Volunteer at Parks
Looking for ways to get involved and volunteer? Miami-Dade Parks Leadership and Community Engagement (PLACE) Program provides a variety of service opportunities for individuals, community/civic groups, schools and corporate entities who are interested in volunteering their time and donating resources to benefit our park system. Through its diverse vehicles of engagement, the PLACE Program inspires individuals to become future park champions. Below you can find various ways to get involved and volunteer at Miami-Dade Parks.
Park Site Volunteers
This is great for individuals looking for opportunities to roll up their sleeves and provide operational support across various park sites in the following areas:
- Afterschool, Summer Camps & Disability Services
- Golf Courses
- Zoo Miami
- Deering Estate
- Other Designated Park Site Volunteer Locations
Note: All park site volunteers typically commit a minimum of 20 hours of service and are subject to background screenings. This is the perfect opportunity for high school students, college service learning students, court mandated volunteers and other individuals looking to fulfill community service requirements.
Adopt-A-Park Group Volunteers
Want to get a group of friends, family, or work colleagues together for a fun volunteer project? Miami-Dade Parks is the perfect PLACE for your group!
This service option matches groups interested in donating resources, volunteer labor, in-kind materials and monetary contributions, with park enhancement projects, cleanups and beautification needs. We also offer groups the opportunity to “adopt” specific park sites and natural areas. Ready to get your group together and make a difference? Complete the Group Volunteering Inquiry form.
Park Service Days
These “one-day” community wide service events take place throughout the year and are perfect for individuals who are looking to volunteer for a few hours at Miami-Dade Parks. Park Service Day events are hosted at various park sites. Event participants are provided with great family-friendly opportunities to work on park beautification tasks, all while building community.
Upcoming Park Service Events
2019 Summer Service Bash
July is Parks & Recreation Month! Come out and celebrate with us during Summer Service Bash, a family-friendly signature service day hosted by Miami-Dade Parks and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 27 at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah, Florida 33013 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (check-in opens at 8:30am). Community service hours will be awarded to all participants. Volunteer projects will include planting, mulching, landscaping, removing litter, and other park beautification activities. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, email email@example.com
Haulover Park Community Action Days
Beautify this coastal park and keep our ocean ecosystem healthy by removing trash and micro plastics. Additional Community Action Day projects may vary.
Greynolds Park Community Action Days
Join other community volunteers as they come together to help with various park beautification tasks around this beautiful historic park. Additional Community Action Day projects may vary.
Conservation Volunteer Events
Interested in making a difference and participating in volunteer activities that are focused on helping the environment? Miami-Dade Parks has plenty of volunteer events where you could roll up your sleeves and give back to mother nature.
ECO Action Days
Volunteer events with a focus on environmental stewardship and conservation. Events are scheduled on a monthly basis, are family-friendly and take place throughout various Miami-Dade Parks’ nature centers, natural areas and park beaches.
Natural Areas Community Cleanups
Miami-Dade Parks’ Natural Area Management Division is responsible for managing and restoring over 90 county nature preserves. The NAM team provides natural resources management services as well as scientific and environmental expertise to various county, state and federal agencies- get to know them and be part of their restoration efforts at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park!
Critical Splash Bay Cleanup - Pelican Harbor Island
Come join Miami-Dade Parks and iPaddle Miami as we come together to help clean up Pelican Harbor Island Bay! Volunteer participants are welcome to “BYOB.” Bring your own paddleboard, kayak, or canoe to this FREE event. Those without equipment can reserve at a Critical Splash discount fee a Single Kayak for just $10 and Double Kayak $20.
Volunteers will take a short “ride” from Pelican Harbor Marina over to Pelican Harbor Island where they will pick up trash/debris and clean up one of our city’s most unspoiled islands currently undergoing a special coastal hammock restoration effort. Program is open to volunteers ages eight and above and held on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For more information please call Pelican Harbor Marina at 305-754-9330.
Miami-Dade Park Conservation Corps
Are you passionate about the conservation of parks and natural areas?
Looking for an opportunity to volunteer and give back to your community?
The Park Conservation Corps is a signature volunteer group comprised of individuals passionate about serving their community and playing an active role in enhancing Miami-Dade County’s park system. Park Conservation Corps members represent a variety of professions across business, government, education and the non-profit sector. They come together with one goal in mind: to champion for parks, open spaces and the conservation of natural areas in our local community through direct civic engagement.
As a member of the Park Conservation Corps, you can:
- Connect with nature, explore our parks and get to know our local community through a “parks” lens.
- Become an advocate and help make parks, open spaces and the preservation of natural areas a top priority in our community.
- Participate in volunteer projects that enhance our heritage parks and natural areas.
- Have the opportunity to learn best practices in the areas of landscaping, tree planting, master gardening, coastal stewardship and many other key conservation efforts.
- Network with other PCC members and interact with Miami-Dade County Parks staff and elected officials.
Participation in the Park Conservation Corps is based on an annual enrollment process. Must be 21 and older to qualify. For more information, please call 305-961-2781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami-Dade Parks’ Disaster Recovery Volunteer Team
Interested in working to get our parks safe and ready for the public in a timely fashion after a storm? Sign up to receive more information and to be included in the volunteer efforts.