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Volunteers are FUNdamental to Lincoln Parks and Recreation!

"A civilization flourishes when people plant
trees under which they will never sit."

-Greek Proverb

Lincoln Parks & Recreation has many volunteer opportunities: coaching youth, special events, parks and trail clean ups, and landscape maintenance. Choose from activities for individuals, organizations and businesses, as well as one-day events or monthly VIP (Volunteers In Parks) activities. Find out more about volunteering by emailing

From September 1, 2014-July 30 2015, the Parks and Recreation department had a total of 2,596 volunteers putting in a reported 21,464 hours of service. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the value of one volunteer hour is $23.07. This equates to over $495,174 of savings for Department’s annual operating budget for the 2014-2015 year.

Parks and Recreation volunteers not only impact our bottom line by providing important services, they get a great sense of community pride for supporting Lincoln’s greatest resource—our City Parks and Recreation system.

We ask that all volunteers complete an individual volunteer application and other appropriate forms, which helps us track your hours, skills and interests. If you are part of a group, only one leader will need to complete an application on behalf of the organization.

Thank you for donating your time to help Lincoln Parks and Recreation!

Select the area of interest to learn more.

Parks, Trails & Trees Recreation Areas Pioneers Park
Nature Center
Centers, Pools & Athletics

Hyde Observatory Public Gardens Community Service
Scouts and Required Service

Volunteers In Parks

The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in the VIP (Volunteer in Parks) Saturday series this spring, summer and fall. Both current and new volunteers are welcome.

To register, send an email to New volunteers are asked to fill out a volunteer application form and bring it to the event or submit it with their registration.

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Tools and materials will be provided. More details will be provided about two weeks before each event.