Parks, golf courses, and historic site grounds remain open but with no access to any buildings or modern restrooms. Port-a-johns are provided at most locations. All programs are cancelled through at least April 3. As always, Park Rangers are on duty to provide assistance as needed.    (posted 3/20/2020)

To assist with planning, registration is required for special events and training workshops. For information about these or other volunteer opportunities, e-mail Coordinator of Volunteer, Tracy Shiffman at volunteer@monmouthcountyparks.com

Group of volunteers JANUARY     

Sunday, January 12 from 1-4 p.m.       
Seashore Open House      
(ages 16 & up)
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch 
Assist Park Naturalists with greeting guests and various nature activities.

FEBRUARY     

Wednesday, February 5 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.         
Find Your Path     
Volunteer Orientation            
(ages 14 & up)       
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft    
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.

Monday, February 17 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Docent, Ambassador, and Gardening Assistants Open House       
Volunteer Training    
(ages 18 & up)
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Join us for a tour of the Deep Cut Garden – Monmouth County’s only formal botanical garden. Opportunities include both indoor and outdoor options and working with people or plants or both!  Training available for volunteers that sign up at the Open House.

Friday, February 28 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Pruning Roses Workshop       
Volunteer Training  
(ages 18 & up)
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown

MARCH     

Sunday, March 1          
Volunteer Recognition Reception          
Honoring volunteers with over 40 hours of service in 2019

Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.    
Docent and Gardening Assistants Open House        
Volunteer Training    
(ages 18 & up)
Huber Woods Park, Locust (Middletown)
Join us for a tour of Huber Woods. Opportunities include both indoor and outdoor options and working with people or plants or both!  Training available for volunteers that sign up at the Open House.

Trails Team Sunday, March 8 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.        
E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon     
(ages 16 & up)
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
Race assistants needed to support activities.

Saturday, March 14 - postponed         
Join our Trails Team!       
(ages 16 & up)
Volunteer Training        
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Become a Trails Team Member and help maintain over 140 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. Members are required to attend one of our training workshops prior to volunteering on the trails.

Saturday, March 14 - postponed        
Find Your Path       
Volunteer Orientation       
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.

Sunday, March 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.       
New Docent Open House          
(ages 18 & up)
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
Become a docent at this historical site! Join us for a tour of the Seabrook Wilson House – one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. Training available for volunteers that sign up at the Open House.

APRIL    

Volunteer Gardening Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience in a variety of garden settings. From the pollinator & butterfly gardens at our environmental centers, to the vegetable gardens on the farm, and the highly manicured gardens at the horticultural center – there is something for everyone! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, plant flowers and grow vegetables in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

Drop-in Volunteer Days begin during National Volunteer Week at the following parks:

Wednesday, April 1 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Docent, Ambassador, and Gardening Assistants Open House       
Volunteer Training    
(ages 18 & up)
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Join us for a tour of the Deep Cut Garden – Monmouth County’s only formal botanical garden. Opportunities include both indoor and outdoor options and working with people or plants or both!  Training available for volunteers that sign up at the Open House.   

Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.           
Beach Clean-up at Popamora Point, Highlands           
(ages 16 & up; 15 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

Volunteer Clean Up Wednesday, April 8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Find Your Path  
Volunteer Orientation         
(ages 14 & up)      
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft 
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.

Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.        
Earth Day Celebrations         
(ages 14 & up)
Help is needed to assist with themed event activities at the following locations:

Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.      
Spring Craft Show       
(ages 14 & up)     
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls
Greet visitors and assist with set-up and take-down. 

MAY      Volunteers Gardening  

Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience in a variety of garden settings. From the pollinator & butterfly gardens at our environmental centers, to the vegetable gardens on the farm, and the highly manicured gardens at the horticultural center – there is something for everyone! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, plant flowers and grow vegetables in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

The schedule is as follows:


Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.       Trails Team
Creative Arts & Music Festival       
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Volunteers will assist with a variety of creative projects.

Saturday, May 2 from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Spring Plant Swap        
(ages 16 & up)
Tatum Park, Middletown 
Volunteers will assist with set-up, clean-up, and registration.  Plant experience helpful.

Sunday, May 3 from 1-3 p.m.        
Protect Endangered Birds!  
Volunteer Training     
(ages 18 & up)
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
Volunteers are needed to help protect and monitor the endangered and threatened bird species nesting at the shore. Training is required for volunteers and provided by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

Sunday, May 3 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  
Beach Clean-up  
(ages 16 & up; 15 & under with adult)
Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan
Please bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

Volunteers Remove Invasive Plants Thursday, May 7 from 6-8 p.m.         
Join our Trails Team!   
Volunteer Training        
(ages 16 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Become a Trails Team Member and help maintain over 140 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. Members are required to attend one of our training workshops prior to volunteering on the trails.

Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  
Walnford Day       
(ages 14 & up)
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Help us celebrate Historic Walnford! Assist with arts and crafts projects or historical games! Training provided.

Wednesday, May 20 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.        
Friends of the Parks Annual Golf Outing           
Charleston Springs Golf Course, Millstone   

Wednesday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.    
Find Your Path   
Volunteer Orientation    
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.

JUNE      

Volunteers Gardening Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience in a variety of garden settings. From the pollinator & butterfly gardens at our environmental centers, to the vegetable gardens on the farm, and the highly manicured gardens at the horticultural center – there is something for everyone! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, plant flowers and grow vegetables in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.         
National Trails Day         
Trail Maintenance Work Session      
(ages 16 & up, previous training required)

Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.        
Deep Cut Gardens Open House      
(ages 16 & up)
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Assist with greeting guests, tours, and other activities.

