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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

 Fall Volunteer Opportunities

Parent/Child Campout  DATE CHANGED
When:       Saturday, Sept 24th   3:30 pm to 7: pm       1st shift  
                                                    6:30 pm to 10 pm       2nd shift
                  Sunday, Sept 25th     6:30 am to 9:30 am    3rd shift
Where:      Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL
Who:         Ages 15 to adult  2-4 volunteers per shift
What:        All volunteers should be friendly, responsible, outgoing, likes to camp and be outdoors, ok with warm weather conditions.  All volunteers should wear volunteer t shirt provided, dress for the weather, bring bug spray, hat, wear closed toed shoes.  1st shift volunteers will help staff with activities at the check in table, dinner and clean up. 2nd shift volunteers will assist with the campfire and make of smores.  The twilight hike by bringing up the rear and keeping the group together.  3rd shift volunteers will assist in setting up, preparing and cleaning up the breakfast for the campers.   Please note:  volunteer (and staff) should not help families set up/take down tents by carrying items to and from the parking lot is acceptable.  If interested in this event please contact Lynnette Hoole at 630-848-3606 or at  

Scenery Painting for Halloween Happening  DATE CHANGE
When:       Saturday, October 8th    8:00 am to 1 pm
Where:      Seager Park, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville, IL 60540  
Who:         10-20 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What:        Help freshen up, repaint and repair the scenery for the Halloween Happening event on Oct. 30th.  Volunteers who are artistic, handy with a hammer and nail, strong to move the sets and are just looking for something fun and different to do are welcome.  Volunteers are asked to wear clothes that get dirty and are comfortable.  If interested please contact 


BINGO  Start time CHANGE
When:      Thursday, Oct 6th        12:00 - 2:45 pm FILLED
                 Thursday, Oct 20th      12:00 - 2:45 pm  FILLED
                 Thursday, Nov 17th      12:00 - 2:45 pm
                 Thursday, Dec. 1th       12:00 - 2:45 pm FILLED
                 Thursday, Dec. 15th     12:00 - 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 


Nature Center Front Desk Volunteer
When:     Saturdays  9 am to 12 noon  
                                 12 noon to 3 pm  
                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.

Office help with Seussical
When:     Monday, October 3, 2016  8:30 am -  12 noon,  1 pm to 5 pm  (variable times available)
Where:    Administration Offices of the Naperville Park District, 320 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville
Who:       2-3 volunteers ages 18 years to adult
What:      This project will have the volunteers help with making copies of Seussical materials needed for the start of rehearsal Oct, 17th. The availability of the volunteer can be scheduled to fit the volunteers schedules.  This project will require approximately 20 hours.  If you are interested in more information regarding this volunteer opportunity please contact Lynnette Hoole at or call 630-848-3606.

Ribbon Cutting for Walnut Ridge Playground
When:     Tuesday, October 4th  4:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Where:    Walnut Ridge Park,  2304 Keim Drive, Naperville, IL 
Who:       1 - 2 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What:      Assist with the set up of the event and mingle with the guests handing out event bags.  If interested in this volunteer opportunity please contact or call 630-848-3606 

Ghost Stories in the Park in the Dark
When:       Friday, October 7th  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
                  Saturday, October 8th  4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
                  Sunday, October 9th  5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Who:          1 - 2 volunteers ages 14 to adult
Where:     Grand Pavilion,  at Centennial Park Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville, IL  (enter Centennial Park at Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave Naperville, to to the back of the parking lot and turn right to Sindt Court. 
What:        Volunteers help set up for the event and check in guests, at the end of the event volunteers will help with the clean up. Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather.  If interested please contact to volunteer for this event. 

Creepy Critters Day
When:       Monday, October 10th, 2016  1st shift    9:30 am - 11:30 am
                                                                        2nd shift  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Where:      Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:         5-8 volunteers per shift
What:        Volunteers will set up stations for the events of the day, indoor and outdoor.  Each station will have a training provided at the event, 1st shift will train the 2nd shift as they arrive.  Volunteers should be friendly, outgoing, like working with children.  Not be afraid of bugs/insects, snakes or toads.  Some volunteers will be working outside even if it is chilly.  Volunteers will wear the NPD Volunteer t shirt over their own clothes during this event.  This event is free to the public and has many participants.  If you are interested please contact Lynnette Hoole @ 

Ron Ory Community Garden Plot Gleaning
When:      Tuesday, October 11th,   8 am to 12 noon  (rain date Wednesday, Oct. 12th)
Where:     Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, 811 S. West Street., Naperville, IL 
Who:        10-50 volunteers.  variations of shifts during this time is acceptable
What:       Volunteers will gather and sort vegetables left in the plot after the growing season that will be donated to the local food bank, Loaves and Fishes.  Group and individuals are welcome.  Tools are provided.

Halloween Happening
When:        Sunday, October 30th  12 noon to 4:30 pm
Where:       Centennial Park, Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville, IL 60540  
                    Come into the parking lot of Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville then
                   come to the back of the parking lot and turn right onto Sindt Court
Who:          130 volunteers, ages 14 to adult
What:         Help set up for the event, the volunteers will run the games for the young children and hand out the candy as prizes for playing the games.  Volunteers must be able to be out in the park for 4.5 hours, standing.  Volunteers are asked to come in costume, nothing scary or inappropriate for young children. At the end of the event, volunteers will disassemble the games, pack up the game pieces and return the pieces and unused candy to the staging area with staff.  Pizza and soda is provided to the volunteers at this time.  This is a great opportunity for scouts, groups, clubs and individual volunteers.  If interested please contact 

Royal Ball
When:   Friday, November 11th      1st shift    3 pm to 4:30 pm

                                                         2nd shift  5 pm to 8:30 pm
               Saturday, November 12th  8 am to 11:30 am 
Where:  Alfred Rubin Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL
Who:     Friday, Nov 11th 1st shift 5 volunteers
               Friday, Nov  11th 2nd shift 5 volunteers
               Saturday, Nov 12th 5 volunteer
               14 years to adult 
What:    Volunteers for the first shift on Fri, Nov 11th will set up the event.  They should dress comfortable in clothes they can easily move in and are able to reach and stretch in.  Volunteer for the 2nd shift on Friday, Nov. 11th and Saturday, Nov. 12th should dress in business casual.  Dresses are permitted but no high heels please.  All volunteers will be given an apron to wear over their own clothes. Both male and female volunteers are needed for this event. If interested please contact 




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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