Volunteer with Forest Park Forever
Join the 1,200-plus passionate Forest Park volunteers who help make this one of the best public parks in the world.
A Passion for the Park
In 2015, 1,200 plus individuals gave their time, talents and energies to support and provide stewardship for Forest Park. That’s 12,527 hours of service, valued at an astonishing $289,000! How can you help?
- The FPF Office: Office volunteers assist Forest Park Forever (FPF) staff with various office responsibilities: answering phones, distributing premium benefits to FPF donors and members, filing, computer work / data entry, mailings to FPF members and constituents, copying, special projects, processing tribute & memorial gifts, etc. This opportunity is available during business hours, between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.
- Beautification Brigade: Volunteers walk (or bike) the park and pick up trash and debris. Shifts are typically 9 a.m. to Noon, Monday – Friday, spring through fall.
- Horticulture & Nature Reserve – Volunteer duties include: weeding, pruning, clean up, trash removal, watering, mulching, invasive species control, planting etc… all under the direction of our Land Management Staff. Shifts are 9:00 a.m.-Noon primarily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, spring through fall.
- 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. We are looking for additional volunteer assistance for regular (roughly once-a-month) and episodic (up to 2 projects a year) native management projects. This volunteer effort will primarily take place on weekends and/or weekday evenings. If interested in this opportunity, please identify your interest as KWAG on the on-line volunteer application.
- 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.-Noon, spring through fall. Weekend opportunities are very limited.
- Flora Conservancy: A 501c3 organization that partners with the City of St. Louis Parks Dept. offers horticulture volunteer opportunities in Forest Park on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday mornings. 9:00-11:00 a.m. For more information visit this page.
Fundraising Events / Special Events
- Events: Forest Park Forever hosts several member appreciation events and fundraising activities that require volunteer assistance. These opportunities are generally 4 to 5 hours in duration, afternoons, evenings or weekends.
- Committees: Volunteers serve on committees to help plan fundraising activities: the Women’s Committee (organizes the annual Leffingwell Award “Hat” Luncheon), Wonderland Tea Party Committee and the Young Friends of Forest Park Forever.
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 provide information to visitors and park users. Familiarity with Forest Park and St. Louis attractions/region required. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Sunday and volunteers must be 18 years or older. For more information, please contact Karen Meirink, Manager of Visitor and Volunteer Services – Explore St. Louis, 314.992.0678, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or download a volunteer application from the Explore St. Louis website.
- Park Ambassadors: 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 required. Shifts: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & 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.
Please contact FPF Volunteer & Community Relations Manager Anne Grossmann by email or by calling 314.561.3286
Volunteer programs are generously sponsored by the Trio Foundation, E. Reuben & Gladys Flora Grant Charitable Trust and the Saint Louis Service Bureau Foundation.