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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

The Beach Bum Weeders cleaning up Centennial Beach!


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 required to fill out the online volunteer application.  Please follow these three steps.
1st step is to complete the student or adult application.  Hold your cursor over the 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.  Then return this form to the Volunteer Manager
3rd step email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your volunteer selection.  Include the name of the event, date and time of the shift you are requesting.
 

Students (17 and under)



Adults (18 and up)

 

All applicants  must  complete

Volunteer Opportunities  

Click here to go to the Earth Week Naperville Website - Volunteer Opportunities  

*All questions regarding volunteer opportunities please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  630-848-3606.


Litter Picking
When:       This project is ongoing and can be scheduled to fit your availability
Where:      Various locations in our parks 
Who:         Individuals, groups all ages are welcome
What:        Volunteers will be supplied with a map of the park, bags for the litter, plastic gloves and directions on how to litter pick in the 
                   location.  Service hours are posted to your volunteer profile and are good for service hours and conservations hours typically.  
                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send Lynnette Hoole to find out more about this ongoing opportunity. 

Family Camp Out - FILLED
When:     Saturday, September 14th,  2019  
                    1st shift   2:30 pm - 5:30 pm   FILLED
                    2nd shift  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  FILLED
                Sunday, September 15th, 2019
                    1st shift   6 am - 9 am 
Where:     Knoch Knolls Park, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:        Two to three volunteers per shift, ages 16 years to adult
What:       1st shift Sat. Sept 14th  Helping set up dinner, drinks, check out games, nets, etc. encourage/play with
                  the children games with balls etc. while parents are setting up tents. 
                  2nd shift Sat. Sept 14th  Clean up dinner, assist with making smores or on the hike, other duties as needed.
                  1st shift Sun. Sept. 15th  Help set up/clean up breakfast, assist families with check out, other duties as needed. 

Family Camp Out
When:     Saturday, September 21st,  2019  
                    1st shift   2:30 pm - 5:30 pm   FILLED
                    2nd shift  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
                Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
                    1st shift   6 am - 9 am 
Where:     Knoch Knolls Park, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:        Two to three volunteers per shift, ages 16 years to adult
What:       1st shift Sat. Sept 14th  Helping set up dinner, drinks, check out games, nets, etc. encourage/play with
                  the children games with balls etc. while parents are setting up tents. 
                  2nd shift Sat. Sept 14th  Clean up dinner, assist with making smores or on the hike, other duties as needed.
                  1st shift Sun. Sept. 15th  Help set up/clean up breakfast, assist families with check out, other duties as needed. 

RainOut date for both Camp Out dates is Saturday, September 28th - 29th

Kids' Parents Night Out
When:        Friday,  Sept 20th    6- 9 pm
                   Friday,  Oct 25th
                   Friday, Nov 15th
                   Friday, Dec. 13th
Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 60540    Childcare Room
Who:         3-4 volunteers per night  ages 13 years to adult (12 year old volunteers are welcome if accompanied by an adult)
What:        Volunteers will be with the young children, playing in the tubes, doing activities, and playing games. Please dress comfortable
                  and wear socks.  

Mother/Don Superhero Night

When:        Saturday, Oct 5, 2019  5 - 9 pm
Where:       Ranchview Elem. School, 1651 Ranchview Drive, Naperville, IL
Who:         10-12 volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:        Volunteers will set up the event decorations, run the refreshement table, photography booth, interact 
                  with the guests.  Assisting the DJ by showing the participants how to do some of the dances.  All
                  volunteers will assist in cleaning up and taking down the decorations at the end of the night. 

Creepy Critters Day
When:       Monday, October 14th, 2019  8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where:      Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:         Three to five volunteers ages 16 years to adult
What:        Volunteers will able to assist with activities including; digging for worms, craft stations, spider investigations, and more.  Volunteers should not 
                  be bothered by large crowds and comfortable with animals, worms, cockraoches or snakes.  Most of all enjoy working with children/families. 
                  To be considered to volunteer for this opportunity please contact Lynnette Hoole;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Halloween Happening

When:       Saturday October 26th, 2019    12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Where:      Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 500 Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 
Who:         100 - 150 volunteers ages 14 years to adult (12 years old can volunteer with a parent)
What:        Volunteers will enjoy an afternoon of running the games for the young children, handing out candy.  Volunteers are encouraged to come dressed
                  in appropriate costumes for the afternoon.  If you decided to not come in costume then you are encouraged to come in your school spirit wear. 
                  Volunteers will leave with proof of hours and a coupon to Lou's for a personal size pizza at the end of the day.  
 

Pumpkin Smash
When:
         
Saturday, November 2nd 2019  8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where:        Ron Ory Community Garden Plots 811 S. West. Street, Naperville, IL 
Who:           12 - 18 volunteers  ages 16 years to adult
What:          Volunteers will help carry pumpkins from the vehicles to the tables to be inspected and weighed, direct traffic flow.  These volunteers should enjoy
                    being outside in all weather conditions, willing to help people and have an interest in the environment.  The composting of these pumpkins is 
                    helping to conserve water and nutrients to the soil.   Please contact Lynnette Hoole for information regarding helping with this service project. 
                    To volunteer for this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  with the day and times you are available for this volunteer service.

 

 


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630-848-3606 to provide proof of hours or signature for proof of hours.

Handbook
Application

 
 

Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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