Friday, June 12 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.          Volunteer Environmental Clean Up
Invasive Species Identification/Removal     
Volunteer Workshop    
(ages 14 & up)
Huber Woods Park, Locust
Volunteers will spend some time outside getting hands-on experience. Work gloves and sturdy shoes recommended.

Wednesday, June 17 from 6-8 p.m.            
Find Your Path        
Volunteer Orientation         
(ages 14 & up)    
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft      
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.

Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.             
Eco Elephant Family Flea Market          
(ages 14 & up)
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
Greet visitors and assist with set-up and take-down.

Saturday, June 20 from 2-5 p.m.      
Freshwater Fishing Derby        
(ages 16 & up, fishing experience required)
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
Assist Park Naturalist staff during the event. Fishing experience required.

Volunteer helping with fishing Sunday, June 21 from 2-5 p.m.        
Freshwater Fishing Derby            
(ages 16 & up, fishing experience required)
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold
Assist Park Naturalist staff during the event. Fishing experience required.

Seining at the Shore!       
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (June 22 through August 28) from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.      
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
(ages 14 & up)
Assist Park System Naturalists during the weekly drop-in seining program.  Nets will be cast to collect specimens used to educate park visitors.  Training provided.

Tidal Tuesdays (start date TBA) 
Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan
Assist Park System Naturalists in exploring the fish and crabs that live in the bay. Training provided.

Wednesday, June 24 from 6-8 p.m.        
Join our Trails Team!    
Training Workshop       
(ages 16 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Become a Trails Team Member and help maintain over 140 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. Members are required to attend one of our training workshops prior to volunteering on the trails.

JULY          

Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience in a variety of garden settings. From the pollinator & butterfly gardens at our environmental centers, to the vegetable gardens on the farm, and the highly manicured gardens at the horticultural center – there is something for everyone! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, plant flowers and grow vegetables in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

The schedule is as follows:

Volunteers at the Monmouth County Fair

Saturday, July 4 from 7:30-11 p.m.         
Beach Nesting Bird Volunteers Needed         
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
(ages 18 & up; 17 & under with an adult)
Help protect the endangered bird nesting areas during the 4th of July fireworks display. Training for volunteers on site before the event. Registration required.

Wednesday-Sunday, July 22-26          
Monmouth County Fair       
(ages 16 & up; under 18 with adult)
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold
Our biggest event of the year! Assist with various activities.  Shifts vary.        

AUGUST       

Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience in a variety of garden settings. From the pollinator & butterfly gardens at our environmental centers, to the vegetable gardens on the farm, and the highly manicured gardens at the horticultural center – there is something for everyone! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, plant flowers and grow vegetables in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, August, date TBA from 3-6 p.m.       
Saltwater Fishing Derby     
(ages 16 & up, fishing experience required)
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
Assist Park Naturalist staff during the event.  Fishing experience required.

Saturday, August, date TBA, from 6-9 p.m.      
60th Anniversary Summer Concert in the Park      
(ages 18 & up)
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Greet guests and assist with activities.

 

SEPTEMBER     

Volunteer Gardening Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience in a variety of garden settings. From the pollinator & butterfly gardens at our environmental centers, to the vegetable gardens on the farm, and the highly manicured gardens at the horticultural center – there is something for everyone! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, plant flowers and grow vegetables in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 2 from 6-8 p.m.        
Join our Trails Team!   
Training Workshop       
(ages 16 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Become a Trails Team Member and help maintain over 140 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. Members are required to attend one of our training workshops prior to volunteering on the trails.

Thursday, September 17 from 5-9 p.m.        
Friends of the Parks Tasting Fundraiser
Tatum Park Holland Activity Center, Middletown
Volunteers will greet guests and assist with activities.

Wind & Sea Festival Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.           
Wind & Sea Festival          
(ages 14 & up)
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
Assist with activities including greeting guests, fishing, kite flying, sand-casting, kayaking, seining and much more! 

Saturday, September 19 from 8 a.m.-12 a.m.                    
Fall Plant Swap        
(ages 16 & up)
Tatum Park, Middletown 
Volunteers will assist with set-up, clean-up, and registration.  Plant experience helpful.

Saturday, September, date TBA from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.       
SuperHero Fun Run     
(ages 14 & up)
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
Assist at various obstacle course stations, cheering on the participants.

Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.         
Harvest Home Festival      
(ages 16 & up)
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Assist with various historical crafts and family-friendly activities.

OCTOBER       

Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience in a variety of garden settings. From the pollinator & butterfly gardens at our environmental centers, to the vegetable gardens on the farm, and the highly manicured gardens at the horticultural center – there is something for everyone! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, plant flowers and grow vegetables in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, October 3 from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.           
Timberbrook Triathlon           
(ages 16 & up)
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
Help with registration, set-up and check-in bikes, assist with canoes and kayaks, and water stations.

Fridays & Saturdays, October 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24           
Creatures of the Night      
(ages 14 & up)
Huber Woods Park, MiddletownThompson Park Day
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 required; dates will be announced in early September.     

Sunday, October 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.            
Thompson Park Day           
Thompson Park, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up)
Assist with event activities such as greeting visitors, pumpkin painting, scarecrow contest, wagon rides, crafts, portable rock wall, canoes, golf, and the Strut Your Mutt Costume Contest.    

NOVEMBER     

Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.      
Fall Craft Show      
(ages 14 & up)
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls
Greet visitors and assist with set-up and take-down.