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Volunteer

Park Volunteers Rock! From wiping out graffiti to planting trees (and lots in between) you have made your mark in making our parks shine. Some of the many volunteer opportunities include:

  • Cleaning Graffiti
  • Make A Difference Day
  • National Public Lands Day
  • Picking up Litter
  • Painting
  • Tree Planting
  • Weeding
  • Adopt-A-Park
  • Family Volunteer Days
  • Little Library in the Park

The Parks and Recreation Department welcomes civic organizations, schools, clubs, Boy and Girl Scout troops and interested citizens who wish to help clean, maintain and beautify our City parks. We assist corporations and businesses looking for employee service projects. We also work with large conventions visiting San Antonio looking for volunteer opportunities. 

Looking to make a long-term commitment as a volunteer steward at a particular park?
Check out our Adopt-A-Park Program

Love the greenway trails? Are you friendly and committed to making the trails safe? 
Check out our Trail Watch Program

Click the tabs below to learn more about how to volunteer. 

Support your San Antonio Parks and Recreation by participating in one of our volunteer programs.

OPPORTUNITIES


Calling all Park Volunteers!
We have a ton of great events planned in 2017 and we are looking for awesome Park volunteers to join us! Read on for more info: 


NEW Partner Shout Out - Plant Trees with San Antonio River Authority!
The wonderful staff at San Antonio River Authority are looking for volunteers to help plant trees along Mission Reach 12/10/16, 1/14/17 and 2/11/17, 8-Noon each day. RSVP by emailing yserbones@sara-tx.or


1/28/17 City of San Antonio Volunteer Showcase - Public Safety HQ
10-11:30am
Want to learn about volunteering with other city departments? Now's your chance! Volunteer Coordinators from Graffiti Wipeout, SAPD, Human Services, Animal Care Services, and more will be on hand to share the latest volunteer opportunities. 

Saturday, 1/28/17 Jammin Jams! Special Event Volunteers Needed 
6am-10am
This is an early one! We need volunteers from 6am-10am to assist with this annual fruit and nut tree giveaway. Ages 12+. Bonus: Each volunteer will go home with a tree! Can't volunteer but want a tree? Event starts at 8am. Come early, this is a really popular event!

Saturday, 2/18/17 MLK Park Litter Clean Up
9-noon
Come join us at MLK Park for a fun creekway and park clean up. Ages 5+.

Friday, 2/24/17 McAllister Dog Park Mulching
9am-Noon
Mulch for the mutts! It's time to spread a new layer of mulch at the McAllister Dog Park. Ages 5+.

Saturday 3/4/17 Mockingbird Fest at Hemisfair Park (Hosted by the Hemisfair Conservancy)
12-6 pm at Hemisfair Park Ages 14+
Here are some blurbs about last year’s event:
http://hemisfair.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/mockfest-program.pdf
http://therivardreport.com/mockingbird-fest-celebrating-what-texans-love-about-texas/
This year’s event will be even bigger in terms of the caliber of entertainment acts and in square footage…the revitalized Goliad Street will be open from South Alamo to the Tower, running through and connecting the park once more.

Typical Shifts (Number of volunteers needed):

9:00-noon Greeters/Set up/Vendor assistants (load in) (10)
11:30 am-2:30 pm Greeters (6)
11:30-2:30 pm Surveys (3)
11:30-2:30 pm Art & Entertainment Assistants (10)
11:30-2:30 pm Vendor Assistants (5)
11:30-2:30 pm games assistants (4)

2:00-5:00 pm Greeters (6)
2:00-5:00 pm Surveys (3)
2:00-5:00 pm Art & Entertainment Assistants (10)
2:00-5:00 pm Vendor Assistants (5)
2:00-5:00 pm games assistants (4)

4:30-7:00 pm Greeters/Thank Yous/load out (6)
4:30-7:00 pm Art & Entertainment Assistants/clean up (10)
4:30-7:00 pm vendor assistants (load out) (5)
4:30-7:00 pm surveys/load out (3)
4:30-7:00 games assistants/load out (4)

Free parking (up to 6 hours) and snacks/refreshments during the shift. 
Mockingbird Fest Sign Up: christie.beckham@hemisfair.org

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Schedule Your Own Volunteer Event!
The following events are considered open call-outs for groups. We can schedule an event to fit your calendar! 

Medina River Natural Area - Fence Installation Project
Volunteers are needed to help install a new fence a Medina River Natural Area. This is a great project for groups ages 18+ and will require 3+ hours. We prefer scheduling this on a weekday, but are open to Saturdays. This is one of our more strenuous opportunities, but I know there are some great groups out there that can tackle it! For more information or to schedule your group email Meredith.Tilley@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-8603.

Stone Oak Park Litter Pick Up
We are looking for volunteer groups to help pick up litter at Stone Oak Park during the coming months. Schedule your own event! Dates are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 8am-3pm. For more information or to schedule a date and block of time, email JewellLee.Cozort@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-3284. 

Contact Us

For more information, call:
 210.207.8603
or Email comments and inquiries to the  Meredith Tilley.

 

How to Sign up for Volunteer Opportunities

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Individuals

If you are an individual who is interested in volunteering you will need to complete the Volunteer application and Individual Release Form.

Minor Volunteers: If you are under 18 years of age, you will need your parent or guardian to fill out the Parent/Guardian section of the Individual Release form. You must have a parent/authorized custodian at all times at our volunteer events.

