Volunteering with KC Parks

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The KC Parks volunteer program provides fun and rewarding opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in our parks. Service activities range from one-time projects and events to longer-term positions (see detailed descriptions below).

Individuals under the age of 18 must have parent or legal guardian written consent. All volunteers working with children, senior citizens, or people with disabilities are required to undergo a background screening consisting of a sexual offender registry and a criminal history search. The City of Kansas City, Missouri does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Please complete  the form below to inquire about volunteering with KC Parks! For more information, contact Parks.Volunteer@kcmo.org.

Currently, we are unable to supervise court-ordered community service.

Great Kansas City Clean Up

Mission: Litter-Free KC
Earth Day, April 22

Everyone is invited to participate in this massive citywide parks beautification event on Earth Day, April 22. 

Volunteers can pick up litter at one of many sites throughout the day, or help remove invasive brush at Kessler Park/Gate 2 from 9a-noon. Bags, gloves, and location assignments will be available at each of the check-in areas. Registration is required at this link.

  • Indian Creek Trail (99th and Holmes Trailhead), 9 a.m. – noon 
  • Indian Creek Trail (103rd & State Line), 9a-noon
  • Paseo Boulevard & 51st St., 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Paseo Boulevard & 57th St, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Paseo Boulevard & Gregory, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • E. Meyer Boulevard (E. Meyer & Bellefontaine median), 9 – 11 a.m.
  • MLK Corridor/Brush Creek Greenway – Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 9 a.m. – noon
  • MLK Corridor/Brush Creek Greenway – Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Town Fork Greenway (57th & Agnes), 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Blue Valley Park (23rd & Topping), 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Invasive Brush Removal at Kessler Park, Gate 2, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Cliff Drive Gate 4 (Gladstone and Elmwood), 9 a.m. – noon
  • The Colonnade (200 S. Benton Blvd), 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Indian Mound Overlook, 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Mark McHenry Park, noon – 2 p.m. 
  • Winnwood Park (NE 44th Street and N Cypress Ave.), 9a-noon

Many thanks to our volunteer leaders:
Aaron DeWitt, Amanda Wilson, Christopher Lowrance, Colleen Doctorian, Darlene Guess, Diana Radzevich, Elise Jackson, Gabby Stanley, Gloria Smith, Kate Delehunt, Lauren Ellenbecker, Lisa Ray, Lucy Fletcher, Nancy Simons, Robin Wall, Sara Becker, Tracy Flowers, Tracy Hull, and Wil Oden.

Thanks to these teams for volunteering on Earth Day 2022:
Avila University, Bishop McCann, Blue Valley Neighborhood Association, Clemons Real Estate, Eagle Scouts – Pembroke Hill HS, Heartland Conservation Alliance, Insight Global, JE Dunn, KC Parks Ambassadors, Kiewit Engineering Group Inc, Starlight Theatre, Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association, Tetra Tech, The Cordish Companies, Tracy Flowers LLC, Turner Construction, We VIBE KC, Youth Volunteer Corps

Weekly Cleanups

Make a Difference Mondays:  Paseo Blvd. Litter Clean-Ups
Mondays, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
57th and Paseo (Park on street nearby and meet in median)
The community is invited to help us tackle the loose litter problem on our boulevard.  This effort is being led by KC Parks Ambassador Aaron DeWitt.    Please RSVP parks.volunteer@kcmo.org

Gregory Blvd Litter Cleanup
Fridays, 9 a.m.
Meet at Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd. KCMO 64132
KCMO Parks and Recreation will provide bags and gloves for all volunteers at Lakeside Nature Center. Registration is required. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a reusable water bottle filled with water. Thanks to KC Parks Ambassador Eric Lane for leading this project.  Please sign up HERE

Camp Lake of the Woods Entrance/Oldham Road Litter Cleanup     
Saturdays, 3 p.m.
Meet at the Parking Lot/Entrance to Camp Lake of the Woods
(Intersection of Oakwood Dr. and Oldham Road)
KCMO Parks and Recreation will provide bags and gloves for all volunteers. Registration is required. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a reusable water bottle filled with water. Thanks to KC Parks Ambassador Carrie Simpson for leading this project.  Please sign up HERE 

Indian Mound Overlook/ Kessler Park Weekly Cleanup
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Indian Mound, Gladstone Blvd and Belmont
Meet at the Overlook (Gladstone Blvd and Belmont). RSVP to parks.volunteer@kcmo.org

Ongoing Opportunities

KC Parks Ambassador (Individuals) –
Ambassadors commit to volunteering a minimum of 3-5 hours per month, and in some instances, help lead volunteer groups. To become an Ambassador, volunteers must attend an information session, complete a volunteer application, and attend an Ambassador training session. Apply Here>>

Litter cleanups (Individuals or groups) –
Neighborhood associations, businesses, community and social organizations are always needed and welcome to help beautify parks.

Gardening and landscaping (Individuals or groups) – Assist with planting flowers, shrubs and trees, pruning shrubs and trees, and mulching on park properties.

Honeysuckle removal (Individuals or groups) – Help clear invasive brush such as honeysuckle on group workdays, or learn to become a team leader.

Partners in Parks – Perfect for neighborhood associations, businesses, and other community and social organizations that want to clean up parks in their neighborhood. In addition to litter cleanups, park adopters could:

  • Help clear invasive brush such as honeysuckle
  • Gardening and landscaping – planting flowers, shrubs and trees, and mulching
  • Pruning shrubs, trees and more

Friends of Lakeside Nature Center (Individuals or groups) – The Friends of Lakeside Nature Center rehabilitate wildlife brought to the center, provide educational programs to school groups and others and help with special events. Those interested can contact our partners at Lakeside Nature Center at folnc@crn.org.

Kansas City Northern Railroad at Line Creek –The Kansas City Northern Railroad operates three miniature 16-inch gauge passenger trains on a 5/8th mile track in Line Creek Park. The trains run weekends and holidays May through September. Volunteers are needed year-round as engineers, conductors, ticket agents, mechanics, and track workers. No experience is required. Training is provided for all positions. The club meets every Wednesday evening at the Line Creek Park train building for work sessions. For more information, contact 816-746-5663 or visit the website. 

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