Each year, the Urbana Park District volunteers log thousands of hours leading programs, helping in parks and facilities and in many of its programs. In 2013-14, volunteers provided 2,814 hours of service.

Urbana Park District volunteers make it possible to provide the level of service we do. By helping staff maximize the number of residents we can serve through recreation programs and by ensuring high-quality parks through stewardship efforts.

Development Manager Ellen Kirsanoff can help you find a volunteer opportunity that matches your skills and schedule. Call 217-367-1536 or email erkirsanoff@urbanaparks.org.


Fill out this volunteer application to get started.


School Tour Guide

Responsibilities: Lead nature activities designed to introduce children to the outdoors. Curriculum training is provided and required prior to start of tours.
Time Commitment: Several hours a week during the school year. Can be scheduled to your availability.
Numbers Needed: Open
Skills Needed: An ability to work with groups of children. Ability to speak to groups and follow curriculum provided.

Youth Soccer Coach

Responsibilities: Coaching youth ages 6-14 in the basics of the sport. Coaches provide supervision of practices and games and teach skills.
Time Commitment: 4 hours a week. Practices are late afternoon, games are on Saturdays.
Skills Needed: An ability to work with children, organize practices and teach skills. Coaches can attend a free coaching clinic that teaches the techniques used to teach basketball skills and work with children. Practices begin mid-August.

Stewardship Saturdays

Learn more about the natural areas maintained by the Urbana Park District when you assist in their care. Remove invasive plants, improve trails, plant native trees and flowers and help with general clean-up. Please dress accordingly. Tools, gloves, training and refreshments are provided. Please call 217-384-4062 in advance to let us know you are coming. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.