  1. Print and complete the Volunteer Project Outline & Service Agreement Form
  2. Scan the completed form and return via email to   Gabriela Tello (Get help on how to attach and send the form).
    OR
    Send the completed for to us in the mail: address

Groups

  1. Print and complete the Volunteer Project Outline & Service Agreement Form
  2. Scan the completed form and return via email to   Gabriela Tello (Get help on how to attach and send the form).
    OR
    Send the completed for to us in the mail: address

SA Volunteers Sign-Up

You can also sign us through SA Volunteers. In the coming months we will be posting more and more park volunteer opportunities. So sign up online today in order to stay up to date with park volunteer happenings.

Contact Us

Meredith Tilley
Phone:
 210.207.8603

Email:
inquiries to Meredith Tilley  

Kids & Volunteering

Looking for a way to spark your child’s interest in volunteering and stewardship? Check out our new book discussion guide featuring several titles related to litter and recycling. All of these great books are available at the San Antonio Public Library, so check them out!

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Weed Wednesdays

Hardberger Park has a unique diversity of both flora and fauna and that diversity is being threatened by exotic invasive weeds. WE NEED YOUR HELP to combat these weeds which include Australian and Kleberg Bluestem, wild mustard, and malta star thistle. Join us for Weed Wednesdays at Hardberger Park from 7:30am to 9:30am. We will pull weeds as well as plant native plant material in treated areas. Each week will be at a different location within the park so please contact Wendy Leonard at 210.207.3290
or by email Wendy.Leonard@sanantonio.gov for details on meeting places and to RSVP.

Medina River Mondays

 The Medina River Natural Area encompasses 511 acres of some of the most beautiful, pristine, South Texas Plains riparian and upland chaparral in Bexar County. This gem of a natural area in southwest San Antonio needs your help removing invasive plants and related habitat management tasks to bring it up to its fullest potential. Join us for Medina River Mondays, April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016 from 8:00 am to Noon to remove invasive plants and work on habitat restoration projects. Bring your own water, pair of thick gloves (this is thorny brush country, dress accordingly) and a favorite digging tool if you have one. We will meet at the kiosk outside the office at the entrance to the park.

Medina River Natural Area, 15890 Highway 16 South, San Antonio, TX, 78264
(The entrance drive is 350 yards north of the Medina River bridge) map
Please RSVP if possible to Don Pylant, Park Operations Supervisor, (210) 207-3103, Don.Pylant@sanantonio.gov

For more information, call:



 210.207.3290



or Email comments and inquiries to the  Wendy Leonard.


Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Park Clean-Up Projects

The Parks and Recreation Department, along with other City Departments (City Volunteers ), welcomes civic organizations, schools, clubs, Boy and Girl Scout troops and interested citizens who wish to help clean, maintain and upgrade City parks. We also assist corporations and businesses looking for employee service projects and have done numerous projects with organizations bringing large conventions to San Antonio. You provide the volunteers and the elbow grease and we'll provide the materials.

Volunteer Services works with each group to select a project and will furnish the tools and supplies as well as providing technical support during the service project. The scope of work varies and any size or age group can be accommodated. Tasks include anything that can be accomplished in a park such as painting, trash pick up, tree/brush trimming, lake shoreline cleaning, spreading bark mulch or a labor intensive task that may be unique to a particular site.

Calling All Volunteers! 

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Looking for new volunteer opportunities around San Antonio? Check out Mitchell Lake Audubon Center:
http://mitchelllake.audubon.org/volunteer-mitchell-lake-audubon-center 
For more information, contact Nicki Apostolow at 210-628-1639.


Park Watch Program

Citizens interested in contributing to the safety of City parks by being the eyes and ears of the San Antonio Park Police, may call or email for more information on the volunteer Park Watch Program. Find out more about Park Watch Program

For more information on the  Park Watch Program, call:



 210.207.8529



or Email comments and inquiries to the  Park Police.

Trail Watch Volunteers

The Trail Watch Program is seeking dedicated trail lovers. Are you passionate about City trails? Do you enjoy spending time on them? If you answered yes to both questions, we hope you will consider becoming a Trail Watch Volunteer for the City of San Antonio. Find out more about Trail Watch Volunteer Program.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

If you have other areas of expertise, such as recreational education, working with people with special challenges, marketing or other skills, you may contact Meredith Tilley (210.207.8603) for information on other volunteer opportunities in the Parks and Recreation Department. Opportunities exist at our Community Centers as well as other facilities.

Eagle Scout Projects

This is an exciting time to learn about project management and what it means to plan, coordinate, and execute your Eagle Scout project! Boy Scouts interested in completing their Eagle Scout project with the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department are encouraged to view the available projects listed below. The projects are on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. We understand a scout needs to complete their project any time before their 18th birthday. We request that your project be fully completed a month prior to your 18th birthday. The projects listed below require time for planning and approvals before construction begins. 

Friedrich Park- 21395 Milsa Rd

  • Emergency Trail Markers
  • Plant marker signs
    Contact Thomas Paine at 207-3781   

Crown Ridge Park- 7222 Luskey Blvd

  • Plant marker signs
     Contact Thomas Paine at 207-3781    

Eisenhower Park- 19399 N W Military Hwy

  • Cedar rail fence to restrict access to restoration area.
    Contact Thomas Paine at 207-3781 

Medina River Natural Area - 15890 HWY 16 S

  • Plant marker signs
  • Picnic tables for education
  • Council Ring - campsite 
  • Council Ring - grassy meadow 
  • Cedar rail fence for front of park
  • Cedar rail fence and and landscape for entrance walk
  • Extending Palapa structure over picnic area 
  • Seating and signage at bird pond 
  • Hiking trail - campsite to south bank
    Contact Don Pylant at 207-3103

Lady Bird Johnson Dog Park - 10700 Nacogdoches

  • Building and installing 3 benches for the dog park
    Contact Meredith Tilley at 207-8603 or email meredith.tilley@sanantonio.gov 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017