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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. 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 online volunteer application. Please follow these two steps,
 1st step is to complete 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, complete and sign the background check form for the DCFS and return to the Volunteer Coordinator. 

Students (17 and under) 

Adults (18 and up) 

All applicants  must  complete 

We will then contact you to confirm your interest and assignment

   Volunteer Opportunities 

When:        Thursday, Sept 21, 2017         12 noon - 2:30 p.m.  FILLED
                     Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017            12 noon - 2:30 p.m.
                     Thursday, Oct 19, 2017           12 noon - 2:30 p.m.
                     Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017            12noon - 2:30 p.m.
                     Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017          12 noon - 2:30 p.m.
                     Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017            12 noon - 2:30 p.m.
                     Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017          12 noon - 2:30 p.m.
Where:        Alfred Rubin Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, Community Hall (upper level)
Who:           two to three volunteers, ages 16 years to adult
What:          Volunteers will set up for the event, serve the lunch and verify bingo numbers.  One volunteer will
                     call the numbers for each game.

Fall Family Camp Out
When:        Saturday, September 23, 2017   1st shift    2:30 p.m. -  5:30 p.m.
                                                                          2nd shift   5:50 p.m. -  8:30 p.m.
                   Sunday, September 24, 2017     3rd shift:   6:00 a.m.  - 9:00 a.m.
Where:       Knoch Knolls Park, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565
Who:          Two to four volunteers per shift   ages 16 years to adult
What:         1st shift:  Volunteers will help set up/clean up dinner, drinks, check out games, nets, etc.  
                   encourage/play with the children while parents are setting up tents
                   2nd shift:  Volunteers will assist with hikes, making smores, and other duties as assigned.
                   3rd shift:   Volunteers will help set up/clean up breakfast, other duties as assigned. 
                   All volunteers should like children, hiking, being outside in hot or cool weather and capable of 
                   interacting with other people.  Volunteers will not help families set up or take down any tents
                   carrying items from or two cars is acceptable.  Shifts that occur during meal time will be included 
                   for volunteers during that shift.  All volunteers should bring bug spray, water bottle, hat, jacket
                   and wear sturdy shoes that tie. 


Arbor Way and Springfield Park tree ring mulching
When:            Friday, Sept 29, 2017   4 - 6:30 p.m.
                      Saturday, Sept 30th 2017  8 a.m. - Noon
Where:          Arbor Way Park, 204 Cedarbrook Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:             Ten to thirty volunteers ages 12 years (with an adult) to adult
What:            Volunteers will load mulch into wheelbarrows, move mulch to the base of the tree and dump
                      the mulch, another volunteer will move the mulch to the shape of a ring around the base.
                      Litter picking, gathering sticks from the park for the mowers.  This is a great community
                      project for scouts, families and anyone.

Fort Hill Activity Center Parents Night Out
When:         Friday's for the following dates, 4 - 6 volunteers should arrive by 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. unless
                    otherwise noted.
                     October 27 - Spooktacular,  8 - 10 volunteers are asked to dress in age appropriate
                     costumes for this event.  Volunteers to arrive by 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
                     November 17 - Gobble Gobble Fun
                     December 22 - Gingerbread Hunt
                     January 19, 2018  - Winter Wonderland
                     February 16, 2018 - Sweet Hearts
                     March 16, 2018 - Luck of the Irish, 6 - 8 volunteers are requested for this event. 
Who:            Four to six volunteers unless otherwise noted.  Ages 14 to adult
Where:        Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 
What:           Volunteers will assist staff with the activities planned for the young children for the event.  Volunteers
                     should dress comfortable and in season for the event if possible.  Aprons are available for 
                     Volunteers needing them.  

Ghost Stories in the Park
When:     Friday, October 6, 2017        6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
                Saturday, October 7, 2017    5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
                Sunday, October 8, 2017       6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where:    Riverwalk Grand Pavilion  912 Sindt Court, Naperville (inside Centennial Park)
Who:       Two to three volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:      Volunteers will help set up and take down the show scenery.  They will direct guests to
                 the proper seating area and serve cider and cookies after the show.  Volunteers are
                 asked to dress for the weather. 


Creepy Critters Day at Knoch Knolls Nature Center 
When:         Monday, October 9, 2017     1st shift       9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
                                                                  2nd shift     12 noon - 2:30 p.m.
Where:        Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:           Six to eight volunteers per shift  volunteer minimum age 16 years to adult
What:          Volunteers will help set up for the event, work at various stations (tbd) greeting and interacting
                     with the guests.  All second shift volunteers are expected to help with clean up and take down.
                     Onsite training will be provided.  Volunteers for this event should enjoy working and interacting
                     with children and adults.  Volunteers will be in near snakes, spiders, salamanders which 
                     will be live onsite.  Volunteers will not hold any of these creepy citters but they will be near them.
                     Please dress for the weather this will have some stations that will be outside of the building on the deck.  

Naperville Community Garden Plots Gleaning
When:      Tuesday, October 10, 2017   8 a.m. to 12 noon
Where:     Ron Ory Community Garden Plots,  West Street, Naperville, IL
Who:         Volunteers all ages and abilities
What:        Volunteers help gather all produce left in the plots to be donated to Loaves and Fishes.
                  Tasks include gathering from the top soil, digging for root vegetables, sorting for donation pick up. 

Halloween Happening
When:      Sunday, October 29, 2017       11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where:     Riverwalk Grand Pavilion    912 Sindt Court, Naperville, (inside Centennial Park)
Who:        Volunteers ages 12 to adult  
What:       Volunteers will help set up the game they are assigned, run the game and hand out candy to
                 the children participating.  Volunteers are asked to wear a costume in the spirit of the season,
                 nothing too scary or not appropriate for young children.  Volunteers will be served refreshements
                 after the event is done and proof of hours sheets will be signed at that time. 


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. 

Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole can be reached at or 630-848-3606


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