Opportunities to volunteer with M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County are almost unlimited! Individuals and groups can help on a one-day project or on an ongoing basis.
Effective November 1, 2021, all individuals must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or receive an exemption from the Department of Parks and Recreation before volunteer service can begin.
Safe, accessible, and attractive parks are part of all healthy and vibrant communities. We operate and maintain more than 28,600 acres of Prince George’s County park land used by thousands of visitors each year for outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, cycling, fitness, and nature education.
Local volunteer and service groups partner with the Department of Parks and Recreation to assist in the beautification and maintenance of these parks and open spaces. This is your group’s opportunity to help protect and preserve our land and natural habitats and create a desirable and safe park system for everyone to enjoy.
Groups can volunteer for a one-day project or dedicate themselves to a particular park or trail for long-term beautification and maintenance. All volunteers receive project coordination, safety orientation, and materials needed for the specific project from M-NCPPC Park Rangers prior to the start of their service.
Anyone can become a trail volunteer!
Volunteer groups can include:
Volunteer groups may adopt one of our parks, natural areas, or facilities. Responsibilities include park beautification, reporting park needs, installing and monitoring bird nesting boxes, and other environmental projects. Groups are recognized with signage at the adopted park.
Volunteer groups adopt sections of paved or natural trails, reporting trail needs, and performing small projects. Groups are asked for a commitment of at least 2 years and are recognized with signs along their section of the trail.
Support a variety of environmental and wildlife efforts that include conducting wildlife and plant inventories and assisting with wildlife habitat projects.
Improve local streams, ponds, and rivers through ongoing clean-up projects along the Anacostia, Patuxent, and Potomac Rivers or their tributaries. Work side-by-side with a Park Ranger conducting water-quality testing, identification of living organisms, and planting aquatic plants.
Identify and remove non-native plants found within the park system to help improve the overall health of our forests and allow native plants to flourish.
he Park Police Community Volunteer Academy is offered to the community to inform participants about the functions of the Park Police and the law. The academy training is offered annually, one night a week for 8 weeks. Students receive instruction from experienced Park Police officers, Park Police Volunteer Association members, prosecutors, and others who work in law enforcement or public safety.
Topics of discussion include:
Those who fully complete the training receive a certificate of completion. Academy participants can also obtain first aid and CPR certifications.
After successfully completing the volunteer academy, graduates may volunteer as members of the Park Police Volunteer Association (PPVA). Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to the following; bike and foot patrol, fingerprinting, and assisting at festivals and bicycle rodeos. The volunteers have proven to be a great asset to the Park Police Division.
This year PPVA improved its “KidsPrint” program by purchasing a child digital fingerprinting machine through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. The program offers a series of child digital fingerprinting events where parents bring their children, ages 3 to 15 years old, to be fingerprinted and photographed. No information is stored or uploaded to a database; the parent receives a printout of the child’s information to store for safe keeping.
For more information about the Park Police Volunteer Association (PPVA) contact the Volunteer Services Office below.
Volunteer Services Office
Students can earn Student Service Learning hours for many volunteer opportunities. Check out the different options here.
The Department of Parks and Recreation does not accept court-ordered volunteer service. Visit the SHARE Food Network or Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility for volunteer opportunities.
Important Reminders for Summer Program Volunteer Opportunities:
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