2019 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.

Group of volunteers JANUARY   

Wednesday, January 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Invasive Insects     
Volunteer Workshop       
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft  

Saturday, January 19 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 position. Training available for volunteers that sign up at the Open House.

Sunday, January 20 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 6 from 1-3 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.

TVolunteers Gardening uesday, February 19 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.

Tuesday, February 19 from 1-3 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.

MARCH     

Sunday, March 3          
Volunteer Recognition Reception          
Honoring volunteers with over 40 hours of service in 2018

Trails Team Sunday, March 10 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 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.          
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 16 from 1-3 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.

Volunteer Gardening Saturday, March 23 from 9-11 a.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.

Sunday, March 24 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.

Sunday, March 24 from 1-3 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. 

APRIL    

Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & 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:

April-October 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 8 p.m.   
Moth Identification Research   
(ages 21 & up)
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Volunteers will assist Park Naturalist with catching and identifying moths.  This activity must be done by shining bright lights in the dark to attract moths. They will be held in jars temporarily, so they can be observed for identification.  Findings will be recorded for further analysis, reporting, and to help educate the public on the local moth population.    

Volunteer Clean Up Thursday, April 4 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 6 from 1-2:30 p.m.   
Easter Egg Hunt (ages 14 & up) 
Big Brook Park, Marlboro
Assist with coloring stations; backyard games; sports activities.

Sunday, April 7 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.

Pruning Trees and Shrubs (ages 16 & up)      
Volunteer Training    

Thursday, April 11 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.

Thursday, April 11 from 1-3 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.

Volunteers Gardening Sunday, April 14 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 27 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:

SVolunteer Environmental Clean Up aturday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Earth Day Environmental Clean-Up      
Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan 
(ages 13 & up; under 18 with adult)       
This 55-acre site, the last undeveloped tract on the Manasquan Inlet, is a great place to fish, walk on the sandy trail, or go sunbathing. Volunteers will assist with cleaning up the natural trail, digging out invasive species, and removing litter from along the shore.  

Saturday, April 27 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       

Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & 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:

April-October 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 8 p.m.  
Moth Identification Research   
(ages 21 & up)
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Volunteers will assist Park Naturalist with catching and identifying moths.  This activity must be done by shining bright lights in the dark to attract moths. They will be held in jars temporarily, so they can be observed for identification.  Findings will be recorded for further analysis, reporting, and to help educate the public on the local moth population.  

Saturday, May 4 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.

Saturday, May 4 from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Spring Plant Swap        
(ages 16 & up)
Tatum Park, Middletown 
Volunteers will assist with event activities.

SVolunteer Beach Clean Up unday, May 5 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.

Sunday, May 5 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.     

Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Bluebird Monitor Program       
(ages 16 & up; 15 & under with adult)     
Thompson Park, Lincroft       
Learn about our expanding bluebird monitoring program.  The training session will include a slide presentation, followed by a walking tour of the bluebird nesting boxes and the purple martin colony at Thompson Park.  Volunteers that attend this session can sign up to help monitor nesting areas throughout the Park System.

Wednesday, May 15 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.

Wednesday, May 15 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.        
Friends of the Parks Annual Golf Outing           
Charleston Springs Golf Course, Millstone    

TTrails Team hursday, May 16 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.

Saturday, May 18 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.

Sunday, May 19 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. 

Volunteers Remove Invasive Plants Wednesday, May 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.         
Invasive Species Identification/Removal     
Volunteer Workshop    
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft    

Saturday, May 25  from 1-4 p.m.   
Papier Mache Ant Sculptures - of the GIANT variety    
(ages 14 & up)
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown 
Volunteers will assist Park Naturalist staff in building giant papier mache ants and other creatures which will adorn the Tent at the 2019 Monmouth County Fair.  Volunteers may return to paint the insects on Friday, June 7th between the hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

JUNE      

Garden in the Parks!         
(ages 16 & 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:

April-October 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 8 p.m.  
Moth Identification Research   
(ages 21 & up)
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Volunteers will assist Park Naturalist with catching and identifying moths.  This activity must be done by shining bright lights in the dark to attract moths. They will be held in jars temporarily, so they can be observed for identification.  Findings will be recorded for further analysis, reporting, and to help educate the public on the local moth population.   

Volunteer helping with fishing Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.         
National Trails Day         
Trail Maintenance Work Session      
(ages 16 & up, previous training required)

TBA from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.       
Saltwater Fishing Derby     
(ages 16 & up, fishing experience required)
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
Assist Park Naturalist staff during the event.

Saturday, June 8 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.

Thursday, June 13 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.

Saturday, June 15 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.

Volunteers helping with kayaks Saturday, June 15 from 2-5 p.m.      
Freshwater Fishing Derby        
(ages 16 & up, fishing experience required)
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
Assist Park Naturalist staff during the event.

Sunday, June 16  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.

Thursday, June 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.

Tuesday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Field Day (ages 16 & up)
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Assist with coloring stations; backyard games; sports activities.

Seining at the Shore!       
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (June 24 through August 23) 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 in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & 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:

April-October 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 8 p.m.  
Moth Identification Research   
(ages 21 & up)
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Volunteers will assist Park Naturalist with catching and identifying moths.  This activity must be done by shining bright lights in the dark to attract moths. They will be held in jars temporarily, so they can be observed for identification.  Findings will be recorded for further analysis, reporting, and to help educate the public on the local moth population.  

Thursday, 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.

Tuesday, July 23 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Field Day (ages 16 & up)
Shark River Park, Wall
Assist with coloring stations; backyard games; sports activities. 

Volunteers at the Monmouth County Fair Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-28          
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 16 & 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:

April-October 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 8 p.m.  
Moth Identification Research   
(ages 21 & up)
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Volunteers will assist Park Naturalist with catching and identifying moths.  This activity must be done by shining bright lights in the dark to attract moths. They will be held in jars temporarily, so they can be observed for identification.  Findings will be recorded for further analysis, reporting, and to help educate the public on the local moth population. 

Volunteer Gardening Saturday, August 24 from 6-9 p.m.      
Celebration 50th Anniversary of Woodstock      
(ages 18 & up)
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Greet guests and assist with refreshments.

SEPTEMBER     

Garden in the Parks!          
(ages 16 & 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:

April-October 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 8 p.m.  
Moth Identification Research   
(ages 21 & up)
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Volunteers will assist Park Naturalist with catching and identifying moths.  This activity must be done by shining bright lights in the dark to attract moths. They will be held in jars temporarily, so they can be observed for identification.  Findings will be recorded for further analysis, reporting, and to help educate the public on the local moth population.   

Wind & Sea Festival Saturday, September 14 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 28 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 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.         
Harvest Home Festival      
(ages 16 & up)
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Assist with various activities throughout the park.

OCTOBER       

Garden in the Parks!        
(ages 16 & 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:

Saturday, October 5 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 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26           
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.    Thompson Park Day   

Sunday, October 20 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 9 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.