Volunteer Calendar

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 melissa.bezahler@monmouthcountyparks.com

Check back often throughout the year as more dates and opportunities will be added.

JANUARY

Saturday, January 10 from 1-6 p.m.    
WinterFest      
Thompson Park, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up)
Assist with event activities.

Tuesday, January 13 from 9-10:30 a.m.   
Volunteer Docent/Receptionist Training   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
(ages 21 & up)
Greet visitors and provide information about programs at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center.  Volunteer shifts available during weekday mornings.

MARCH

Sunday, March 1 from 7-11:30 a.m.    
E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon   
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
Race assistants needed to support activities.
  
Sunday, March 1   
Volunteer Recognition Reception       
Honoring volunteers with over 40 hours of service in 2014.

Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.   
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 15 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Volunteer Docent/Receptionist Training   
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown 
(ages 21 & up) 
Volunteer shifts are available on Saturdays and Sundays in half-day shifts.

Sunday, March 15 from 2-3:30 p.m.  
Volunteer Docent/Receptionist Training   
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth  
(ages 21 & up) 
Volunteer shifts are available from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays, April-October.  

Sunday, March 22 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.  Dress for the weather.

Saturday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m.  
Volunteer Docent/Receptionist Training   
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
(ages 21 & up) 
Volunteer shifts are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

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 Bezahler at melissa.bezahler@monmouthcountyparks.com or by phone 732-842-4000, ext. 4283.

Wednesday, April 8 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up except where noted)

Thursday, April 16 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
(ages 14 & up except where noted)

Garden Volunteering    
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Call or email for meeting location within the park.  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Invasive Plant Removal Orientation      
Thursday, April 16 from 1-2:30 p.m.   
Thompson Park Visitor Center     
805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
(ages 16 & up)
Come learn about the invasive plants which are in Thompson Park, how to ID, and safely remove them.

Sunday, April 26 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:

MAY

Garden Volunteering   
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Call or email for meeting location within the park.  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Sunday, May 3 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   
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.

Trails Team Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  
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 17 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Beach Nesting Bird Monitor Training    
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activty Center, Long Branch
(ages 18 & up)
Endangered bird species including 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.

Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
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. 

Wednesday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.     
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 30 from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  
Superhero Fun Run      
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
Support event activities.  

JUNE

Garden Volunteering   
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Call or email for meeting location within the park.  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.   
The Amazing Funtathlon   
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Assist with event activities to support the contestants in a series of adventure challenges.

Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.    
National Trails Day   
Trails Maintenance Work Session   
(ages 16 & up, previous training required)
Become a team member. Call for more information.

Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Beach Clean-up at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth   
(ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves. Materials will be provided.

Tuesday, June 9 from 7-8 p.m. 
Seining at the Shore! - Program Training   
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth   
(ages 14 & up)
Assist Park Naturalists and explore what fish and crabs live in the bay.  
Program dates held Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, June 22 - August 21 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.  

JULY

Garden Volunteering   
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Call or email for meeting location within the park.  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Volunteers helping at the Monmouth County Fair Wednesday-Sunday, July 22-26   
Monmouth County Fair   
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold
Ages 14 & up
Our biggest event of the year! Assist with various activities.

AUGUST

Garden Volunteering   
Volunteer at your convenience!  Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Call or email for meeting location within the park.  Please bring work gloves.  Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Saturday, August 8 from 1-5 p.m.  
Dorbrook's 30th Anniversary  
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck   
(ages 14 & up)
Assist with various activities including crafts, scavenger hunts, dance party, climbing wall and more!

SEPTEMBER

Garden Volunteering   
(ages 14 & up except where noted*)
Volunteer at your convenience!  Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Call or email for meeting location within the park.  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.    
NJ WILD Outdoor Expo       
(ages 16 & up)
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, Jackson Twp.
Assist staff from Outdoor Adventures with event activities.

Sunday, September 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Beach Clean-up at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan   
(ages 14 & up; ages 13 & under with parent)
Please bring work gloves.

Volunteers at the Harvest Home Festival Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.   
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!  Help with pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and mulching the beds, or possibly planting flowers in the parks!  Call or email for meeting location within the park.  Please bring work gloves. 

Drop-in Volunteer Days are at the following parks: 

Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.    
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.

Fridays & Saturdays, October 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24   
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 10 from 7-11 a.m.    
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 18 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Thompson Park Day  
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 7 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race 
Tatum Park, Middletown
Holland Activity Center Entrance
Race assistants needed to support event activities.