Bellevue State Park Volunteers

Parks Volunteer Info


National Volunteer Managers Day

Friday, Nov 5, 2021

THANK YOU Managers of Volunteers!

Thousands of volunteers help with the tremendous task to manage, protect, and interpret the natural and cultural resources entrusted to Delaware State Parks. Effectively engaging volunteers to meet both the interests of the volunteer and the needs of the park takes dedicated staff to coordinate the remarkable and often complex resources volunteers bring with them.

Delaware State Parks celebrates the achievements and the contributions of our skilled, Managers of Volunteers who are adept at coordinating the passion of our volunteers and turning it into effective action in our parks and programs statewide.

THANK YOU to all of our Managers of Volunteers who skillfully lead volunteers and to all of our volunteers who make such a difference!

Help Your Favorite Delaware State Park- VOLUNTEER

It is a tremendous task to manage, protect and interpret the natural and cultural resources entrusted to Delaware State Parks. Our hardworking staff relies on dedicated volunteers like you to help fulfill that mission!

In as little as 2 hours, individuals and groups can make a difference in Delaware State Parks. They come from every corner of our state, and represent the wonderful diversity to be found in Delaware:

  • Individuals and Groups
  • Businesses and corporations
  • College & University Organizations
  • Civic and community clubs and organizations
  • Families
  • Students
  • Military
  • Public service organizations
  • Places of worship
  • Youth Organizations

2 ways to get involved!

1. Volunteer Calendars: For individuals and groups.

Only have a few hours or want flexibility on when you can volunteer? Check out our Volunteer Calendar for volunteer activities schedules in parks throughout the state.

Just for Groups: Weekday projects in New Castle County - Check Corporate/Business Volunteer Project Calendar

2. Tell Us what You Are Looking For: Individuals and Groups

Not sure what you are looking for? Didn’t find something that works for you? Complete our Volunteer Interest Form.

This provides us with information to help better understand your interests and availability and match these against the help needed in the park, guiding us to prepare for a successful and rewarding volunteer activity.

Individuals: A variety of flexible volunteer opportunities to meet your schedule and interests, such as:

  • Adopt a Trail
  • Nature Center Programming
  • Historic Site interpretation
  • Conservation Projects
  • Gardening
  • Among others
GROUPS/Organizations

Help us plan your team’s service project!

From as few as 5 to as many as hundreds, volunteer groups can make a big impact in our parks – We work with you to coordinate a project specific to your groups schedule and interests, such as:

  • Trail Maintenance
  • Conservation Projects
  • Park Based projects
  • Gardening/Landscaping
  • Painting/light construction
  • Special events
  • Among others

Join your team mates for a great day in the park!

OTHER PROGRAMS:

Delaware State Parks Internship Program - provides opportunities for qualified students and career-focused graduates to apply learned theory and experience to practical situations and to observe an organization first-hand.

Volunteer Host Program - Individuals and couples with an RV volunteer in campgrounds and parks and receive a free campsite.

Work-Based Learning Program - school year, team-based, volunteer program for high school juniors and seniors providing meaningful hands-on park projects as a means of connecting academic work with practical job readiness skills in a real-world workplace environment. Not just for those interested in environmental or conservation careers. Students select morning or afternoon slots to fit their schedule. In partnership with the Dept. of Education, may be suitable for career pathway credit towards graduation.

Youth Conservation Corps - Summer jobs program providing hands on work experience along with environmental awareness opportunities for young people aged 14 - 21 These are environmentally focused, outdoor summer jobs, not a summer camp experience; Corps members should expect to work hard, get dirty, and make a difference.

Join a Friends Group

Delaware State Parks is fortunate to partner with 14 outstanding non-profit Friends Organizations who support the mission of the parks. Look into the many ways Friends groups make an impact and consider becoming a "Friend" of Delaware State Parks.

What it takes to be a volunteer

  • Desire to share your skills, talents, time to make a difference.
  • Inspired to give back.
  • Love of the outdoors and natural areas.
  • Willingness to help others experience Delaware’s natural resources first hand.
  • Enthusiasm to help create memories that can last a lifetime.

There are many reasons why volunteers choose to make a difference in Delaware State Parks.

While yours motivations may be as unique as the different opportunities to volunteer, there is a framework that determines what is required to volunteer. For more information about what it takes to be a volunteer in Delaware State Parks, please see our Delaware State Parks Volunteer Code

How about it?

Ready to begin a new and exciting activity? One that will benefit not only you , but countless other visitors to Delaware's State Parks?

We need the help of people just like you. So join our team in Delaware's State Parks - VOLUNTEER!