Volunteer Discovery Days & Special Events

Monthly Volunteer adventures for individuals and groups

Contact: Glen Stubbolo
89 Kings Hwy., Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9193
Fax: (302) 739-3817
Email


For more info, click on the events listed below

August 19 SPECIAL EVENT

Blue Ball Barn, Wilmington

Paw Paw Folk Festival Call for Volunteers!

Join us for a family-friendly day of fun-filled activities, including music, storytelling, folk art, and food at the Blue Ball Barn in Alapocas Run State Park!

   What tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango and might be growing near you right now? You guessed it - the Paw Paw!

We need YOU to help us bring this event together!

Help us to learn and celebrate this fruit which grows along the banks of rivers, like the Brandywine, and was enjoyed by Native Americans and early European settlers to our area, as well as kayakers and hikers today.

We need help with:

  • Event set-up and take-down
  • Room and activities monitors/helpers
  • Parking
  • General festival help and assistance

Location:   Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W. Park Dr., Wilmington, DE 19803

Time:   10:00am to 3:00pm

If interested, please contact Lauren.Cook@state.de.us | (302) 900-1593


Friends of Killens Pond Trails Day

2nd and 4th Thursday of every month

May 11 * May 25 * June 8 * June 22 * July 13 * July 27 * August 10 * August 24 * Sept 14 * Sept 28 * Oct 12 * Oct 26

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Killens Pond State Park 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton, DE 19943

   Maintenance Yard - This is not a public place.

   Park in the Waterpark overflow parking area.

   Maintenance Yard - This is not a public place.

   Follow trail from back corner of parking area along tree line to paved trail.

   Meet at Maintenance area Fenced gate.

The Friends of Killens Pond State Park is a non-profit organization with a mission to enjoy and protect the land within Killens Pond State Park and its management areas and to actively participate in the Park’s preservation and improvement.

Friends of Killens outside link

Volunteers will assist with trail maintenance, including but not limited to, trash removal, trimming back trails, mulching, invasive species removal, and trail leveling.

What to wear and bring:

  • Long pants recommended
  • Closed-toed shoes are required. Those that show up with sandals or open toed shoes will not be allowed to participate for safety reasons.
  • Bug spray & sunscreen if desired
  • Water and snacks
  • Work gloves

To Participate: join the group at Maintenance park interior gate at 9:00am.

WALKUP VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

Check this webpage or call the park office for updates, changes or cancellations: 302.284.4526


Friends of Cape Henlopen Monthly Trails Day

The 2nd Saturday through December

June 3 * July 8 * Aug 12 * Sept 9 * Oct 14 * Nov 11 *Dec 9

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Cape Henlopen State Park Nature Center

   15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958

Details: The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park (FOCHSP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that works with the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation and the staff to support and advocate for one of the county's most unique public parks.

Friends of Cape Henlopen outside link

One of the most important activities we undertake is aimed at keeping the Park’s trails clear and safe. On "Trail Days", Friends and volunteers engage in regular trail cleaning and clearing maintenance as well as other projects, as needed.

What to wear and bring:

  • Weather appropriate clothing (layers are recommended), long pants, closed-toe shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Work gloves if you have them

TO PARTICIPATE: just join the group who gather at the Nature Center at 9 am the first Saturday of each month.

WALKUP VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

Check this web page for updates, changes or cancelation.


White Clay Creek State Park

The 4th Saturday through October

May 27 * June 24 * July 22 * August 26 * Sept 23 *October 28

Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where: Chamber's House Nature Center, 1475 Creek Road, Newark DE 19711.

NOTE : Since this is a heavily populated lot, the rangers will come through on a regular basis to check for entrance fee payment.

Details: We will be working on various projects around the nature center and surrounding trails. Including trail maintenance, park projects and removing invasive plants:

  • local trails within a short distance of the nature center parking lot
  • Creek access points utilized by our summer camps and public programming.

What to wear and bring:

  • Weather appropriate clothing (layers are recommended), long pants, closed-toe shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Work gloves if you have them

TO REGISTER: Completing this form helps us plan ahead

You can get more information or register by contacting: Keely Wells or call (302) 538-1662

WALKUP VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

Check this web page for updates, changes or cancelation.

