Volunteer

Ambassador ProgramAdopt-a-park ProgramTours A LA Cart
Share your time, energy, and talents with Warner Parks. Abundant volunteer opportunities await a variety of abilities and interests:
  • Adopt a special area of the Parks: Maintain the area by keeping it free of trash and invasive plants.
  • Bird Education & Research: Includes all bird research like Project Feederwatch, hummingbird banding, bluebird box nest monitoring, etc.
  • Environmental Education: Help with field trips, special events, public programs, and cart tours at the Nature Center.
  • Gardening & Landscape: Help maintain the teaching gardens (wildflower, herb, and vegetable), learn about organic growing, and maintain paths, the greenhouse and the Nature Center grounds.
  • Invasive Plant Removal: Join staff on organized removal and restoration days. Do your part to protect our native species.
  • Nature Center Office: Assist staff naturalists with museum reception and provide office support as needed.
  • Parks Beautification: Includes maintenance of picnic areas, common grounds and historic sites, river and stream clean-up, litter pick-ups, tree planting and riparian restoration.
  • Special Events: Join us as we put the fun in fundraising at Friends of Warner Parks’ Full Moon Pickin Parties and other donor events.
  • SWEAT Volunteer: Work alongside participants in our summer work/learn/earn environmental education program. Trail maintenance, organic gardening, invasive plant removal and more! See detailed information below.
  • Trailwork: Lend a hand with stewardship of the trails. Volunteers are essential to the routine clearance of drainage features and help keep the trail clear of limbs and debris.
  • Volunteer Crew Leader: Do you love the Warner Parks, enjoy working outdoors and meeting new people who share these interests? If so, consider becoming a volunteer crew leader and help lead volunteer projects throughout the parks.
  • Warner Park Ambassadors: Share your passion for the Parks with other park users! Warner Park Ambassadors will offer assistance with directions, provide a friendly presence at the trailheads and along the trails, promote positive trail experiences, offer basic information about the Park’s resources, inform visitors about trail conditions or issues, educate visitors about park rules and regulations, and notify park staff about important safety-related incidents or concerns. See detailed information below.
  • ….and so much more!
Fill out the online form and contact volunteers@warnerparks.org with additional questions. More information can also be provided about:
  • Group volunteer projects
  • School service projects
  • Community service
  • Scout projects
  • Group volunteer projects
ONLINE FORM

Ambassador Program

What is a Warner Parks Ambassador?
Ambassadors are trained representatives that play a pivotal role in serving Warner Parks and its one million + visitors each year.

As an ambassador, you offer assistance with directions, provide a friendly presence at the trailheads and along the trails, promote positive trail experiences, offer basic information about the Park’s resources, inform visitors about trail conditions or issues, educate visitors about park rules and regulations, and notify park staff about important safety-related incidents or concerns.
Requirements:
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Able to make a one-year commitment, averaging 4 hours per month
  • Complete the Warner Parks Ambassador application
  • Attend a Warner Parks Ambassador Orientation (details below)
  • Willing to attend additional meetings as requires
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Responsibilities:
  • Greeting and assisting visitors, informing them of parks rules and regulations, answering questions about the park and surrounding area, hand out park maps/brochures
  • Organize and schedule with Warner Parks one (or more) park beautification work day/event per year
  • Report unusual or suspicious activity taking place in the park immediately 
  • Observe, record, and submit observations and interactions on a monthly basis 

Adopt-a-park Program

Program Details
The Adopt-A-Park program allows individuals, groups, and other organizations to show pride in their community by assisting the Parks staff with routine maintenance, clean up, and beautification of parks, open spaces, and trails, creating a beautiful, clean environment for all to enjoy. 

Warner Parks is very fortunate to have 3,187 acres of wooded hills, open meadows, streams, and 60+ miles of trails. Through the use of volunteers, designated areas will be spruced up by removing litter and debris, removing invasive plants, identifying hazards/repairs needed, reporting vandalism, and planting trees, along with other approved vegetation.
Requirements:
  • Complete the application
  • Each group must select a group leader who will also be responsible for communications with Parks staff and to assure that each participant complies with the Adopt-A-Park program requirements, safety procedures, and signs a liability release.
  • Once approved, you and/or your group will train with Park staff in the designated task and area.
  • We request a one-year commitment, with a minimum of four cleanups per year.
  •  All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
Apply TodayAdopt-a-park overview
Additional details:
  • All volunteer work must be completed during normal park hours, sunrise - 11 PM daily.
  • One day cleanups are also available, contact Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Griscom to schedule.

Guiding Tours A La Cart

Program Details
Warner Parks is accessible to all! We are looking for volunteers to help us guide/drive golf cart tours of the Allée for those with difficulty walking.

Tours will begin at the Percy Warner Golf Course and encompass the 1.6 mile loop around the newly restored Allée Steps and Belle Meade Entrance to Percy Warner Park.

Tours will last approximately 30-45 minutes and are available Friday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Requirements:
  • Drivers must be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license.
  • Sign up here to schedule a personal orientation.
  • Tours are free but registration is required; you will only be asked to volunteer on days that tours have been pre-scheduled.

    Volunteer Resources

    We value each and every contribution to Friends of Warner Parks, and want to keep track of all volunteer service hours. You'll also find additional voluntee resources below!
    Log Volunteer Service HoursAdopt-a-PArk Tool Reservation FormAdopt-A-PArk Reporting Form
    Volunteer NEWS
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    Two Summer Job Opportunities in Warner Parks

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    Spring in the Parks Scavenger Hunt

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    Citizen Science: Project FeederWatch

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    UPCOMING Volunteer EVENTS
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    Tent Outreach Events
    March 5, 2021
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    May 28, 2021
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    8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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    Earth Day Vol Call
    April 24, 2021
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    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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    May Vol Call
    May 8, 2021
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    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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