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 28 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    

Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.        
New Docent Open House         
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 to volunteers that sign up at the Open House.

MARCH

Sunday, March 5     
Volunteer Recognition Reception           
Honoring volunteers with over 40 hours of service in 2016.

Trails Training Join our Trails Team! (ages 16 & up)   
Training Workshop  
Become a Trails Team Member and help maintain over 130 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. To register or for more information, please contact Tracy Shiffman at volunteer@monmouthcountyparks.com ;
732-842-4000, ext. 4283.

  • Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.     
    Thompson Park Annex, Training Center, 53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel
  • Sunday, March 12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.       
    Clayton Park Activity Center, 202 Davis Station Road, Upper Freehold (Imlaystown)

Sunday, March 12 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.

Become a Park Docent/Receptionist! (ages 18 & up)
Training Workshop       
Greet and guide visitors at the parks. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park. Indoor training; includes a tour of the facility.

APRIL

Beach Clean Up Saturday, April 1 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 and dress for the weather.

Garden with Us! (ages 14 & up except where noted)
Training Workshop
Gardening in the parks starts with a pruning workshop for 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 at the following parks: 

Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Environmental Clean Up  
(ages 16 & up; 15 and under with adult)  
Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen Township   
Spend a few hours on Earth Day helping us prepare one of our newest parks for its first visitors.  Please bring work gloves.  

Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.        
Earth Day Events      
(ages 14 & up)
Help is needed to assist with themed event activities at the following locations:

MAY

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

Sunday, May 7 from 1-3 p.m.           
Bird Monitors Training Workshop: Protect Endangered Birds!             
(ages 18 & up)
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 Todd Pover of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch

Wednesday, May 17 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.            
Friends of the Parks Annual Golf Outing          
Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck     

Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Superhero Fun Run         
(ages 16 & up)     
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck       

Sunday, May 21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Beach Clean-up at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan      
(ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent)      
Please bring work gloves and dress for the weather.         

Sunday, May 21 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. 

JUNE

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

Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.      
National Trails Day          
Trail Maintenance Work Session             
(ages 16 & up, previous training required)      

Seining at the Shore!    
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (beginning June 19) from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.         
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
(ages 14 & up)
Assist Park Naturalists explore 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 with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, and planting flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.
Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Tuesday, 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 26-30             
Monmouth County Fair            
(Ages 16 & up)              
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 with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, and planting flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.
Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

SEPTEMBER 

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

Saturday, September 16 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!  Training held on Friday, September 15 from 7-8 p.m.

Sunday, September 24 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 with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, and planting flowers in the parks! Please bring work gloves.
Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Saturday, October 8 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.

Thompson Park Day Fridays & Saturdays, October 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28       
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 required; dates will be announced in early September.  

Sunday, October 15 from 10:30 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 4 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.