Volunteering with the Park System provides people ages 14 and up a meaningful way to give back to their community. To assist with planning, registration is required for special events and for training sessions. For information about these or other volunteer opportunities, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 4283, or email Elaine McColgan at volunteer@monmouthcountyparks.com.

Check back often throughout the year as more dates and opportunities will be added.

JANUARY

Saturday, January 30 from 1-5 p.m.    
WinterFest
Thompson Park, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up)
Assist with event activities.

MARCH

Sunday, March 6 from 7-11:30 a.m.   
E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon    
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
Race assistants needed to support activities.

Sunday, March 6      
Volunteer Recognition Reception         
Honoring volunteers with over 40 hours of service in 2015.

Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Trails Maintenance Training Workshop for New Team Members         
(ages 16 & up)
Thompson Park Annex, Training Center, 53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel
Become a Team Member and help maintain over 137 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. The Trails Team is instrumental in the maintenance of old trails as well as building new trails. The team meets on scheduled Saturday mornings at various park locations. All members are required to attend an initial training session prior to working.
 
Sunday, March 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Beach Clean-up at Popamora Point, Highlands    
(ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves.  Dress for the weather.

APRIL

Garden Volunteering Begins with a Pruning Training Workshop  
Choose the date that you would like to attend. To register or for more information, please contact Elaine McColgan at volunteer@monmouthcountyparks.com or by calling 732-842-4000, ext. 4283.
Thursday, April 14 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up except where noted)

Garden Volunteering     
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience! No advanced registration. Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.
Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.        
Earth Day Activities         
(ages 14 & up)
Help is needed to assist with themed event activities at the following locations:
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Middletown
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Thompson Park, Lincroft

Trails Team MAY

Pruning Training Workshop for New Garden Volunteers       
To register or for more information, please contact Elaine McColgan at volunteer@monmouthcountyparks.com or by calling 732-842-4000, ext. 4283.
Thursday, May 12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up except where noted)

Garden Volunteering       
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience! No advanced registration. Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Please bring work gloves.

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Walnford Day     
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Help us celebrate Historic Walnford! Volunteers are needed to interact with visitors with arts and crafts projects or historical games! Training to be provided. 

Wednesday, May 18 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.      
Friends of the Parks Annual Golf Outing      
Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck
Help is needed with registration, handing out beverages to golfers, and monitoring at different golf stations.

Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Superhero Fun Run    
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
Support event activities. 

JUNE

Garden Volunteering   
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  No advanced registration. Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  
National Trails Day       
Trails Maintenance Work Session      
(ages 16 & up, previous training required)

Seining at the Shore!       
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (beginning June 20) from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.  
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
(ages 14 & up)
Assist Park Naturalists and explore what fish & crabs live in the bay.

JULY

Garden Volunteering   
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  No advanced registration. Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Volunteers helping at the Monmouth County Fair Wednesday-Sunday, July 27-31   
Monmouth County Fair   
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold
Ages 14 & up
Our biggest event of the year! Assist with various activities.

AUGUST

Garden Volunteering   
Volunteer at your convenience!  No advanced registration. Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

SEPTEMBER

Garden Volunteering   
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  No advanced registration. Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Wind & Sea Festival     
(ages 14 & up)  
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
Assist with a number of activities including shuttle service guides, fishing & crabbing, kite flying, sand sculpture building, seining and much more!
Volunteer training to be held on Friday, September 18 from 7-8 p.m.

Saturday, September 24  from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Trails Maintenance Training Workshop for New Team Members    
(ages 16 & up)
Thompson Park Annex, Training Center, 53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel
Become a Team Member and help maintain over 137 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. The Trails Team is instrumental in the maintenance of old trails as well as building new trails. The team meets on scheduled Saturday mornings at various park locations. All members are required to attend an initial training session prior to working.

Volunteers at the Harvest Home Festival Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Harvest Home Festival      
(ages 14 & up)
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Assist with various activities throughout the park.

OCTOBER

Garden Volunteering   
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  No advanced registration. Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Saturday, October 8 from 7-11 a.m.    
Timberbrook Triathlon        
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell       
Volunteers are needed to set-up and check-in bikes, distribute race packets and shirts to racers, set up finishing area, hand out water and food to racers, and assist at water stations.

Fridays & Saturdays, October 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29    
Creatures of the Night    
(ages 14 & up)
Huber Woods Park, Middletown
Join us for an entertaining environmental program designed to celebrate the fall season with an evening hayride and mysterious nocturnal creatures along the way. Training dates for event will be announced in early September.

Sunday, October 16 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.       
Thompson Park Day
Thompson Park, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up)
Assist with event activities such as pumpkin painting, a Scarecrow Contest, wagon rides, crafts, entertainment and the Strut Your Mutt Doggie Costume Contest.

 

NOVEMBER   

Saturday, November 5 from 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m.   
Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race 
Tatum Park, Middletown
Holland Activity Center Entrance
Race assistants needed to support event activities.