Park & Trail Volunteer Opportunities

Safe, accessible, and attractive parks are part of all healthy and vibrant communities. We operate and maintain more than 28,600 acres of Prince George's County park land used by thousands of visitors each year for outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, cycling, fitness, and nature education.

Local volunteer and service groups partner with the Department of Parks and Recreation to assist in the beautification and maintenance of these parks and open spaces. This is your group's opportunity to help protect and preserve our land and natural habitats, and create a desirable and safe park system for everyone to enjoy.

Volunteer Groups

Anyone can become a trail volunteer! Volunteer groups can include:
  • Clubs and service organizations
  • Corporations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Families
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • Groups of friends and neighbors
  • Locally-owned businesses
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Recreation councils
  • Schools

Volunteer Projects

Groups can volunteer for a one-day project or dedicate themselves to a particular park or trail for long-term beautification and maintenance. All volunteers receive project coordination, safety orientation, and materials needed for the specific project from M-NCPPC Park Rangers prior to the start of their service.

Adopt a Park

Volunteer groups may adopt one of our parks, natural areas, or facilities. Responsibilities include park beautification, reporting park needs, installing and monitoring bird nesting boxes, and other environmental projects. Groups are recognized with signage at the adopted park.

Adopt a Trail

Volunteer groups adopt sections of paved or natural trails, reporting trail needs, and performing small projects. Groups are asked for a commitment of at least 2 years and are recognized with signs along their section of the trail.

Adopt a Project

Nature Seekers
Support a variety of environmental and wildlife efforts that include conducting wildlife and plant inventories and assisting with wildlife habitat projects.

Stream Savers
Improve local streams, ponds, and rivers through ongoing clean-up projects along the Anacostia, Patuxent, and Potomac Rivers or their tributaries. Work side-by-side with a Park Ranger conducting water-quality testing, identification of living organisms and planting aquatic plants.

Weed Warriors
Identify and remove non-native plants found within the park system to help improve the overall health of our forests and allow native plants to flourish.

Additional Information

For additional information, contact the Park Rangers Office at 301-627-7755 or the Volunteer Services Office at 301-446-3300 or 301-699-2544 (TTY).