Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities to volunteer with M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County are almost unlimited! Individuals and groups can help on a one-day project or on an ongoing basis.

Court Ordered

The Department of Parks and Recreation does not accept court-ordered volunteer service. Visit the SHARE Food Network or Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility for court-ordered volunteer opportunities. 

Park Police Opportunities

 Park Police Community Volunteer Academy 

The Park Police Community Volunteer Academy is offered to the community to inform participants about the functions of the Park Police and the law. The academy training is offered annually, one night a week for 8 weeks. Students receive instruction from experienced Park Police officers, Park Police Volunteer Association members, prosecutors, and others who work in law enforcement or public safety.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Crime scene management
  • The role of the prosecutor
  • Current drug trends
  • Gang awareness
  • Traffic and criminal law


Those who fully complete the training receive a certificate of completion. Academy participants can also obtain first aid and CPR certifications.

Park Police Volunteer Association

After successfully completing the volunteer academy, graduates may volunteer as members of the Park Police Volunteer Association (PPVA). Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to the following; bike and foot patrol, fingerprinting, and assisting at festivals and bicycle rodeos. The volunteers have proven to be a great asset to the Park Police Division.


This year PPVA improved its “KidsPrint” program by purchasing a child digital fingerprinting machine through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. The program offers a series of child digital fingerprinting events where parents bring their children, ages 3 to 15 years old, to be fingerprinted and photographed. No information is stored or uploaded to a database; the parent receives a printout of the child’s information to store for safekeeping.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact ParkPolice.Community@pgparks.com

Student Service-Learning

Students can earn Student Service Learning hours for many volunteer opportunities. Check out the different options here.

Summer Opportunities

Important Reminders for Summer Program Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Volunteer applications are accepted online from March 1- May 1
  • Youth can sign up to volunteer at only one Summer Playground or Summer Day Camp. Youth cannot volunteer at a site where a younger sibling is a registered participant. 
  • Youth volunteers must be the required age on or before May 31 to volunteer:
    • Playgrounds: 14 years old
    • Summer Day Camps: 15 years old
  • Youth volunteers ages 15 and older must complete a criminal background check.
  • All youth volunteers must attend pre-service training in May/June.
  • Volunteers are scheduled 12-15 hours per week; transportation is not provided.
  • These volunteer opportunities are approved by Prince George’s County Public School to earn Student Service Learning Hours.
Volunteer Groups

Groups can volunteer for a one-day project or dedicate themselves to a particular park or trail for long-term beautification and maintenance. All volunteers receive project coordination, safety orientation, and materials needed for the specific project from M-NCPPC Park Rangers prior to the start of their service.

Anyone can become a trail volunteer!

Volunteer groups can include:

  • Clubs and service organizations
  • Corporations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Families
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • Groups of friends and neighbors
  • Locally-owned businesses
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Recreation councils
  • Schools
  • Volunteer Projects
Adopt a Park/Trail

Volunteer groups may adopt one of the parks, natural areas, trails, or facilities. Responsibilities include park beautification, reporting park/trail needs, installing and monitoring bird nesting boxes, and other small or environmental projects. Groups are recognized with signage at the adopted park/trail and are asked for a commitment of at least two (2) years.

Weed Warrior volunteers identify and remove non-native plants to help improve the overall health of our forests to allow native plants to flourish.

For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at