Volunteer in the parks
There are many ways to volunteer in the Ann Arbor parks thanks to our GIVE 365 Program and Natural Area Preservation (NAP) depending on how you want to spend your time and what kind of work you'd like to be involved with!
The Give 365 Volunteer and Outreach program has year round opportunities for almost every interest, schedule, ability, and age focusing on recreation facilities, parks, and amenities. Your level of commitment is up to you! As a volunteer, you can sign-up for our one day events, short-term experiences, or become a long-term volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at any of the events below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734.794.6445. Individuals, groups, or organizations interested in volunteering can fill out an online registration. During registration you will be prompted to indicate your volunteer interests. Once registered, you or your group can begin to sign-up for volunteer activities.
Natural Area Preservation
There are also many ways you can volunteer in parks and natural areas with the Natural Area Preservation unit in the City of Ann Arbor. To learn more about this program, and how you as an individual or group can participate, click this link for NAP.
Is your group or organization looking for volunteer opportunities? We
can set up workdays for your group with opportunities that meet your
specific interest. We can accommodate groups of any size, so contact
GIVE 365 to set up a customized volunteer event for you.
The Adopt-a-Park program is now under GIVE 365! This program is a collaborative effort between Ann Arbor residents and city government to improve and maintain our parks. Neighbors and community groups volunteer their time to improve their chosen park. Adopters can work on a variety of projects including planting and maintaining flower beds, maintaining the trails and paths, painting and caring for park structures, cleaning up litter, planting and watering trees, mulching, and generally making sure the park is in order. You will work with the Adopt-A-Park Coordinator to create a plan customized for you and your park. We provide moral support, technical expertise, and coordination with City of Ann Arbor services; we can also provide publicity, planting materials, and tools. For more information, check out the Adopt-a-Park website.
NEW! We are partnering with Leslie Science and Nature Center to
recruit volunteers and promote their Adopt-A-Garden program as
well. So many ways to get involved! Leslie Science & Nature Center’s
Adopt-A-Garden is a volunteer activity where organizations, groups,
or individuals “adopt” a garden on LSNC’s grounds. The adoptive
individual or group is responsible for planting and maintaining the
garden during the spring, summer, and fall. Adopters need to provide
all planting materials, tools, energy, time, and enthusiasm! Adopting
a garden is a great way to promote your organization and become
closer with your peers! Kick-off to the season starts in April with a kick
off orientation meeting. The adoptive group is responsible for planting
and maintaining the bed during the spring, summer, and fall. If you or
your group would like to Adopt-A-Garden, please read through and
complete the application found at www.lesliesnc.org/adopt-garden
Rain Garden Stewardship
Rain gardens capture stormwater runoff before it pollutes our local rivers- while providing beautiful gardenscapes throughout the growing season. You can become a volunteer steward and adopt a public rain garden. Stewards care for the plants, clean out sediment and keep the space looking beautiful with guidance and support from an expert. This program is a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office. View the Public Rain Garden Map to see where the rain gardens are located. Contact Catie Wytychak at email@example.com or call 734.222.6813 for more information or to adopt a rain garden. If you are a member of a group that wants to adopt a rain garden or organize a volunteer workday, sign up through the online registration form. Group workdays are a fun and educational way to care for a public space, learn how rain gardens work and identify common native plants and weeds. Learn more about rain gardens and the Master Rain Gardener course at www.ewashtenaw.org/raingardens.
Junior Volunteer ClubThis club is for youth ages 10-15. Learn about ways to give back, gain
work-like experiences and have fun in your community. This club meets
every other month and is facilitated by GIVE 365 staff with the objective
of engaging our younger citizens to volunteer and experience the joy of
giving back. We also want to explore event planning and your thoughts
on creating new events.
If you have not already
had a chance to join us at any of our earlier meetings, meet us at the
Leslie Science & Nature center on Friday, April 21 from 4-5 p.m. where we will be working on an Earth
Day project. This is a great time of year to engage and experience
the joys of volunteering! We invite
you to learn about ways to give back, gain work-like experiences and
have fun in your community. Call 734.794.6445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info or to RSVP.
Become a CIT: Counselor in Training
We are looking for highly motivated and kid-friendly teens ages 14-17 to
serve as counselors in training (CIT). Help our day camp coordinators
provide a high quality, fun and safe outdoor experience for our day
campers. This wonderful opportunity is for teens who want to further
develop their leadership and communication skills as well as gain
experience in planning and instructing activities for young children.
We are looking for a minimum of a week-long commitment at one of
our three day camps: Buhr, Fuller, or Gallup. CIT applications will be
available at the end of May. Opportunities are limited, and applicants
are considered but never guaranteed specific weeks or sites. Please call
for details 734.794.6445 or email email@example.com.
Camp runs Monday-Friday with CIT shifts from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Shorter shift proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Must be able to attend CIT training in June (dates TBD) and the games
workshop at Fuller Pool on June 11, 2-4 p.m.
Become a LIT: Lifeguard in Training
We are looking for highly motivated future lifeguards who are 14-15
years of age. You do not need to be Red Cross Certified in Lifeguarding
and CPR for the Professional Rescuer in order to participate. As a LIT,
you will help our pool staff provide high quality, fun and safe outdoor
experiences for our daily swimmers. This wonderful opportunity is for
those hoping to become lifeguards and who want to further develop
their leadership and communication skills as well as gain valuable
experiences in lifeguarding skills. Offered at any one of our three city
outdoor pools: Buhr, Fuller or Veterans Memorial. The LIT program
• Commit one, five hour shift per week for the month of July.
• Attend a bi-weekly in-service training with the pool staff.
• Volunteer at a Splash Day event at any of the pools.
