Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Parks

All Volunteer Opportunities

We offer drop-in events as well as more in depth and long-term ways to get involved. Sign up for our volunteer email lists to receive notifications about topics of interest or check out our Event Calendar for upcoming opportunities. Some of these opportunities are suitable for large groups, visit our Group Volunteering webpage to learn more. 


Ecological Restoration & Wildlife

A group of volunteers collecting native seeds
Natural Areas Restoration

Join us for ecological restoration events year-round to help restore Southern Wisconsin's habitats to natural and well-functioning ecosystems. 

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A Land Steward out in the prairie
Certified Land Steward

Certified Land Stewards "adopt" specific natural areas within our properties to help with land management and ecological restoration throughout the season.

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Speckled bird eggs
Wildlife Habitat & Monitoring

Wildlife Monitors help monitor and maintain various kinds of human-built habitat, including bluebird, kestrel, wood duck, purple martin, and bat boxes. 

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Youth, Scout & Friends Groups

Youth volunteers with loppers during a winter brush removal workday
Youth Volunteers for Conservation (YV4C)

A hands-on program that invites high school students from across Dane County to focus on ecological restoration and environmental education. 

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A group of scouts with scoutmasters
Scout Opportunities

Are you a scout looking to do a project within the Dane County Park system? Staff work with scouts throughout the year to develop suitable projects. 

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Friends of Schumacher at Tractor Fest with a parade sign
Join a Park Friends Group

Friends Groups support our parks throughout the county. Each group has unique needs and many different types of volunteer opportunities available. 

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Unique Opportunities

Campground hosts at their host site with sign and camper
Campground Host

Help keep our campgrounds some of the best places to camp by being a volunteer campground host for Dane County Parks! 

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Volunteers with native plants they grew from seed
Native Plant Growers

Volunteer to grow and care for native plants with minimal inputs. Return them to us when they're ready to be distributed to community projects!

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Bumblebee on goldenrod
Community Science

Joining community science events is a great way to help scientists better understand our native wildlife populations and local water quality. 

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