mParks (Michigan Recreation and Park Association)

1213 Center St Suite B, Lansing, MI 48906
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Our missionmParks is committed to proving parks and recreation matter; that they improve quality of life and contribute enormously to our economy.

mParks (Michigan Recreation and Park Association)

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Golf Courses and Programs

Support one of five golf courses as a starter, ranger or cart attendant. There are additional opportunities to assist with tournaments, leagues, learn to golf programs and special events.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Dog Park Ambassadors and Gatekeepers(Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks & Red Oaks)

Answer visitors’ general questions, distribute park materials and report concerns or comments to park management. Gatekeepers sign up for shifts to support customer service and park security.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Trails

Be the “eyes and ears” of the Parks trails, while enjoying the outdoors as you patrol park trails on foot. Promote safe and proper use of the trails by providing information to visitors on Park rules and policies.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Campground Laborers

Campground Laborers help maintain the grounds by maintaining flower beds, picking up trash, clearing trails and monitoring restrooms for cleanliness.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Campground Recreation

Campground Recreation Volunteers assist with a variety of activities to entertain campers including arts and crafts, dances, games, movies and events.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

History Corps

Learn about history and preservation while supporting the identification, research, documentation and archival of historical assets of the Oakland County Parks system under the direction of our Chief Archivist. History Corps Docent may provide interpretation of historical assets by conducting tours, staffing information booths, hosting programs and answering questions about exhibits.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Adaptive Recreation

Assist in hosting special, sport and social events for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, seniors and veterans. Activities include special events, socials, tours, teaching and adapting sports skills for individuals with disabilities.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Campground Hosts

Campground Hosts assist campers by answering questions, explaining the rules, providing directions and assisting with check-in.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Bicycle Motocross (BMX at Waterford Oaks)

Track maintenance begins in April. Assist with weekly operation of BMX by providing technical assistance at practices and races. Duties include bike inspection, registration, scoring, staging, corner marshaling and concessions.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Natural Resources Stewardship

Support restoration management of our natural areas by helping with the control and removal of invasive plant species and the collection and dispersal of native plant seed. Citizen Science efforts include monitoring bluebird nest boxes or conducting surveys including frog, grassland bird and butterfly counts.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Nature Centers

Assist in supporting the efforts of nature center staff by greeting nature center guests, caring for captive animals, assisting with nature education programs, badge days and trail walks, preparing program and craft supplies or maintaining outdoor gardens.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpPark and recreation volunteers do more than allow us to serve more people with fewer dollars, they bring important ideas and energy to our programs. And across the state, you’ll find trails and trail programs that wouldn’t even be in existence without volunteers.
About usmParks provides advocacy, resources, and professional development opportunities to a devoted and diverse membership of park and recreation agencies, professionals, vendors, and advocates. It's easy to forget how good it feels to play and to get outdoors. mParks helps remind people of the freedom and adventure and joy of parks and recreation through public outreach and events. We invite all ages to get active, have fun, and foster a connection with the outdoor world.
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