are a plus, but non-essential.  If you enjoy seeing the sunrise over our beautiful city and want to see our city become a leader in bird conservation, we’d love to have you join our team.  Please contact Vicki Vargas-Madrid at Victoria.Vargas-Madrid@denvergov.org or 720-865-4334. 

Learn more about this program.


Wildlife Education

DPR is looking for Volunteers to assist with providing wildlife education to the public at Evergreen Lake, Evergreen Golf Course, Dedisse Park, and the surrounding area.

Mission of the Wildlife Watch Volunteer Program 
Interact with lake, golf course, and park visitors to provide information about the local wildlife species and their habits -using materials provided by Evergreen Nature Center to enhance visitors’ understanding of the wildlife around the lake and its surrounding area; Foster interest and enthusiasm for wildlife;  Educate visitors about appropriate behavior when around wildlife. Participating volunteers will be asked to attend an in-person Training session in May, before the busy season starts. If interested, please email vicki.vargas-madrid@denvergov.org for additional information. 

Recreation Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to supporting DPR's diverse recreation program offerings. There are a variety of areas to get involved in, such as Youth Sports, Adaptive Recreation, Arts & Culture, Outdoor Recreation, and Out-of-School activities. 

Download a volunteer application and email the completed document to Volunteers.Recreation@denvergov.org

Learn more about recreation volunteer opportunities:

Coaching

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 

 

Program Enrichment

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.

Email Volunteers.Recreation@denvergov.org with questions. 

Free Meals for Youth

Volunteers are needed to assist recreation staff with serving free meals to youth, which could include breakfast, lunch, snacks or supper. Free meal programs are often accompanied with fun recreational activities, so there are additional volunteer opportunities in that area as well. 

Meal programs for summer food and afterschool are geared to serve all youth, ages 18 and younger, and are located at numerous Denver recreation centers across the city. Learn more and review a complete list of meal sites and times.

All volunteers must be at least 15 years old, complete an application and pass a background check. To apply, please email andrea.garcia@denvergov.org.

 


Park Stewardship Adoptees

Park adoptees are the superstars of DPR parks volunteering and critical to the ongoing care of the City’s parks! Being a Park Adoptee represents a long term commitment. Volunteers support DPR regularly via an agreed upon scope of work. Adoptee work  includes planting, mulching, painting, litter removal, maintenance of flower beds and other important tasks.

If you’re interested in adopting your favorite park or trail as Park Adoptee, please contact Tina Myers to inquire. Expand the panel below to see the list of current park adoptees:

Park Stewardship Adoptees

Location Group Area Adopted
Bear Valley Park Bear Valley Association Bear Valley Trail
Bluff Lake Trail Westerly Creek Association Entire Area
Buchtel Blvd Trail Linda Steves
Centennial Garden Mile High Petanque Club
Cherry Creek Trail Bill Brunear By 4 Mile house
Cherry Creek Trail Colo. Department of Public Health & Enviornment University to Colorado Blvd
Cherry Creek Trail Dorsey and Whitney Confluence to Wazee
Cherry Creek Trail LoDo Cares Blake to Delgany
Cherry Creek Trail The Rotary Club of Denver Wazee to Colfax
Cherry Creek Trail Tom and Drea Sandner Lincoln to Broadway
Cherry Creek Trail Travelers Kennedy Golf Course to Dartmouth
Children’s playground (25th& Stout) Curtis Park Neighbors
City of Potenza City of Potenza Sister Group Bocce Court
City of Takayama Denver Takayama Sister City
Rocky Mtn Bonsai Society
Entire Park
Commons Park Hogan Lovells, USLLP Entire Park
Confluence Park The Greenway Foundation Entire Park
Crestmoor Park Crestmoor Association Entire Park
Cuernavaca Park Gusto Entire Park
Garfield Park Victoria Cornell Entire Park
Gates Crescent Park Project Helping Entire Park
Harvard Gulch Park Tom Montoya Entire Park
Jefferson Park Brian Rowland Entire Park
Johnson Habitat The Greenway Foundation Entire Park
Nettie Moore Ray Stone Entire Park
Northfield Pond Ben Johnson Entire Pond
Red Rocks Friends of Red Rocks Entire Area
Rocky Mtn Lake Shore Ellen Zachary around lakeshore
S. Platte River Trail Service Source Fishback to Bronco Bridge
S. Platte River Trail Scott Avery Bronco Bridge to 8th Ave
S. Platte River Trail Yvonne Moss 3rd Ave(behind Waste Water Building) to Milstein Park
Sloans Lake Park Sloans Lake Assoc Entire Park
Speer & Wewatta Playground LoDo Cares Playground
Speer & Wewatta Playground Crestone Playground
"The Grove" at the Commons Friends of the Grove The Grove at Commons Park
Washington Park FANS of Washington Park Entire Park
FLOWERBEDS:
Cheeseman Rose Beds Cheesman Park Advocacy Group
Confluence Flowerbeds REI
Rosamond Rosamond Park Garden Club
Sloans Lake Flower Beds Melrose Foundation
Vegetable Gardens at Observatory, Civic and Harvard Park Grow Local Vegetable Gardens
DOG PARK:
Berkeley Dog Park Berkeley Neighborhood
Fuller Dog Park Smithfield/Premium Pet Health
Kennedy Dog Park The Body Shop
Rail Yard Dog Park OmniTrax