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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Participation Guidelines. More information regarding the District’s response can be found here

Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

Young Men's Service League volunteers helping clean up the Sportsman Trap Shooting Range on March 13, 2021


At this time, the District’s 136 parks remain open and residents are encouraged to use them as places to enjoy some fresh air, a walk and some overall wellness, provided visitors practice social distancing and do not gather in groups.  For Naperville Park District program and facility updates relative to the coronavirus situation, please visit

While organized  volunteer opportunities are limited, we encourage our residents to support Earth Day by collecting litter in their neighborhoods and nearby areas, again, as long as appropriate social distancing measures are followed.  Join us in helping to clean and beautify our community! Share a statement and/or photo to the Naperville Park District’s Facebook or Instagram pages showing what you’ve done to celebrate Earth Day with your family by using the hashtag #earthweeknaperville. Everything we do to support this effort individually can have a widespread impact and benefit all of us.  "Working together while staying apart"


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  



*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.




                                Teasel Removal in our Parks

When:                Saturday, April 17th         Carol Acres Park    787 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville    9 am - 12 noon  Cancelled and consolidated with the volunteers for the 24th of April
                            Saturday, April 24th        Wildflower Park      2122 Aurora Ave. Naperville       9 am - 12 noon

Who:                   Anyone ages 12 years to adult interested in our community parks.  Service hours are good for scouts as well as most community service requirements.  Proof of hours given at the end of the work day.  All tools will be provided and instruction on what to do from on site staff.  Volunteers should come dressed for the weather with gloves and your own non-breakable water container. No previous experience is needed. Please contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 630-848-3606    

                               Road Rally
When:            Saturday, April 24th   3:45 pm - 5:45 pm 1st shift  FILLED
                                                         5:35 pm - 7:35 pm 2nd shift   FILLED
Where:           Various locations around town at parks or pavilions
Who:              1-2 Volunteers per location   Ages: 14 years to adult
What:             Each volunteer will be given a Road Rally T shirt to wear during the event. Teams will arrive, volunteers will give instructions to the game, put stickers on the team's score card and then give clues to the next site.  Volunteers will vote on the best team costume.  Then all volunteers will participate in a clean up of the locations before leaving.  Water and snacks will be provided to volunteers during the shifts.  Volunteers can take both shifts at one location or just one shift.  Please contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer for this fun fast paced event.  630-848-3606

                                   Dance Performance Volunteer Opportunity

When:            Saturday, May 15, 2021    1st shift:    9:30 am - 1 pm        Rain date  May 22nd
                                                                 2nd shift;   1 pm - 4:30 pm
                       Sunday, May 16th 2021     1st shift;    9:30 am - 1 pm       Rain date May 23rd
                                                                  2nd shift;  1 pm - 3:15 pm
Where:           Wagner Family Pavilion at Naperville Public Library Parking lot.  3015 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville IL. 
Who:              3 - 4 volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:             Volunteers will direct parents and family to seating for their child's dance performance before the start.  At the end volunteers will direct the
                      guests to the exit.  Between the performances volunteers will disinfect chairs.  Volunteers will be provided with volunteer t shirts and rubber gloves and are asked 
                      to wear a face mask.  Volunteers should be friendly and willing to talk with the parents.  To volunteer for this event please contact Lynnette Hoole at 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 contact Lynnette Hoole to find out more about this ongoing opportunity. 


 To volunteer, email Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Manager, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the date(s) you are interested in volunteering.

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 Manager 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.



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

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.

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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