Volunteer Calendar

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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 call 732-842-4000, ext. 4283, or email mkelly@monmouthcountyparks.com.
 
Check back often throughout the year as more dates & opportunities will be added.
  

FEBRUARY

Saturday, February 22 from 10:00am-12noon   
Volunteer Docent/Receptionist Training    
Huber Woods Park, Middletown
(ages 21 & up)
Greet visitors and provide information about exhibits and facilities at Huber Woods Park Environmental Center.

MARCH

Sunday, March 2 from 7:00-11:30am  
E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon  
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
Race assistants needed to support activities.
  
Sunday, March 2 
Volunteer Recognition Reception      
Honoring volunteers with over 40 hours of service in 2013.

Saturday, March 8 from 9:00am-12noon  
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 120 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.

Sunday, March 23 from 10:00am-12noon   
Beach Clean-up at Popamora Point, Highlands    
(ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves.  Dress for the weather.

APRIL

Garden Volunteering Begins with a Pruning Training Workshop  
Choose the date that you would like to attend. To register or for more information, please contact Melissa Kelly at mkelly@monmouthcountyparks.com or by phone 732-842-4000, ext. 4283.

Wednesday, April 2 from 9:00am-12noon   
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up except where noted)

Thursday, April 10 from 9:00am-12noon    
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up except where noted)

Sunday, April 6 from 1:00pm-2:30pm   
Volunteer Docent/Receptionist Training  
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Middletown   
(ages 21 & up)
Greet visitors and provide information about on-site ecology and history of the Seabrook-Wilson House. 

Saturday, April 12 from 1:00pm-3:00pm  
NEW!  Garden Ambassador Training   
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
(ages 18 & up)
Welcome visitors and answer questions while out on the grounds of Deep Cut Gardens.  Interact with visitors and spend time in a beautiful setting.  Drop-in to volunteer any day of the week while the park is open.

Monday, April 14-Friday, April 18 from 8:00am-5:00pm  
Spring Cleanup at Deep Cut Gardens   
(ages 14 & up)
Volunteers of all gardening skill levels, from novice to advanced, are needed for raking leaves, weeding, mulching and pruning the trees and shrubs for this intensive spring cleanup.  Bring work gloves.

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, April 26 from 9:00am-12noon  
Earth Day Environmental Cleanup   
Henry Hudson Trail  
(ages 14 & up)
Please meet at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Lot off First Avenue.  Bring work gloves, water and wear sturdy shoes.  This is a great project for groups.  Call 732-842-4000, ext. 4283 to sign-up

Saturday, April 26 from 11:00am-5:00pm   
Earth Day Celebration    
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
(ages 14 & up)
Assist with children’s crafts, nature activities and boat tours.

Saturday, April 26 from 10:00am-2:00pm  
Great Spring Perennial Plant Swap  
(ages 16 & up)
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown

Sunday, April 27 from 11:00am-5:00pm   
Earth Day Celebrations    
(ages 14 & up)
Help is needed to assist with themed event activities at the following locations:
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Middletown
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Holmdel Park, Holmdel
Huber Woods Park, Middletown
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft

 

MAY

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, May 3 from 8:00am-12noon   
Family Funtathlon   
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Assist with event activities to support the contestants in a series of adventure challenges.

Sunday, May 4 from 10:00am-12noon   
Beach Clean-up at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan   
(ages 14 & up; ages 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves.  Dress for the weather.

Saturday, May 17 from 9:00am-12noon  
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 120 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.

Sunday, May 18 from 11:00am-5:00pm    
Walnford Day   
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Help us celebrate Historic Walnford! Volunteers are needed to interact with visitors with arts and crafts projects or historical games! Training to be provided.  

Sunday, May 18 from 11:00am-5:00pm   
Outdoor Adventure Expo   
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold Twp.  
Assist staff with event activities including the climbing wall, archery and/or canoeing.

Sunday, May 18 from 10:00am-12:00noon   
Beach Nesting Bird Monitor Training  
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch   
(ages 18 & up)
Endangered bird species like the least tern and piping plover share the beach with us. Volunteers are needed to help protect their habitat at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch. Training will be conducted by Todd Pover, Conserve Wildlife Foundation.

Wednesday, May 21 from 9:00am-3:00pm    
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 31 from 8:00am-11:30am  
Superhero Fun Run      
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
Support event activities. 

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 7 from 9:00am-12noon  
National Trails Day  
Trails Maintenance Work Session  
(ages 16 & up, previous training required) 
Become a team member. Call for more information. 

Sunday, June 8 from 10:00am-12noon   
Beach Clean-up at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth  
(ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves. Materials will be provided.

Wednesday, June 11 from 7-8pm  
Seining at the Shore Training!  
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth   
(ages 14 & up)  
Learn about the free seining program held at Bayshore Waterfront Park.  Volunteers are needed to assist Park Naturalists and explore what fish and crabs live in the bay.  Programs will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11am-12noon, June 23-August 22

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: 

Wednesday-Sunday, July 23-27 
Monmouth County Fair  
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold   
Ages 14 & up
Our biggest event of the year! Assist with various activities.

AUGUST

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: 

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 & Sunday, September 13 & 14 from 9:00am-6:00pm  
NJ WILD Outdoor Expo   
(ages 16 & up)
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, Jackson Twp.
Assist staff from Outdoor Adventures with event activities.

Saturday, September 20 from 9:00am-12noon  
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 120 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.

Saturday, September 20 from 8:00am-12noon     
NEW! The Chase  
(ages 14 & up)
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Help with race activities (course monitoring/refreshments) or dress up as costumed character to interact with race participants.

Sunday, September 21 from 10:00am-12noon  
Beach Clean-up at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan  
(ages 14 & up; ages 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves.

Sunday, September 28 from 10:00am-5:00pm    
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: 

Fridays & Saturdays, October 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25  
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.

Saturday, October 11 from 7:00-11:00am  
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.

Sunday, October 19 from 10:30am-5:00pm  
Thompson Park Day/Halloween Hullabaloo   
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 1 from 8:00am-12noon  
Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race  
Tatum Park, Middletown
Holland Activity Center Entrance
Race assistants needed to support event activities.