Volunteer Opportunities Inspire, Teach & Involve!

The York County Park system is comprised of over 4,500 acres in 11 parks, which provides a variety of opportunities that engage volunteers in meaningful service that furthers our mission.

Opportunities Include:  

  • Front Desk at Nixon County Park: Ensure visitors’ experience at Nixon Park is positive.  Assist guests, answer phones, and complete other duties as assigned by staff. Training is provided.
  • Maintenance: Share your project, construction, and outdoor skills!  With miles of trails, parking lots, and bird feeders, there is always work to be done.
  • Adopt-a-Trail: Adopt a section of trail at one our parks to help keep it passable for visitors.  
  • Park Ambassador: To provide a presence on park grounds in a non-enforcement capacity. Ambassadors will provide information/trail ethics for trail users, advise of violations or public safety concerns, and take an active role in protecting/ preserving the parks to assist the full-time Ranger department. Training is provided. 
  • Garden: Work to fight invasive species, use your gardening and weeding skills.
  • Fox Storytime at Nixon Park: Combine your love of children and nature by reading stories to preschool children on a field trip to Nixon Park. Training is provided to help you choose books, puppets, and other materials to engage young children in a hands on learning experience. 
  • Volunteer Naturalist: Help lead students K-12 on hikes, water studies, or lead a public program. Training is provided.
  • Special Events/Projects: Assist during special events such as Reptile Week, Feederwatch, Bluebird trail monitoring, Christmas Magic, Maple Sugar Days, and more.
  • Friends Groups: Consider joining the Friends of Wallace-Cross Mill, Friends of the Heritage Rail Trail, and Friends of Canine Meadows. Become a docent at the mill or open the train station museums during the summer months.

For Eagle Scouts, Scout Groups, Community or Company Groups, Including Service Days: 

Please contact the park headquarters for more information at (717) 840-7440 or parks@yorkcountypa.gov

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those individuals needing accommodations for access within the York County Parks, please call the County of York at (717) 771-9214.