Volunteering with KC Parks

The KC Parks volunteer program provides fun and rewarding opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in our parks and community centers. 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.

To fulfill court-ordered community service hours, please call (816) 513-8931.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

Become a KC Parks Ambassador!  Join us to learn more about volunteering with KCMO Parks and Recreation. Space is limited so please e-mail kelly.jander@kcmo.org to reserve your spot. Upcoming dates to be announced. 

KC Parks Volunteer Interest Form

KC Parks Volunteer Interest Form

Project Information


Contact Information

Volunteer Application and Consent        Cleanup Safety Tips        Volunteer Handbook

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.
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Special Events (Individuals or groups) – If you’re looking for a short-term or one-time opportunity, consider volunteering at one of our annual events such as Fountain Day, the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, KC Train Day, Walktober, the Wilderness Run, and more (see calendar).  Volunteers are needed to help with parking, set-up, event registration, and more.

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

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

Parks and Natural Resources

KC Parks Partners – Perfect for neighborhood associations, businesses, and other community and social organizations that what to clean up parks in their neighborhood. In addition to litter pick-up, 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.

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

Kansas City Northern Railroad at Line Creek – The Kansas City Northern Railroad operates three miniature 16-inch gauge passenger trains or the public on a 5/8th mile track in Line Creek Park and is seeking new members. 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, drop by between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. You can also contact Lenny Ohrnell at 816-516-1114.