GET INVOLVED - VOLUNTEER!
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE LICKING PARK DISTRICT
Volunteers support and strengthen the mission of the Licking Park District every day by helping us maintain our trails, protect important natural and cultural resources, and are indispensable to educating and engaging our community. Every volunteer role is vital to our success.
SHARING YOUR TIME, TALENT AND ENERGY WILL BE APPRECIATED — AND MEANINGFUL
Time spent volunteering in nature can be an inspiring, life changing experience. By helping us to help our environment and community, you will have opportunities to feel more connected to each other, and the larger world.
Volunteering offers a reprieve from our attention-deficit, device driven culture, and provides
“In-Real-Life” opportunities to:
- Improve overall mind and body wellness. Escape from your inside day-to-day routine and dive into the great outdoors. Take in fresh air. Move your body. Enjoy wildlife and the sounds of the forest.
- Create new friendships, strengthen family ties and find common ground. Meet new people. Volunteer together as a family. Create a shared experience in nature.
- Share your talents, or learn a new skill. Volunteering fosters a sense of purpose and renews motivation to explore interests and build upon existing skills.
Adopters assist in the general care and basic maintenance of a designated segment of park land or trail. These volunteers self-schedule at least one work trip per month to check on their adopted area’s condition, clear litter and debris, lop back vegetation impeding the trail’s treadway, and reporting hazards or larger maintenance needs.
Assist with maintaining LPD lands, trails, structures and equipment. Examples include trail monitoring, trail maintenance, beautification projects, carpentry, painting and landscaping.
Provide support for cultural resource management projects, research work, and historic restoration projects. Examples include researching, organizing and documenting archived documents and artifacts.
Conservation Stewardship Volunteers
Assist with land and wildlife projects such as invasive species removal, restoring wildlife habitat and tree/stream/wetland health, and planting native perennial gardens.
Citizen Science Volunteers
Assist in collecting data for ongoing scientific survey projects, and contribute to conservation research projects such as bluebird box monitoring and butterfly surveys.
Program & Event Volunteers
Assist with special events and support our educational and recreational program activities. Examples include assisting with our Paddlesports, Archery, Family Adventures, Birding Stroll and Paint the Parks programming.
Provide administrative and community outreach support. Assignments include LPD flyer and map distribution, and updating kiosks.
Our Volunteer Program is for Individuals and Groups made up of families, community organizations, schools, local businesses and corporations.
Complete the online volunteer application. When your application is submitted, you will receive an email from our Volunteer Coordinator with a link to complete your required volunteer screening (at no cost to you).
Schedule and attend your New Volunteer Orientation. Completion is required for all volunteers in order to become “active” and eligible for assignments.
Put on your official Licking Park District Volunteer badge, choose your assignment, and begin!
HEY GROUPS! INTERESTED
We would love to have your members, employees, and students at one of our parks or bike trails for a Stewardship Service Day! Please contact Karen Jennings, Volunteer Coordinator, at (740) 587 – 2535 firstname.lastname@example.org
HEY SCOUTS! HAVE A PROJECT TO PITCH?
We have over 1,600 acres and 80+ miles of paved and natural surface trails to host your Scout project! For more information or to submit a project proposal, please contact Tami McAdams, Operations Administrator, at (740) 587 – 2535 email@example.com
As a Licking Park District volunteer, you will be given training prior to each assignment. This gives you the opportunity to develop or fine tune your skills while gaining valuable experience.
We offer various workshops throughout the year, such as Trail Adopter and Trail Monitor field training, tree and invasive species ID, Citizen Science Bluebird Box Monitoring, Bird Banding, and Lepidoptera Survey training.
There may be opportunities to participate in advanced training to earn certifications throughout the year, such as Interpretation, Archery, Kayak Instruction and First Aid.