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 contact the Volunteer Office at 732-842-4000, ext. 4283, or email 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.

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. 
 
Due to the impending storm the Popamora Point, Highlands Beach Clean-up is RESCHEDULED for Sunday, April 3.
Beach Clean-up at Popamora Point, Highlands    
(ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves.  Dress for the weather.

APRIL

Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Beach Clean-up at Popamora Point, Highlands    
(all ages; 14 & under with adult)
Dress for the weather; bring work gloves.

Directions: Follow Route 36 into the Highlands. Heading south, look for jug handle for left on to Linden Ave. Heading north, look for right turn on to Linden Ave.. Follow signs to business district. Make a left onto Waterwitch Drive. Go 1 block, make a left onto Shore Drive. Follow Shore Drive to the Park entrance.

Wednesday, April 13 from 1-4 p.m.
NEW THIS YEAR! Butterfly Garden Workshop
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
(ages 16 & up)
Garden team forming and will meet weekly beginning April 20. 

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

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: 

Monday, April 18 from 7-8 p.m.
Docent Training for Bayshore Waterfront Park & Huber Woods Park
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
(ages 18 & up)
New volunteers or a refresher for current volunteers.  

Wednesday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Butterfly Garden Team         
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
(ages 16 & up)
Garden team begins and will continue to meet each Wednesday through October. New volunteers are welcome but encouraged to attend training workshops. 

Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Spring Craft Show          
Tatum Park, Middletown        
(ages 16 & up) Two to three volunteers are needed to assist with event.

Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  
Earth Day Activities in the Parks   
(ages 14 & up)    
*Docent Training is necessary where indicated. If you would like to volunteer as a docent, please register for the following workshop:

Docent Training - Monday, April 18 from 7-8 p.m.    
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth       

Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth
*Trained Docents are needed to assist with coastal animal activities
2 volunteers for each shift: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown
*Trained docents are needed to assist with nature activities
3 volunteers for each shift: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

Thompson Park, Lincroft
Volunteers are needed to help with eco-fashion crafts
4 volunteers for each shift: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold Township
Volunteers are needed to assist to sign people up for nature walks
2 volunteers for each shift: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

Sunday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.    
Earth Day Environmental Clean-up Along the Henry Hudson Trail    
(all ages, 14 & under with adult)
Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

Meeting locations:
  • 76 Church Street, (old YMCA parking), Matawan, NJ 07747
  • 221 Morningside Ave. (behind Union Beach Memorial School), Spruce Street & Jersey Ave. Union Beach, NJ 07735
  • 115 Dutch Lane, (behind former John L. Montgomery Nursing Home), Freehold, NJ 07728

Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.         
Creative Arts & Music Festival
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft
(ages 18 & up)
Each day five to six volunteers with an interest or background in art are needed to assist with event. 

 

Trails Team MAY

Sunday, May 1 from 1-3 p.m.  
Beach Nesting Bird Monitor Training
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
(ages 18 & up) Help protect endangered and threatened bird species nesting at the shore including piping plover, least terns and other birds of interest. Todd Pover of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey will conduct the workshop.

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 & Sunday, May 7 & 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Shifts are 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 12:30-3 p.m.)  
Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Shifts are 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 12:30-3 p.m.)     
Outdoor Adventures Canoe Rentals     
Marlu Lake, Thompson Park, Lincroft
(ages 18 & up)
Help is needed to lift canoes, push canoes into water, and size for PFD’s and paddles. 

Thursday, May 12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Pruning Training Workshop for New Garden Volunteers       
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
To register or for more information, please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@monmouthcountyparks.com or by calling 732-842-4000, ext. 4283. 
(ages 14 & up except where noted)
A great place to start if you want to volunteer for drop-in gardening in the parks.  Workshop conducted by Master Gardener Jim Henry.

Thursday, May 12 from 6-8 p.m.      
Trails Training Workshop        
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
(ages 16 & up)
Become a member of the Park System’s Trails Team to help with trails maintenance.  Topics include an introduction to maintenance techniques, erosion control, tools and safety. The Team meets approximately twice a month at various park locations. 

Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Walnford Day     
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
(ages 16 & up)
Help celebrate life at Historic Walnford.  Volunteers are needed to help with crafts; should be comfortable speaking with children and adults; and work independently.  Training will be provided that day.  Please dress for the weather, event is rain or shine.

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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Volunteer hours are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)   
Sk8 Jam Amateur Skateboard Contest     
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
(ages 16 & up)
Roll with the excitement coming to the Park System’s newly rebuilt Skateplex. Volunteers are needed with registration, assisting contestants, distributing tee-shirts, and helping with raffles.

Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.   (Volunteer hours are 8-11 a.m.)   
Superhero Fun Run    
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
Volunteers are needed with registration, assisting contestants, and helping with the race.

Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Shifts are 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 12:30-3 p.m.)  
Outdoor Adventures Canoe Rentals     
Marlu Lake, Thompson Park, Lincroft
(ages 18 & up)
Help is needed to lift canoes, push canoes into water, and size for PFD’s and paddles. 

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.