Each year, Urbana Park District volunteers record thousands of hours leading programs and helping out in district parks and facilities.

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.

Community Program and Engagement Coordinator, Jacob Johnston, can help you find a volunteer opportunity that matches your skills and schedule. Call 217-367-1544 (ext. 311) or email jrjohnston@urbanaparks.org.

Complete A Volunteer Application

Fill out this volunteer application and consent for criminal background check to get started. Email completed application to jrjohnston@urbanaparks.org.

Current and Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities


SPLASH Afterschool Leader or Supervisor

*Paid positions also available*

SPLASH stands for Students Playing and Learning After School Hours. To learn more about the SPLASH program, follow this link: https://usd116.org/grantbasedprograms/

Responsibilities: Help students develop and strengthen academic, physical, and social skills by planning and running fun programs. Assist with the development of recreational and educational programs for children.

Time Commitment: Hours may vary. Monday through Thursday between 2:30 and 6pm

Numbers Needed: 25-35

Skills Needed: An ability to work with groups of children. Will be responsible for arriving on site.

Getting Involved: To claim the position or for any questions, Contact Mathew Lewis at 217-357-1544, ext. 276 or email mvlewis@urbanaparks.org  


Playground Resurfacing Volunteer

Responsibilities: Assist in the distribution of woodchips (and other building materials) to revitalize Urbana playgrounds. Transferring and spreading materials by hand, wheelbarrow, and shovel.

Time Commitment: About two to three hours per playground. Days will vary and will be announced via email to those interested, registered volunteers.

Numbers Needed: 10-20 volunteers (or more!)

Skills Needed: Ability to lift 50lbs from the ground and have a want to get your hands dirty working outside for a fun cause.

Getting Involved: To claim the position or for any questions, Contact Shane Newel at 217-344-9583, ext. 206 or email sjnewell@urbanaparks.org.


Environmental Services Volunteer

Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the full-time nature center staff, the Environmental Services Volunteer assists with the interpretation of environmental and nature-based artifacts, resources, natural areas, and wildlife. This position is based at the Anita Purves Nature Center but may have the opportunity to work offsite in district parks and natural areas. Minimum age requirement: 18 years.

Time Commitment: Minimum 4 hours per month, up to 20 hours per week. Saturdays and Sundays between 9am-4pm.

Numbers Needed: 1-3

Skills Needed: Knowledge of or willingness to learn about Nature Center exhibits. Good customer service skills. Willingness to support equal opportunities for visitors of diverse abilities and backgrounds. Comfort around many different animals is recommended.

Getting Involved: To claim the position or for any questions, contact David Subers at 217-384-4062, ext. 361 or email dasubers@urbanaparks.org


Natural Areas Stewardship Days

Come and go any time between 8am and 5pm! Projects will include seed collection, nuisance plant removal, trash pick-up, and trail maintenance. 

Fall Equinox at Meadowbrook Park – September 22, 2021, 8am-5pm. Park at the Race St. entrance and meet at the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (the barn) to help us celebrate National Public Lands Day!

Winter Solstice at Busey Woods – December 21, 2021, 8am-5pm. Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center Parking Lot


Pop-up Stewardship Days

Sometimes stewardship needs pop up! Upcoming opportunities at different natural areas will be announced on social media one week before each date. Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/APnaturecenter. During these two-hour sessions you can collect seed, remove honeysuckle, and pick up trash as needed.


Wednesday Workdays

  • 9am-11am, September-October
  • 10am-12pm, November-December

Locations are announced weekly – Follow the Urbana Park District on social media. During these two-hour sessions you might plant trees or flowers, collect or scatter seed, remove nuisance plants, maintain trails, and pick up trash as needed.