DNR's Recreation and natural areas programs NEED YOU!
DNR's volunteer calendar provides an updated list—by month—of the different opportunities for volunteers, including projects that qualify for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.
Volunteer Hero Award
In September 2013, DNR began receiving nominations for the Commissioner’s Volunteer Hero Award. Candidates were nominated based on thier demonstrated leadership and commitment in their sustained service to DNR's Volunteer Program.
In the first three quarters of 2012, over 49,000 volunteer hours were reported. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark would like to thank these volunteers who have served to support DNR’s mission to provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life.
What kinds of volunteer opportunities are there?
- Becoming a forest watch volunteer.
- Become a Campground host for DNR.Site stewardship.
- Participating in work parties to help build and maintain trails and facilities.
- Restoring damage to habitat and resources.
- Removing invasive weeds.
- Joining an Adopt-A-Trail or Adopt-A-Site program.
- And much more!
DNR also posts volunteer events on its blog | Facebook page | and Twitter feed.
Who to talk to about becoming a volunteer
DNR has volunteer coordinators located throughout the state, listed below by region:
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with DNR!
Volunteers play a key role in the success of DNR’s Recreation and Natural Areas programs. Their energy, enthusiasm, hard work, and time make it possible for visitors to enjoy safe, sustainable, and high quality outdoor recreation experiences on DNR-managed lands. Volunteering on DNR-managed lands is a great way to meet others who share a passion for outdoor recreation and who want to learn new skills while playing outside.