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Locust Grove Nature Center – Get Involved – Volunteer

Volunteer at Locust Grove Nature Center

Have fun, contribute to your community, and learn about nature while volunteering at Locust Grove.

Volunteer summer camp counselors at Locust Grove Nature Center

Volunteer opportunities for individuals include:

  • Camp Counselor
    Be a mentor for our campers and assist with hikes, games, crafts, and other camp activities. Volunteer Counselors commit to at least one full week of camp June through August. Recruitment generally begins in January. Must be at least 14 years of age. SSL hours approved.
  • Nature Center Host
    Do you enjoy working with the public? Help nature center visitors by providing basic information on our programs and trails. Hosts may work year-round for at least one weekend a month. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Animal Care
    Do you like working with animals? Help feed the birds and other wildlife or help care for our exhibit animals. Must be at least 16 years of age. SSL hours approved. Please note, this position is in high demand, but you can email the Volunteer Coordinator to be put on the waiting list.
  • Special Events
    Would you like to volunteer occasionally? Help at during special events throughout the year. Must be at least 16 years of age. SSL hours approved.
  • Gardening & Groundskeeping
    Help keep the Nature Center grounds tidy, weed and water in our native plant gardens, and help us remove invasive plants along the trail. Gardeners and groundskeepers generally work March through November at least one weekend a month. Must be at least 16 years of age. SSL hours approved.

PLEASE NOTE: All volunteer positions are limited, and we may not be recruiting for all these positions at this time. For the most current list of volunteer opportunities for individuals, please visit the Montgomery Parks Volunteer Opportunities page.

Volunteers weeding the trails at Locust Grove

Corporate and Group Volunteer Days

We welcome community and corporate groups for a day of team building and working in the great outdoors! In the past, groups have helped us build play elements in our Natural Exploration Area, cleaned up our stream, pulled invasive weeds in the park, and planted new trees and native plants. Please note, ALL of our group volunteer work is outside! Our facilities are too small to accommodate groups for volunteering inside. To learn more and schedule your group volunteer day, please call the Nature Center: (301) 765-8660.

Gold Award and Eagle Scout Service Projects

We are proud of the contributions scouts have made to beautifying our park and making it a fun and safe place to play! In the past, scouts have built play elements for our Natural Exploration Area, campfire stoves, wood sheds, and more. We have a pre-approved list of projects ready to go! Call the Nature Center to learn more: (301) 765-8660.