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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District



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. We need receptionists for our senior adult programs, special event helpers, coaches for youth sports, and more. 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 asked to fill out our new online volunteer application. Please follow these  two steps,
    1st step is to fill out the student or adult application. Hold your cursor over the word application below in the next paragraph, then click to open the portal. 

    2nd step is to print off and fill out the background check form for the DCFS and return to the Volunteer Coordinator. Hold your cursor over the word authorization in the next paragraph and then click to open the page. 

Students (17 and under) should complete the

Adults (18 and up) should complete the

All applicants  must  fill out the

We will then contact you to confirm your interest and assignment

Take the Parks Volunteer Training Course

Summer Volunteer Opportunities


                   Thursday, Aug 4th       12:30 - 2:45 pm Filled
                   Thursday, Aug 18th     12:30 - 2:45 pm Filled
Thursday, Sept 8th      12:30 - 2:45 pm Filled
                   Thursday, Sept 22nd   12:30 - 2:45 pm
                   Thursday, Oct 6th        12:30 - 2:45 pm
                   Thursday, Oct 20th      12:30 - 2:45 pm  Filled
                   Thursday, Nov. 3rd       12:30 - 2:45 pm
                   Thursday, Nov 17th      12:30 - 2:45 pm
                   Thursday, Dec. 1th       12:30 - 2:45 pm
                   Thursday, Dec. 15th     12:30 - 2:45 pm

Where:     Alfred Rubin Center, Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL.
Who:        2-3  volunteers per shift, ages 16 to adult.  All volunteers may be interviewed for this opportunity before starting as a Bingo volunteer.  Skills for these volunteers cannot be determined online.  Volunteers must commit for a minimum of 2 dates.
What:       Volunteers will help serve lunch, replenish drinks, assist with consolation prize basket, clean up after the event and other tasks requested by the Bingo Coordinator. To help with this event please contact 

Earth Day ~ It's a season not just a day
When:      Various times during the spring season  
Where:      Various locations around the city of Naperville. 
Who:         Scouts, Homeowner Assoc., clubs, individuals
 Cutting saplings and raking of debris at May Watts, removing downed branches and removal of buckthorn at Huntington Estates Park, cutting willows along the ponds edge at Brighton Ridge, chipping the trail along Pioneer Greenway, spreading mulch along the trail at Riverwoods, mulching trees at West Glen Commons, spreading mulch at Farmington Park. Large groups and smaller groups are needed, individuals can join in with others.   Contact Lynnette Hoole @ 630-848-3606 for locations and dates.

Nature Center Front Desk Volunteer
When:     Saturdays  9 am to 12 noon  FILLED
                                 12 noon to 3 pm   FILLED
                Sundays   12 noon to 3 pm
Where:    Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
Who:       1 volunteer per shift, 18 years to adult 
What:      These volunteers would be at the front desk of the Nature Center two shifts per month.  Greet visitors and orient them to the nature center. Keep a tally of the number of visitors during your shift. Respond to phone calls and basic inquiries, provide basic information about the nature center and NPD programs. These volunteers should have a friendly positive attitude, be comfortable communicating with the general public and be interested in ecology and natural history. Orientation and training is provided to these volunteers. Volunteer are asked to wear a volunteer shirt that will be provided.  If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity please contact or call 630-848-3606.

Concert in Your Park FILLED
When:    Sundays,  6:15 pm to 8:45 PM
July 31st      Rotary Hill  443 Aurora Ave., Naperville 
Who:      4 to 6 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What:     Volunteers will hand out raffle tickets, pass out Naperville Park District materials and giveaways.  Volunteers will help at the end of the event clean up of the park area used and packing sponsor materials. To volunteer for this you will need to wear a volunteer t shirt that will be provided to the each volunteer and sign up to volunteer at 3 concert dates.  Contact Lynnette Hoole @ or call 630-848-3606 each volunteer must have a volunteer application and DCFS form on file. 

Centennial Beach 
When:    June 6th thru Aug 13th
               Monday thru Friday 2:30 pm to 5 pm
               The following days are filled

               Saturday and Sunday 4 to 6 pm

Where:   Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL
Who:      2 volunteers per day
What:     Volunteers will help staff keep the beach area clean and tidy.  Volunteers will be helping by picking up small pieces of litter, helping with the trash, sweeping the pool deck and other tasks as assigned.  Each volunteer will be required to sign up for a minimum of 4 days and wear a volunteer t shirt that will be provided.  If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity please contact and complete necessary paperwork available at the top of this page.

Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment
When & Where:   
                                 Tuesday, July 26th   Frontier Park    3415 Book Road, Naperville, IL FILLED
                                 11 am to 12:30 pm 
Who:                       2 - 4 volunteer ages 14 to adult
What:                     Assist the performer to engage the guests, volunteers should be interested in the younger ages of children and interacting with them.  Volunteers will also be asked to hand out sponsor materials and clean up at the end of the event.  T shirts are required and will be provided if you do not already have one.  To volunteer for this event you must select 3 dates and have a volunteer application and DCFS form on file before the day of the event.  If  interested in volunteering for this please contact Lynnette Hoole @ or call 630-983-6166.

Nature Art Week
When:      August 6 - 14th
                 Saturday, Aug 6th & Saturday, Aug 13th  9 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm
                 Sunday, Aug 7th & Sunday, Aug 14th      12 noon to 2:30 pm, 2:30 - 5 pm
                 Monday, Aug 8th thru Friday Aug 12th     9 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm
Where:     Knoch Knoll Nature Center, 320 W. Knoch Knoll Road, Naperville, IL
Who:        4 - 8 volunteer per day for 2 hour shifts alternating between inside and outside activities
                  18 years to adult
What:       Volunteers will facilitate inside art room activities and "self-guided" outside activities during the hours of operation of the Nature Center. These volunteers will alternate between inside and outside volunteer stations on a 2 hour shift.  This event runs for 9 days and volunteers are asked to volunteer for at least 2 of the 9 days.  Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather, sunscreen hat, bug spray and wear a volunteer apron.  Volunteers should like to interact with adults and children, can tolerate summer temperatures for 2 hours, can tolerate standing for a 2 hour shift, and enjoy the opportunity to facilitate outdoor, craft and art exhibit viewing experiences.


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. or 630-848-3606




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