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2013 Volunteer Opportunities at the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department

2013 Citywide Spring Cleanup
Over the past 26 years, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department has established a tradition of hosting an annual Spring Parks Cleanup event to collect the trash that has accumulated over the winter. Now, with the help of the Department of Public Works, the event has transformed into a citywide effort to clean our parks, neighborhoods, and streets.  Without the help of volunteers, trash accumulates in many areas, polluting lakes, rivers, and detracting from the beauty of our community. This event is a fun and effective way to improve our natural environment while also contributing to the overall beautification of Saint Paul.

The 2013 Citywide Spring Cleanup, has been scheduled for Saturday, April 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

This year, there will be five concurrent kickoff celebrations throughout the City:

  • Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 N Lexington Pkwy)

  • Harriet Island Pavilion (200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd)

  • Highland Pavilion (1200 Montreal Ave)

  • Indian Mounds Shelter (10 Mounds Boulevard

  • Phalen Pavilion (1600 Phalen Drive)

Coffee and Donuts will be provided at each location along with a chance to win some awesome prizes. In order to make this event a success, we need your help! Volunteering 2 hours of your time will make a great effort in cleaning up your community.


Blooming Saint Paul Day
In an ongoing effort to promote volunteerism and the beautification of Saint Paul, the Parks and Recreation Department has decided to host a new event titled Blooming Saint Paul Day. The purpose of this event is to recruit new and current volunteers to assist in cleaning and preparing various garden locations for the summer months.

Tasks may include:

  • weeding

  • removing dead vegetation

  • mulching

  • installing new plant material

Blooming Saint Paul Day will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Community Volunteer Events
Interested in planting trees for Arbor Month?

Come on down to Crosby Regional Park on Saturday, May 4th!

  • For more information or to register, Click Here
  • (Registration for this event is hosted by REI) Community events are added on a consistent basis from spring to fall.
  • Check out for updates.


NEW! Project Based Volunteering
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers to assist in ongoing natural resource based projects throughout the city. Projects vary from prairie restoration to wildlife surveys.

  • For more information or to submit a volunteer inquiry, Click Here


Restoration Supervisors
Restoration Supervisors assist with supervising volunteers during large habitat restoration events.  They also lead small volunteer events in the absence of staff.  Restoration Supervisors increase Saint Paul Parks’ capacity to engage the public in actively restoring and protecting our natural resources. 

  • For more information or to submit a volunteer inquiry, Click Here


Greenhouse Assistants Volunteer
Greenhouse Assistants work closely wit gardening staff to help grow and care for plants at the Harriet Island greenhouse facility.  Plants and flowers used in Saint Paul’s parks and streetscapes are more sustainable when grown on site in the greenhouse.  This saves valuable resources as shipping and transport modes are reduced.  Greenhouse volunteers greatly increase our capacity to grow more of our own plants and become more sustainable.

  • For more information or to submit a volunteer inquiry, Click Here


Contact Information:

Andy Rodriguez, Volunteer Coordinator

Shannon O'Brien, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator