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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

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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 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.  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.
 

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Volunteer Opportunities  

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

 

Critter Clue Club
When:         Monday, March 25 thru Thursday, March 28  9:00 am. - 12:30 pm
Who:           One to two volunteers ages 16 years to adult
Where:        Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 
What:          Volunteers will help the naturalist with 10-12 children, ages 5 to 6 years old.  The camp will be outside during the morning volunteers 
                     should come prepared.  Dress for the weather, bring water and a snack for yourself.  This is a great camp for a volunteer interested in 
                     the outdoors, nature and working with children.  

Spring Eggstravaganza
When:        Saturday, April 13th   8 am to 12 noon
Who:          Twelve to fifteen volunteers ages 14 years to adult
Where:       Seager Park Interpretive Center,  1163 Plank Road, Naperville
What:         Volunteers will assist with setting up the event, then assist with the crafts, games and activities.  All volunteers are asked to assist with clean up. 
                    This is an outdoor event, and volunteers are asked to dress for the weather.  One volunteer is need to be the Bunny for this event.  
                    The Costume is provided. 

Flash Light Egg Hunt
When:        Thursday, April 18th  4:30 - 9 pm
Who:          Sixteen to twenty four volunteers  ages 14 years to adult
Where:       Knoch Knolls Park, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville IL
What:         Volunteers will assist in the set up of the event, distribution of the eggs in the upper picnic grove.  Monitor the area so that children do not peak. 
                    Volunteers will be vital in distributing the prizes after the hunt and then clean up of the park area.  Volunteers needing signatures for proof of 
                    hours will be given a NPD proof of hours for these service hours.  

Fort Hill Activity Center Kids' 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.
                    April 19, 2019  April Showers
                    May 17, 2019  Schools Out
Who:          Four to six volunteers unless otherwise noted.  Ages 14 to adult
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Centre, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 
What:         Volunteers will assist staff with the activities planned for the young children. There are
                    aprons available for volunteers needing them.    

The Big Shred Event
When:       Saturday, April 27, 2019  7:30 am - 11:30 am
Who:         10-20 volunteers ages 16 years to adult
Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, parking lot
What:        Volunteers must be able to life 20 lbs at a time.  Volunteers must be able to communicate clearly in English.  Volunteers will help unload the items
                   to be shredded from the vehicles, some will direct traffic in the parking lot.  All volunteers will be issued yellow safety vests to wear during this
                   volunteer event.  Volunteers should dress for the weather, this will go in all weather and bring your own gloves.  Be part of the Earth Day Naperville
                   and get service/conservation hours.  This is a great opportunity for scouts and families interested in the Earth Day events. To register for this
                   event please email Lynnette Hoole @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Road Rally
When:       Saturday, April 27, 2019   3 pm - 8 pm
Who:         Fifteen to eighteen volunteers ages 14 years to adult
Where:      Volunteers will be stationed at three different locations in Naperville. 5 volunteers per site. 
What:        Volunteers will facilitate the games at each location.  Games and information for each site will be at a Pre Race Meeting on 
                   Thursday, April 25th  7 pm  Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville.  Service hours include the Pre Race Meeting.  

Kite Festival 
When:        Sunday, June 2nd 2019   1st shift      9:30 am  - 1 pm
                                                            2nd shift    1:00 pm  - 4 pm
Who:          Thirteen to fifteen volunteers per shift ages 14 years to adult
Where:        Frontier Park,  3380 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville
|What:         Volunteers will be outside during this festival.  Volunteers should dress for the weather.  Volunteers will supervise inflatables or assist with
                     craft area.   Volunteers will be required to wear NPD Volunteer t shirts during this festival.  
                     When you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please let us know the shift and size t shirt you would prefer. 

Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment
When:         Tuesday's at 11 am - 12:30pm 
                              June 11th   Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville
                              June 18th   River Walk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville 
                              June 25th   Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville
                              July 9th      Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville
                              July 16th    Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville
                              July 23rd    Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville
Who:          Two volunteers ages 14 years to adult
Where:       Please see the schedule above, this volunteer opportunity is at alternating locations. 
What:         Volunteers will greet guests as they arrive, assist the performers as needed.  Typically this is handing items out to the guests and 
                    then gathering them back at the end of the performance.  Volunteers should be friendly, outgoing and enjoy children.  When you have
                    selected this volunteer opportunity email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your three dates and the size t shirt you will need.  The t shirts
                    are provided and required that you wear them for each date that you are there as a volunteer. 
                            
Natural Area Volunteers - Trailmasters
When:        Biweekly starting March  8:30 a.m. to  11:00 a.m. running through November 2019
                    occasional weekends could be requested.  
Who:          Adult volunteer ages 18 years and older.  
Where:       Riverwalk natural areas
What:         All volunteers will learn to identify a variety of
                    native and invasive plant material.  Assist with removing invasive species to restore the woods to a diverse, native ecosystem. 
                    These volunteers will have the possibility of directing other volunteers as needed.  All volunteers will be supplied with training
                    and tools for this volunteer program. 

Litter Picking
When:      This project is ongoing and can be scheduled to fit your availability
Where:     Various locations in our parks 
                  Carol Acres
                  Hobson West Ponds
                  Wildflower Park
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.  
                  Contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about this ongoing opportunity. 


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.

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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, Promote Positive Human Interactions
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