Welcome. Be well. 
Volunteer activities are with masks and social distancing. Thank you!

Volunteer with us. What are your interests?

Participate in opportunities with Conservation, Recreation, and Cultural Heritage. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists and Master Gardeners are qualified to participate in Educational programs and become Park Ambassadors. 

Get Started… 

  1. Read and sign the Volunteer Handbook. (Please save with a new name.)
  2. Read and sign the Covid-19 waiver. (Please save with a new name.)
  3. Email the handbook and waiver to jsands@ wcparks.org.
  4. Register: wcparks.galaxydigital.com 


Watch this how-to video on using the Volunteer website.
Register for opportunities, respond to events, log your hours, and visualize your impact.

Volunteer Website


Volunteer Needs:

Adopt-a-Garden – help with our native plant program

Adventure Programs


*New volunteer guidelines:

Before you Volunteer…
+ Register at galaxydigital.wcparks.org.
+ Check your temperature.
+ Bring a Facemask.
+ Bring Water.
+ Use the restroom.
+ Bring tools.
+ Follow CDC recommendations on frequent and thorough hand-washing,
covering coughs and sneezes, and not touching your face.
DO NOT volunteer if…
–       Your temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
–       If you are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19
–       If caring for someone with COVID-19 in your household or you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home, do not volunteer.
While Volunteering
+ Please only do what you are comfortable with.
+ Maintain a six-foot distance from people who do not live with you.
+ Wear a facemask.
+ Be respectful of staff and maintain social distancing.
+ Maintain a minimum number of people in the area, avoid groups of 5+
Concluding Volunteering
+ Sanitize any park equipment that is used.
We can provide tools. Contact Stewardship Coordinator Eric Scott for details
+ Carry out your trash.
If you have any questions, comment, or concerns, please contact Jamie Sands, Volunteer Services and Communications Specialist.

2020 Volunteer Opportunities include: 



We will be clearing the climbing areas of debris. The terrain is uneven. Please wear closed-toe shoes, a mask, and bring your own water. Thank you!


Additional Opportunities:



Types of Volunteer Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities: Help improve your parks and the environment by helping with an assortment of opportunities.  No experience is needed; everyone is welcome to help.

Long Term: Adopt-A-Park, Adopt-A-Garden, and Adopt-A-Trail (portion of the Slippery Elm Trail) and more.  Please call (419) 353-1897 for more information about these great opportunities.

Group: Groups may sign up for one-time opportunities.  Stewardship volunteer programs can also be set up for Scouting Groups, Master Gardener service hours, or community groups.  Please contact Eric Scott, Stewardship Coordinator, at escott@wcparks.org  or (419) 661-5113 for more information.

Volunteer Applications are required. Please download and print the form, or request a packet from volunteer services at the Park District Headquarters. (419) 353-1897

For more information about our volunteer program, please call 419-353-1897.

If a background check is required for your service click below:

Volunteer Background Check

Visit our Volunteer website.

Adopt-a-Garden Program:

Our native plant gardens need your help!

Sign-up to be part of a team of people who design, implement and care for the native plant gardens.

Staff will meet you in the spring to get you started. You choose the day and time to visit and tend to the garden. We will supply the plants and tools you need for a successful garden.

Log your hours and add them to this website.

Adopt-a-Garden Parks include:

  • Beaver Creek Preserve
  • Black Swamp Preserve
  • Bradner Preserve
  • Carter Historic Farm
  • Cedar Creeks Preserve
  • Otsego Park
  • William Henry Harrison Park
  • W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
  • Wood County Historical Center & Museum

Specific Requirements:

Need all signups for various gardens by March 15th (initially to preserve garden)

One member from each group to contact me (419) 575 7347 or email escott@wcparks.org

Meet in April about plans, plants etc.

Set up dates starting in May.


  • Minimum visit of once a week (solo) or twice a month (group)
  • A group log so members know who visited and did what
  • No weeds
  • Water as needed (especially new plantings)
  • Plans for plants and map of their locations
  • Request materials as needed (three day notice)
  • Notification of changes to group
  • One spring cleanup and fall wrap up.

Click here to read our Volunteer Mission Statement