Volunteering in Forest Park
Join the 1,350 passionate and dedicated Forest Park volunteers who help make this park one of the best public parks in the world.
Forest Park - St Louis MO - Est. 1876
A Passion for the Park
In 2018, 1,350-plus individuals gave their time, talents and energies to support and provide stewardship for Forest Park. That’s nearly 13,000 hours of service, valued at $318,000! How can you help?
Forest Park Forever Office: Office volunteers assist Forest Park Forever (FPF) staff with various office responsibilities, including: distributing premium benefits to FPF donors and members, filing, computer work/data entry, mailings to FPF members and constituents, copying, special projects, processing tribute and memorial gifts, etc. This opportunity is available during business hours, between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.
Annual Spring Savanna Native Plug Planting Project
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Savanna - Kennedy Forest, Southwest quadrant of Forest Park
This year's spring public plug planting will be a celebration of the many cultures and races that add resilience to our humanity: CULTURAL DIVERSITY REWEAVING THE WEB OF BIODIVERSITY. Catherine Ndegwa from Kenya and her African Drum, along with Farshid Etniko and Glenn "Papa" Wright, will be a few of the musicians featured during the Earth Chant portion of the opening ceremony. We will then plant several hundred greenhouse grown native plant plugs with the "poke and pop" method. Poke a hole in the ground and pop in a plant! Installing the native plants will improve the savanna habitat by promoting biological diversity. Children kindergarten and up are welcome with parental participation.
Participants are required to register in advance at the link below. A reminder and map with detailed arrival, parking and meet up instructions will be emailed to volunteers who sign up by Monday, April 8, 2019.
What to wear/bring:
Wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes with socks. No sandals or flip flops.
Dress for the weather conditions, we will work in light rain.
Go Green - please bring a refillable water bottle. Ice water will be provided along with snacks.
Bring sun protection - sun screen, sun hat or ball cap - and bug spray.
Annual Invasive Species Removal and Forest Restoration Project Day: Honeysuckle, and other invasive plant species, negatively impact native Missouri flora. Every fall, Forest Park Forever hosts a large community volunteer event to remove as much invasive and undesirable species as possible in a specific natural area within the Park. The event takes place at the end of October or beginning of November. The 2019 date will be announced in spring with additional information shared in late summer or early fall. Click here for details.
Horticulture & Nature Reserve: Volunteer duties include: weeding, pruning, clean up, trash removal, watering, mulching, invasive species control and planting all under the direction of our Land Management staff. Shifts are 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. primarily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, spring through fall.
Park Project Days: Episodic group volunteer opportunities are periodically scheduled based on time of year, group size, age, abilities and project needs in the Park. Park Project Days are primarily scheduled on weekday mornings between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., spring through fall. Weekend opportunities are very limited. Click here for an overview of this opportunity.
Flora Conservancy: A 501c3 organization that partners with the City of St. Louis Parks Department offers horticulture volunteer opportunities in Forest Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. 9:00-11:00 a.m. For more information visit this page or call 314.289.5323.
KWAG: The Kennedy Woods Advisory Group is a made up of a small but dedicated team of volunteers that began native restoration work in the savanna near Kennedy Forest in 1999. Today, the group is re-energizing under the guidance of the Forest Park Forever Park Ecologist and Nature Reserve Team. We are looking for additional volunteer assistance for two opportunity tracks:
Once-a-Month Small Group Native Restoration Project Team; and
Episodic (up to 2 projects a year) Native Restoration Projects.
Both KWAG volunteer opportunities will primarily take place on weekends (we are targeting the first Saturday of each month). Volunteers must be 18 years or older for the once-a-month opportunity and students under 18, with parental supervision and involvement, may be considered for some of the episodic projects. Each episodic project will be evaluated, and a minimum age requirement will be clearly posted on the individual project sign up form, along with date, time, location and project overview.
Volunteers who complete an application, for either opportunity, will be contacted by a Forest Park Forever representative for follow-up. To sign up, complete one of the applications at the top of this page.
Fundraising Events / Special Events
Events: Forest Park Forever hosts several member appreciation events and fundraising activities that may require volunteer assistance. These opportunities are generally 4 to 5 hours in duration and may take place during afternoons, evenings or weekends.
Visitor Services / Public Programs
Information Desk: This position is a partnership with Explore St. Louis (the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission). These front-line volunteers welcome and provide valuable information to visitors and park users. Familiarity with Forest Park and St. Louis attractions/region required. Shifts are 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. daily and volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. For more information, please contact Rob Gatz, Volunteer Services Manager – Explore St. Louis, 314.992.0675, email at email@example.com or download a volunteer application from the Explore St. Louis website.
Park Ambassadors: These volunteers provide mobile visitor services in the Park. Duties include distributing maps, giving directions, providing assistance with the Forest Park Trolley and serving as a reporting mechanism for emergencies, park hazards and maintenance issues. Familiarity with the Park is required. Shifts: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, late mornings and early afternoons, spring through fall.
Park Tours: Volunteers lead hour-long walking tours originating from the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center. Tour guides receive in-depth training on Park history, current events and various points of interest. Walking tours are scheduled spring through fall, weekdays & weekends. A second tour guide opportunity involves serving as a “hop-on bus guide” for groups and organizations that provide their own bus/shuttle transportation. These volunteers receive training and a detailed “tour script” to use as a tour template. Hop-on tours are scheduled based on volunteer availability.