Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Partners 'n Parks

College Park Scholars Volunteers Partners 'n Parks is a volunteer program, sponsored by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), that seeks local partners to assist in the beautification and maintenance of parks, open spaces, and community facilities in Prince George's County. Partners 'n Parks offers opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in the protection and preservation of parkland creating a desirable and safe park system for everyone to enjoy.

The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains 25,235 acres of parkland in Prince George's County, including neighborhood parks, athletic fields, historic sites, playgrounds, picnic areas, and trails. Open space and landscapes for hiking, bird watching, bicycling, and other outdoor activities are among the many natural resources offered in Prince George's County parks. The park system, including more than 43 miles of trails, is used by millions of visitors each year.

Safe, accessible, and attractive parks are an essential characteristic of a healthy and viable community. Join the Partners 'n Parks program and you can make a difference by preserving parks and open space for current and future generations.

Our Mission

The mission of Partners 'n Parks is to enhance, protect, and promote The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's parks and open spaces through volunteer support and to educate residents of Prince George's County about the value of parks, recreation, and open spaces.

Who can become a park partner?
Everyone! Volunteers with Partners 'n Parks can include:
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Recreation councils
  • Corporations
  • Locally-owned businesses
  • Schools
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Clubs and service organizations
  • Families
  • Individuals ages 18 and up
  • Groups ages 6 and up with adult supervision
How can volunteers help?
Through the Partners 'n Parks program, volunteers can join together for one day, dedicate themselves to a particular park or facility, or join a specialized group.

Adopt a Park (Volunteer as an Individual | Volunteer as a Group)
Volunteer groups and individuals are needed to adopt many types of parks, natural areas, and facilities in Prince George's County. Responsibilities include park beautification, reporting park needs, installing and monitoring bird nesting boxes, and other environmental projects. Groups are recognized with signage at their adopted park. M-NCPPC Park Rangers will help to coordinate activities.

Adopt a Project
Nature Seekers Support a variety of environmental and wildlife efforts that include- conducting wildlife and plant inventories, and assisting with wildlife habitat projects. A M-NCPPC Park Ranger will coordinate these activities and be your contact for projects.

Stream Savers
Improve local streams, ponds, and rivers through ongoing clean-up projects along the Anacostia, Patuxent, and Potomac rivers along with their tributaries. Also, work side-by-side with a M-NCPPC Park Ranger in conducting water-quality testing, identification of living organisms and planting aquatic plants.

Weed Warriors
Identify and remove non-native plants found within the park system. Participation in this program will help improve the overall health of our forests and allow for our native plants to flourish. A two-hour training will be conducted by M-NCPPC Park Rangers for all participants.

Adopt a Trail
Groups can adopt sections of paved hiker/biker trails or natural trails throughout the county, reporting trail needs, and performing small projects. Most trails are adopted for a minimum of 2 years and groups are recognized with signs along their section of the trail. M-NCPPC Park Ranger will coordinate these activities and provide materials as needed.

Are there any special requirements for Park Partners?
As part of the Partners 'n Parks collaborative agreement, volunteer groups will attend a mandatory orientation session with M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation staff. Each group decides how to meet their annual goal: one weekend, one month, or over a year.

All volunteers receive instruction, tools, supplies, and safety information related to their projects. Volunteers also receive thank you gifts and recognition for your dedication and hard work.

Questions?
Contact the Park Rangers Office at 301-627-7755 or the Volunteer Services Office at 301-446-3300.