A required LIT training and orientation is scheduled for June. Exact
dates and location to be determined. Contact us for more information
at 734.794.6445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Volunteer Events
Mack Indoor Pool Saturday Splash Days
Saturday, April 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Join us for a fun-filled volunteer opportunity leading games and activities for kids both in and out of the water at Mack Indoor Pool. Set-up and take-down times are included, and not all volunteers will need to know how to swim. We are looking for people who are comfortable interacting with children and the public. Bring a bathing suit for water activities (one-piece suits preferred). 715 Brooks St. inside Ann Arbor Open School.
Veterans Memorial Park Trash-a-thon
Saturday, April 15, 10-11:30 a.m.
Form a team of two to four people, and the team that collects the most trash will win a prize!
Senior Center Spruce Up
Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Get your hands dirty as we help the Ann Arbor Senior Center shake off winter and clean up for a beautiful spring.
Earth Day Extravaganza
Saturday, April 22
We will be hosting spring cleaning at a few of our favorite parks. Let us know if you or a group you know would like to help us uncover from winter! Featured sites: Gallup Park | Bandemer Park | West Park
Leslie Science & Nature Center Earth Day Event
Sunday, April 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
In partnership with the Leslie Science & Nature Center and the Ann Arbor Earth Day Committee, we are seeking many volunteers for this wonderful event. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, face painting, bike corral, parking and clean up. Volunteers are needed in four shifts: 8-11:30 a.m. (set up), 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m., and 3:45-5 p.m. (break down)
Outdoor Swimming Pool Setup
Summer is coming, and each year we have a summer setup day to prep our facilities for our Memorial weekend opening. Join us to paint, pick weeds, wax the slide, hang signage and clean up to make our pool and facility the best it can be.
Fuller Park Pool, Monday, May 1, 1-4 p.m.
Buhr Park Pool, Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Park Pool, Saturday, May 13, 2-4 p.m.
Love a Park Days
Lend a hand, give your time and join us to help beautify and clean up a park that needs a little love and attention. With 159 parks in the park system, there are lots of ways to support park maintenance and beautification efforts. We bring the music, refreshments, and tools; you bring the energy and desire to make a difference and together we make a beautiful parknership! And if you see a park that could use some love, let us know! Dates below, park locations to be determined.
Wednesdays. 10 a.m.-noon, May 10 | June 14 | July 12 | August 9
Sundays, 1-3 p.m., May 28 | June 25 | July 30 | August 27
Love a Rain Garden
Much like our Love a Park Days noted above, we will be coordinating and featuring rain garden maintenance work days. Join us!
Burns Park Rain Garden & Park Cleanup Workday
Sunday, May 7, 1-3 p.m.
Meet at the tennis courts by the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Learn about rain gardens, native plants and the role they play in keeping our rivers clean. We will weed spring invasive plants like bindweed and thistle. During this workday, we will teach you to identify weeds and a few of the native plants that keep this garden in bloom throughout the season. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, water and expertise.
Veterans Memorial Park Zamboni Rain Garden Workday
Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m.-noon
Meet in the parking lot west of the pool. Come join us in caring for one of the oldest rain gardens in town. This garden was built downhill of the Zamboni’s snow pile so that snow melt would feed the garden. Now, the garden is full of perennials like Canada anemone, blue vervain and goldenrod. Help us weed and clear out the inlets so water can run freely into the garden. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, water and expertise.
Burns Park Rain Garden and Park Cleanup Workday
Saturday, July 8, 1-3 p.m.
Meet at the tennis courts by the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Join us on this summer day to tackle the bindweed plants that are trying to cover the rain garden and tennis court fence. Learn how this rain garden stores and cleans water that lands on the tennis courts and the senior center parking lot. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, water and expertise.
Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena Rain Garden and Park Cleanup Workday
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-noon
Meet at the entrance to the ice arena. Help weed a newly replanted rain garden. This rain garden was replanted to have low-growing plants below tall sycamore trees and shorter redbud trees. We need your help in weeding around these new plants. Learn about rain gardens and how to identify weeds. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, water and expertise.
Saturday May 20, 9 a.m.-noon
Join us for the 29th annual Ann Arbor Downtown Blooms Day! In partnership with the Downtown Development Authority and State Street Association, we will be planting flowers and beautifying downtown parks and flower beds. All materials and supplies are provided, although if possible, bring work gloves and a trowel, as these are limited. Check in at Liberty Plaza (between Liberty and South Division) at 9 a.m.
Outdoor Pool Splash Days
Join us for a fun-filled volunteer opportunity leading games and activities for kids both in and out of the water at one of our three pools. Set-up and take-down times are included, and not all volunteers will need to know how to swim. We are looking for people who are comfortable interacting with children and the public. Bring a bathing suit for water activities (one-piece suits preferred). Splash days/times are below.
Veterans Memorial Park Pool
Saturdays 1:30-4:30 p.m., June 24 | July 22
Buhr Park Pool
Saturdays 1:30-4:30 p.m., July 8 | August 5
Fuller Park Pool, Saturdays 1:30-4:30 p.m., July 15 | August 12
Red Fish Blue Fish Teach Kids to Fish
Sunday, June 11, 9-11:30 a.m.
Join us at Gallup Park to teach children how to fish during Free Fishing
Weekend for Michigan. Duties include helping kids set up fishing poles,
worming hooks and releasing fish that are caught.
Huron River Day
Sunday, July 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Volunteer for the
annual Huron River Day event! The event takes place at Gallup Park,
and volunteers are needed to support event setup, take down and
areas such as the bike corral, fishing station and parking areas. The
day is broken into shifts, so inquire at email@example.com
information on this event!