Volunteer with us!

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 Become a Volunteer

Prospective volunteers are required to fill out an online Volunteer Application and DCFS Authorization for Background Check.

If you are a volunteer coach, please click Coaches Forms and follow the necessary prompts.  

All other prospective volunteers, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the Application that applies to you by clicking the correct box below. The application will open in a new window of your internet browser. Follow the prompts and complete all required fields.  
  2. An automated email will be sent to you with a link to initiate the required DCFS Authorization for Background Check process.

Student Application (17 and Under)    Adult Application    Group Application  

 


Sign-Up for a Volunteer Opportunity!

Once you have completed the required steps above, email or call Becca,

rkrzyszkowski@napervilleparks.org or 630-848-3606, to sign-up for an opportunity below!  


Individual & Small Group Volunteer Opportunities:

Idea Garden Assistance

When: Saturdays at 9:00 am

Who: Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.

What: Volunteers will assist with regular maintenance of the Idea Gardens. Direction will be provided onsite by a Naperville Park District Volunteer.  

Kids' Night Out          

When: Friday's from 5:30 - 9:00 pm

July 19, 2024 - August 23, 2024 - September 20, 2024

Who: Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.

What: Volunteers may be climbing through the tunnels, making crafts and playing games with participants. Volunteers will assist with checking in the children and clean up after the event.

Junior Tour de Naperville Event Support

When: August 10 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Who: Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. Individuals 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Groups are welcome!

What: Volunteers will help set-up and tear down signs, flags and overall event needs. Volunteers may be stationed to help at participant check-in, snack/supplies tables, distributing promotional bags or directing participants along the race track. This event is outdoors where sunscreen, hats, and close toed shoes are encouraged!

NeuroFlex Fitness Support

When: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Who: Volunteers must be 19 years or older with an interest in exercise science or healthcare. 

What: Volunteers will assist participants with exercises for strengthening stability and movement.

Group Volunteer Opportunities (5+ individuals) :

Dates, times, and locations of group volunteer activities are flexible and will be decided between the group leader and Park District Staff.  

Dames Rocket Removal  

When: ASAP! Date and time can be scheduled based on your availability.

Who: Volunteers must be at least 15 years old to volunteer. Individuals 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Groups are welcome!

What: Volunteers will be provided with tools and direction to safely remove garlic mustard from designated parks.  

Landscape Bed Weeding

When: To be completed anytime!

Where: Varying parks within Naperville (park will be assigned once a date/time are solidified)

What: Volunteers will be given instructions on how to pull tree branches out of the wooded areas within a specific park area. Volunteer groups of 6 or more are recommended.  

Park Clean-Up

When: To be completed anytime!

Where: Varying parks within Naperville (park will be assigned once a date/time are solidified)

What: To keep our parks clean, volunteers will pick up garbage and debris throughout our parks and trails. Volunteers will be provided with the necessary materials including trash bags, sanitary gloves and litter pickers.  

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.

Idea Gardens

 Adopt A Park Handbook          Adopt A Park Application         Adopt A Park Waivers

Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Applications for 2024 projects currently closed. Applications for 2025 will open in Fall 2024.   

The Naperville Park District will select ten prospective scouts to complete a project from an internal list of project opportunities created by Park District employees. These projects are designed to enhance planning, development, and leadership skills. Scouts should anticipate completing their project by December 31, 2025.  

Scouts interested in proposing their own project idea may do so through the application below. However, scouts must understand the Park District has the right to decline any project application submitted and may need additional time to approve unique project ideas.  

Individuals interested in completing their Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award project with the Naperville Park District must complete the online application by clicking the BROWN button below.  

Scout Project Application