We need you to achieve our goal of cultivating vibrant parks, green spaces, and trees in our community. Take a moment to learn how you can contribute your time and energy towards a more vibrant parks system and healthier community.

Fill out our FGRP liability release and check out our upcoming Friends of Grand Rapids Parks volunteer events here!

take an active part in our urban forest!

Whether you have an hour, a day, or even more time to give, we have an opportunity for you, and the list keeps growing. Map a tree. Lead or take part in a volunteer planting event. Become a strategic partner. Develop an idea for NeighborWoods™ Month and apply for a mini-grant. Each of us comes with unique gifts, talents, and creativity that can play an important part in helping our urban forest grow.

help reclaim and sustain your neighborhood park!

Parks Alive is a joint venture between Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City of Grand Rapids to reclaim and sustain parks through volunteerism and sponsorship. Community leadership, in the form of Parks Alive Leaders, is critical to creating a great park system. Our hope is that all of our neighborhood parks can be represented by a Parks Alive Leadership group who will help us coordinate volunteer projects, participate in unique fundraising and sponsorship events, and cast a vision for the future of each park.

make a big difference with your group—big or small!

Interested in participating in one of our volunteer events?  Family, friends, co-workers, small groups … you’re all invited to get involved!  Contact us directly at info@friendsofgrparks.org to join one of our scheduled volunteer days.  You can find our scheduled volunteer events here.  Special group requests can be submitted here.

drop in to help out when it works for you!

We have a number of opportunities for you to help Friends of Grand Rapids Parks when it works in your schedule.

Capture images of parks or events happening in them to be published online or in promotional materials.

Help build the Urban Forest Tree Map as you wander through a park or down your street. The more trees we have on the map, the more valuable the information is to our community.

Download our tree mapping app for iPhone or Android.

Volunteering with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

What to Bring

Be prepared to get dirty!  This means wearing clothes you don’t love.  Volunteers frequently work with oil-based paints, woodchips, and dirt so put your gym clothes to use! All volunteers should wear clothes toe shoes.

Volunteers should bring a snack and water.  Friends of Grand Rapids Parks does it best to provide a water source for volunteers but this is not always possible.

Volunteers should bring bug spray and sunscreen if they are prone to mosquito bites or sunburn.


Weather will be monitored closely for all projects but can be unpredictable at times.  Please use your best judgment if you do not feel safe traveling.  Some projects may be canceled due to weather restrictions.  Tree planting will convene rain or shine unless there are thunder and lightning.  Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will notify volunteers if an event must be canceled due to inclement weather.


Volunteers should sign our Authorization Form prior to arriving.  This allows volunteers to participate in the event, so make sure to bring your signed form with you.  Of course, we will have blank forms available at the event, just in case!  All volunteers under the age of 18 must have their Authorization Form signed by a parent and/or guardian.  Volunteers must sign in at the event.

Tobacco and Drug-Free

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in collaboration with Kent County Health Connect are promoting Tobacco-Free Living.  Smoking is strictly prohibited at all Friends of Grand Rapids Parks volunteer projects.  All Friends of Grand Rapids Parks volunteer sites are Drug-Free Zones.  While participating in Friends of Grand Rapids Parks related activities a volunteer may not use, possess, distribute, sell or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.


All are welcome to volunteer!  Friends of Grand Rapids Parks provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, or disability.   Volunteers are expected to follow all instructions given by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks staff or team leader at volunteer project.

Have fun!  Helping green our city is a truly wonderful way to spend a day.