Darke County Parks relies upon volunteer involvement

in all aspects of our operations, from programs to maintenance.  Descriptions of volunteer opportunities are listed on this page.  After basic training, and the required paperwork, volunteers can set up a customized work schedule.  Completed volunteer applications should be mailed to the Nature Center.  For more info, contact our Volunteer Coordinator or fill out an application on the left.  

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Volunteer in the Spotlight

Meet Lorraine Gebhardt, this quarter’s Volunteer in the Spotlight!  Lorraine has been a park volunteer since 2015 and has dabbled in many areas such as school programs, event prep, cleaning, cooking and everything in between.  Residing in Lewisburg, Lorraine is retired and likes to read, walk, garden and listen to music in her spare time.  She loves volunteering because it keeps her moving while being able to help and be useful to the park.  Lorraine would like to see growth and continued encouragement of the community to enjoy the parks.  Thank you Lorraine for your hard work and dedication!


When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out
— Ralph Waldo Emerson