Become a Volunteer
Are you concerned about the environment? Do you enjoy working with people? Do you have interests, skills or talents that you would like to share with others? If so, then become a volunteer at Richard Bong State Recreation Area! The volunteers are a special group of people assisting, participating in, developing and promoting park activities.
If you would like to volunteer without committing long-term, the park offers workdays. These days are flexible and usually involve outdoor work cutting and hauling brush or pulling invasive species but other projects are offered as well. We recommend being at least eight years of age to volunteer for these days. We provide all equipment but ask that you come dressed in outdoor work clothes with closed-toe shoes and it is helpful to bring leather gloves.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
- Opportunities to participate in activities, programs, and projects that improve the environment.
- A sense of accomplishment in being involved
- Reference for future job applications
- Social functions
- Ongoing training and education
- Income tax deductions
The volunteer program began in April of 1982, when volunteers and the staff naturalist conducted the first school programs. The program has grown steadily, with more than 30 people lending their knowledge, experience and talent to a variety of important park efforts.
In addition to school programs, volunteers conduct public hikes about birds, wildflowers, insects and poisonous and edible plants. They also help with design, construction, and maintenance of exhibits; assist with with plant and wildlife surveys; construct, place and monitor birdhouses; take photographs and write articles for publications. We can tailor a volunteer program for you in interpretation, maintenance, clerical and any other interest. Training for volunteers is provided by the permanent staff and other specialists on a continuing basis.
For more information, contact us today! To become a volunteer, click here to sign up.