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 Jerry Lamb, this quarter’s Volunteer in the Spotlight! As an active member of the Friends of the Darke County Parks, Jerry has been volunteering several years with many different activities. Jerry is a vital volunteer, assisting mostly with the animal care department. During Prairie Days, you may have witnessed Jerry & Pip visiting with the many guests at our festival. In his spare time, Jerry likes to garden and spend time in the woods. In addition to animal care, he also assists with school field trips and public programming. In the future, Jerry would like to see the volunteer ranks grow, allowing more volunteers to assist a staff of dedicated people. He would encourage people to visit the parks often and reminds them that they could be a part of this experience as a park volunteer. Thank you, Jerry, for all your hard work and dedication to the District!

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