 

ALAPOCAS RUN STATE PARK Volunteer Days

2nd Saturday thru December

June 3 * July 8 * Aug 12 * Sept 9 * Oct 14 * Nov 11 *Dec 9

When: 2nd Saturday of each month (except in June - will be on June 3rd for National Trail Day)

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Alapocas Run State Park – 234 Alapocas Dr., Wilmington, DE 19803 We will meet in the Alapocas Ball Fields parking lot

Details:

  • Trail corridor maintenance – clipping trails
  • Removing obstructions on the trails
  • Removing invasive plants along trails
  • Picking up litter and trash along the trails

What to wear and bring:

  • Weather appropriate clothing (layers are recommended), long pants, closed-toe shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Work gloves if you have them

Maximum group size: 50 people

TO REGISTER: ARSP Volunteer Day

For more information contact: Lauren Cook or call (302) 900-1593


WILMINGTON STATE PARKS – Brandywine Park

3rd Saturday thru December

May 20 * June 17 * July 15 * Aug 19 * Sept 16 * Oct 21 * Nov 18 * Dec 16

When: 3rd Saturday of each month

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Brandywine Park (Wilmington State Parks)

      1080 N Park Dr., Wilmington, DE 19802

      We will meet at the Josephine Fountain

Details:

  • Removing invasive plants in the park
  • Beautification by removing litter and trash in the park
  • Raking leaves and cleaning up plant debris

What to wear and bring:

  • Weather appropriate clothing (layers are recommended), long pants, closed-toe shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Work gloves if you have them

Maximum group size: 50 people


TO REGISTER: WSP VOLUNTEER DAY

For more information contact: Lauren Cook or call (302) 900-1593


Brandywine Creek Trail Days

1st Saturday thru November

May 6 * June 3 * July 8 * August 5 * Sept. 2 * Oct. 7 * Nov. 4

When: 1st Saturday of the month thru November

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Brandywine Creek State Park

      41 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington DE

      Meet at Nature Center

Details:

  • Volunteers will help with trail corridor maintenance -this involves trimming back trails, removing some invasive plants, and picking up trash along trails, along with other park based volunteer activities.
  • DON'T WORRY - We will provide tools and training for basic trail work!
  • For those who want more -we will also be discussing details for Trail Stewards and Adopt-a-Trail programs

What to wear and bring:

  • Weather appropriate clothing (layers are recommended), long pants, closed-toe shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Work gloves if you have them

TO REGISTER: BCSP VOLUNTEER DAY

For more information contact: Elanor Boyce or call (302) 270-5463


Bellevue Trail and Invasive Species Days

First Sunday thru November

May 7 * June 4 * July 9 * August 6 * Sept 3 * Oct 8 * Nov 5

When: 1st Sunday through November

Time: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Bellevue State Park

      800 Carr Road

      Meet at Front Office

Details:

  • Volunteers will help with trail corridor maintenance -this involves trimming back trails, removing some invasive plants, and picking up trash along trails, along with other park based volunteer activities.
  • DON'T WORRY - We will provide tools and training for basic trail work!
  • For those who want more -we will also be discussing details for Trail Stewards and Adopt-a-Trail programs

What to wear and bring:

  • Weather appropriate clothing (layers are recommended), long pants, closed-toe shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Work gloves if you have them

TO REGISTER: Bellevue Volunteer Day

For more information contact: Elanor Boyce or call (302) 270-5463


Fort Delaware

2nd Saturdays through October

May 13 * June 10 * July 8 * Aug 12 * Sept 9 * Oct 14

When: 2nd Saturdays through October

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Fort Delaware State Park – Delaware City

      Ticket Office- 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City

      Meet at Pier

      May 13:   Fishing Pier- end of Wilmington Avenue, Delaware City/Fort DuPont

      June 10:   Fort Delaware Ticket Office- 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City

      July 8:   Meet at Grassdale Center, Delaware City ( Past Governor Bacon Center on road to side of Reedy Point Bridge)

      August 12, Sept 9, Oct14:   Fort Delaware Ticket Office- 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City

Details:

  • Help with a variety of projects ranging from painting tram on the Island to special events, from nailing boards on the dock to maintain grounds, from beach cleanup to trail maintenance.
  • DON'T WORRY - We will provide tools and training for basic trail work!
  • For those who want more -we will also be discussing other volunteer opportunities at this historic Park.

What to wear and bring:

  • Weather appropriate clothing (layers are recommended), long pants, closed-toe shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Work gloves if you have them

TO REGISTER: Fort DE Volunteer Day

For more information contact: Brandon Watkins or call (302) 535-9898