Volunteer with us!

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 Become a Volunteer

Prospective volunteers are required to fill out an online Volunteer Application.

If you are a volunteer coach, please complete an Application and Background Check Authorization form through the Coaches Forms link by following the necessary prompts.

All other prospective volunteers, please follow the three steps below:

  1. Complete the Application that applies to you by clicking the correct box below. The application will open in a new window of your internet browser. Follow the prompts and complete all required fields. 
  2. Click the RED button below to access the Authorization for Background Check (DCFS Form) form. A blank form will open in a new window of your internet browser for you to print, complete, and sign. Electronic signatures are NOT permitted. 
  3. Email Becca, rkrzyszkowski@napervilleparks.org, with a PDF or picture attachment of your completed Authorization for Background Check form and your volunteer selection from below.

Student Application (17 and Under)   Adult Application   Group Application   Background Check Authorization Form


Sign-Up for a Volunteer Opportunity!

Once you have completed the required steps above, email or call Becca,

rkrzyszkowski@napervilleparks.org or 630-848-3606, to sign-up for an opportunity below! 

Individual & Small Group Volunteer Opportunities:

Kids' Night Out          

When: Friday's from 5:30 - 9:00 pm

March 15, 2024 - April 12, 2024 - May 17, 2024 - June 21, 2024

Who: Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.

What: Volunteers may be climbing through the tunnels, making crafts and playing games with participants. Volunteers will assist with checking in the children and clean up after the event.

Soccer Equipment Pick-Up

When: Wednesday, March 13 from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm AND/OR 3:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Where: Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr, Naperville, IL 60540

What: Volunteers will assist with sorting soccer equipment, coaches t-shirts and overall equipment distribution. Volunteers will be indoor and may be standing for the duration of this opportunity. 

Flashlight Egg Hunt

When: Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Knoch Knolls Nature Center

What: Volunteers will be assisting with event set-up and tear-down, hiding eggs, prize redemption and overall event support. This event is outdoors, be sure to dress for the weather! Glow in-the dark apparrel and flashlights are recommended! 

Group Volunteer Opportunities (5+ individuals) :

Dates, times, and locations of group volunteer activities are flexible and will be decided between the group leader and Park District Staff. 

Shred Event

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024

Where: Centennial Beach Parking Lot, 500 Jackson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

What: Volunteers will assist with traffic control, greeting participants, and unloading boxes of paper into the shred truck(s) until filled. This is an outdoor event where volunteers should dress appropriate for the weather and wear comfortable shoes as they will be standing for the duration of the event. 

Branch Removal

When: To be completed anytime!

Where: Varying parks within Naperville (park will be assigned once a date/time are solidified)

What: Volunteers will be given instructions on how to pull tree branches out of the wooded areas within a specific park area. Volunteer groups of 6 or more are recommended. 

Park Clean-Up

When: To be completed anytime!

Where: Varying parks within Naperville (park will be assigned once a date/time are solidified)

What: To keep our parks clean, volunteers will pick up garbage and debris throughout our parks and trails. Volunteers will be provided with the necessary materials including trash bags, sanitary gloves and litter pickers. 

National Volunteer Week Event

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 9 am - 12 pm

Where: Varying parks throughout Naperville!

What: To celebrate National Volunteer Week, volunteers will be assisting at three different parks to help with basic park maintenance tasks such as mulching, planting, weeding. Park District staff will provide all tools, materials and direction onsite. For more details, email Becca at  rkrzyszkowski@napervilleparks.org

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.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center Landscape Beds

...more to come!

 Adopt A Park Handbook        Adopt A Park Application         Adopt A Park Waivers

Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Applications for 2024 projects are now open through March 31, 2024 or until filled. 

The Naperville Park District will select ten prospective scouts to complete a project from an internal list of project opportunities created by Park District employees. These projects are designed to enhance planning, development, and leadership skills. Scouts should anticipate completing their project by December 31, 2024. 

Scouts interested in proposing their own project idea may do so through the application below. However, scouts must understand the Park District has the right to decline any project application submitted and may need additional time to approve unique project ideas. 

Individuals interested in completing their Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award project with the Naperville Park District must complete the online application by clicking the BROWN button below. 

Scout Project Application