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

Cheryl Emmons has been a volunteer for
almost three years and gives our stream tank much needed TLC on a weekly basis. She also works the reception desk, fold newsletters, and
helps with Prairie Days. Cheryl tells people who say they are bored to come volunteer – there’s always something to do! Thank you, Cheryl, for your dedication to the park!


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