City Park is a New Orleans treasure. For more than 150 years, the park has served as a natural sanctuary for New Orleanians – a place to escape from city life without ever leaving home. With more than 1,300 acres, it is also one of the largest urban parks in the U.S.
But a great urban park doesn’t run itself. Our volunteers are essential to the day-to-day operation of City Park. When you volunteer your time as an individual or as part of a group, it is one of the most valuable contributions you can make to City Park, and you are building a better, stronger park for all of our visitors to enjoy.
Interested in volunteering? We have countless ways for you to get involved and help us get growing!
Volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Center at 1009 Harrison Avenue on the first Saturday of every month, with occasional exceptions. Check City Park’s Twitter or Facebook and calendar pages for upcoming Super Saturday dates.
Work assignments include maintaining areas around City Park. Volunteer note: please dress appropriately. We recommend wearing a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent (the Park is home to more than just oak trees!). Also, we ask you to bring your own water and snacks.
School Service Hours
High school and college students are welcome to participate in Super Saturdays or to arrange service hours with our volunteer manager to meet school service hour requirements.
Volunteer Groups at City Park
Volunteering with a group means more than just good juju – it’s a great team building and bonding exercise for students or co-workers. Since 2005, more than 45,000 volunteers have given their time to City Park, which adds up to more than 200,000 hours the equivalent of approximately 100 full-time employees working one full year!
Volunteer groups are responsible for planting, painting, mulching, flowerbed maintenance, trail maintenance, wetland grass planting, shoreline maintenance, and stringing holiday lights for Celebration in the Oaks. Corporate groups typically donate $40-$60 per volunteer as a project supply fee.
City Park has worked with groups of 10 to 900 people at a time. A typical work session lasts three hours, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tools and safety equipment are provided, but we request that groups bring their own food and water. You may also arrange for box lunches and beverages through City Park catering.
Adopt an Area of City Park
Adopting an area of City Park is the gift that keeps on giving and a great way to take pride in the park. And, we’ll take your hard work or your hard-earned cash! Individuals and groups can “adopt” by providing ongoing maintenance of an area, or simply donating the funds required to keep an area maintained. The amount of maintenance required varies based on the needs of the adopted area. A sign of recognition may be posted after a commitment has been established.
Gardening at Botanical Garden
Volunteers pitch in with planting, weeding, trimming, pruning, deadheading, collecting cuttings for propagation, collecting seeds, removing or installing holiday lights, and other work as needed. If you sign up to volunteer, please bring gardening gloves, hand clippers, and a trowel. Come Friday morning between 9am and noon and work with LSU AgAgent Chris Dunaway. Master Gardeners and volunteers will work at a variety of gardening tasks maintaining the different gardens in the Botanical Garden. Groups interested in volunteering at the garden can call or email to schedule a time. Contact Kathy McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 483-9464. for more infomation or to set a time.
The Pelican Greenhouse
Greenhouse volunteers are welcome on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Activities include propagation of plants through seeds and cuttings, as well as transplanting, watering and weeding. For more information call (504) 483-9437. At this time, the greenhouse is not accepting volunteers.