Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with New Hanover County Parks & Gardens and become a Parks Star! Parks & Gardens has a talented and hardworking group of volunteers who assist in many different areas.  Being a volunteer is a great opportunity to better yourself and your community, while meeting new people and learning new things.  Parks & Gardens volunteers enjoy the beauty of nature while playing a very important role in the protection and preservation of New Hanover County’s parks & gardens. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.  Visit AirlieGardens.org for information on volunteer opportunities at Airlie.

Current Schedule

Tree Planting:  Saturday, February 27th- 9-11am

The Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, is seeking volunteers to help plant trees on three of New Hanover County’s FEMA properties on February 27, 2021 at 9am.  The NC Urban Forest Council has graciously provided funds to plant a total of 48 trees between the three properties through their Legacy Tree Fund.  The planting will occur simultaneously at the three locations (two of the properties are located adjacent to each other) and volunteers will be split between the three:

  • 250 Cherokee Trail, Wilmington, NC  28409 (Central New Hanover County)
  • 133 Dunn Place Drive/129 Hearn Drive, Wilmington, NC  28411 (Northern New Hanover County)

*This program will comply with all COVID-19 restrictions, including social distancing and mandatory face coverings, and pre-registration is required.   Click here to register

Trash Mob:  Saturday, March 13th-  9-10:30am

Do you want to help keep New Hanover County beautiful? Then join us for our quarterly litter clean-ups on Harris Road. Clean-ups are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of January, March, June and September from 9-11am.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and can participate as an individual or group.  We will provide all the necessary supplies- bags, gloves, safety vests and pickers.  We will park and meet at Parkwood Park, 4827 Canetuck Rd, Wilmington 28411 at 8:45am.

Cape Fear Museum Park- Ongoing

The Cape Fear Museum Park is looking for volunteers to work one or two mornings a week.  Days and times are flexible, but the tentative schedule is Mondays and Fridays 8-10am.  Responsibilities include planting, watering and weeding.  Training and guidance will be provided.  The Cape Fear Museum is heading up this opportunity, so please contact Joeli Banks at jbanks@nhcgov.com or 910-798-4361 for more information or to volunteer.

Trash Mob Litter Clean-up:  3rd Wednesday of each month- 10-11:30am

Do you want to help keep New Hanover County beautiful? Then join the Trash Mob!  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and can participate as an individual or group.  We will provide all the necessary supplies- bags, gloves, safety vests and pickers.  All you have to do is show up and pick up trash.  Contact Jodi Rich by email or (910) 798-7629 for location details.  The location changes from month to month, depending on where the need for trash pick up is.


Fill out the following form or contact Jodi Rich / (910) 798-7629 to become a Parks Star Volunteer or to receive more information:

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896 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7620 • Fax 910-798-7621
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