2018 Volunteer Calendar

To assist with planning, registration is required for special events and training workshops. For information about these or other volunteer opportunities, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 4283, or email Tracy Shiffman at  volunteer@monmouthcountyparks.com.

WinterFest JANUARY         

Saturday, January 27 from 12-4 p.m.            
WinterFest     
Thompson Park, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up)
Assistance needed for indoor and outdoor activities. Please dress for the weather.

FEBRUARY          

Thursday, February 15 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.       
Find Your Path in Volunteering     
(ages 14 & up)       
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft    
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.    

MARCH                    

Sunday, March 4          
Volunteer Recognition Reception         
Honoring volunteers with over 40 hours of service in 2017.

Sunday, March 4 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.

Trails Training Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.          
Join our Trails Team!      
(ages 16 & up)
Training Workshop        
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Become a Trails Team Member and help maintain over 140 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. Team meets on scheduled Saturday mornings at various park locations. Members are required to attend one of our training workshops prior to volunteering on the trails.

Saturday, March 10 from 1-3 p.m.        
Find Your Path in Volunteering       
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.

Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.      
New Docent Open House  
(ages 18 & up)          
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Become an Environmental Center Docent! Join us for a tour of the facility, its operations, and an overview of the volunteer docent positions. Training available for volunteers that sign up at the Open House.

APRIL        

Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, and plant flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

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

Sunday, April 8 from 12-2 p.m.         
Beach Clean-up at Popamora Point, Highlands           
(ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

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

Garden with Us! (ages 16 & up)      
Workshops     

Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.        
Earth Day Celebrations         
Beach Clean Up (ages 14 & up)
Help is needed to assist with themed event activities at the following locations:
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Huber Woods Park Environmental Center, Middletown
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell

Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Earth Day Environmental Clean-Up   
(ages 16 & up) 
Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen Township 

Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-1 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       

Garden in the Parks!          
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, and plant flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days will be at the following parks:

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

Sunday, May 6 from 12-2 p.m.
Beach Clean-up
(ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent)
Fishermans Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan
Please bring work gloves and dress for the weather. 

Bird Monitors Sunday, May 6 from 1-3 p.m.        
Training Workshop: Protect Endangered Birds!       
(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.

Friday-Sunday, May 11-13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.         
Deep Cut Open House        
(ages 18 & up)      
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown    
Volunteers will assist with event activities.    

Tuesday, May 15 from 6-8 p.m.       
Join our Trails Team!   
(ages 16 & up)
Training Workshop     
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Become a Trails Team Member and help maintain over 140 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. Team meets on scheduled Saturday mornings at various park locations. Members are required to attend one of our training workshops prior to volunteering on the trails.

Wednesday, May 16 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.       
Friends of the Parks Annual Golf Outing          
Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck      

Wednesday, May 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Find Your Path in Volunteering
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer. 

Sunday, May 20 from 11 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 23 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Welcome Desk/Naturalist Program Assistant Training  
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Join us for an overview of this volunteer docent position. Open to ages 18 and up.

JUNE       

Garden in the Parks!      
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)   
Volunteer at your convenience! No advance registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, and plant flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.
Drop-in Volunteer Days will be at the following parks:

Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.         
National Trails Day         
Trail Maintenance Work Session      
(ages 16 & up, previous training required)

Wednesday, June 13 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Find Your Path in Volunteering         
(ages 14 & up)    
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft      
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.   

Saturday, June 16 from 2-5 p.m.     
Freshwater Fishing Derby     
(ages 16 & up)   
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell        

Sunday, June 17 from 2-5 p.m.        
Freshwater Fishing Derby         
(ages 16 & up)
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold   

Seining at the Shore!       
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (beginning June 25) from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.      
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
(ages 14 & up)
Assist Park System Naturalists in exploring the fish and crabs that live in the bay. Training provided. 

JULY           

Garden Volunteer Garden in the Parks!       
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)   
Volunteer at your convenience! No advanced registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, and plant flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

Drop-in Volunteer Days will be at the following parks:

Wednesday, 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, July 11 from 6-8 p.m.
Find Your Path in Volunteering
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer.  

Wednesday-Sunday, July 25-29          
Monmouth County Fair       
(ages 16 & up; under 18 with adult)
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold
Our biggest event of the year! Assist with various activities.            

AUGUST               

Garden in the Parks!      
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience! No advanced registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, and plant flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

Drop-in Volunteer Days will be at the following parks:

Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m.-1 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.

SEPTEMBER      

Garden Volunteers Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience! No advanced registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, and plant flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

Drop-in Volunteer Days will be at the following parks:

Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.           
Wind & Sea Festival          
(ages 14 & up)
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
Assist with activities including shuttle service guides, fishing & crabbing, kite flying, sand sculpture building, seining and much more!

Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.         
Harvest Home Festival      
(ages 14 & up)
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Assist with various activities throughout the park.

OCTOBER        

Garden in the Parks!          
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience! No advanced registration. Help prune trees and shrubs, weed, mulch, and plant flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.

Drop-in Volunteer Days will be at the following parks:

Saturday, October 6 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 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27           
Creatures of the Night      
(ages 14 & up)
Huber Woods Park, Middletown
Thompson 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 14 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, cross-country skiing, canoes, golf, and the Strut Your Mutt Costume Contest.      

NOVEMBER      

Saturday, November 3 from 7:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.          
Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race          
(ages 16 & up)
Tatum Park, Middletown
Holland Activity Center Entrance
Race assistants needed to support event activities.

Saturday, November 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.      
Fall Craft Show      
(ages 14 & up)
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls
Greet visitors and assist with set-up and take-down.