Volunteers are an intergral part in helping Anchorage Parks and Recreation achieve its mission of Healthy Parks, Healthy People.
Every year, our dedicated volunteers beautify Anchorage's parks and trails through picking up trash, building trails, reporting crime, pulling weeds, removing graffiti, planting flowers, and so much more. More importantly, our volunteers build relationships with each other and within the communities they serve.
Curious about how you, your organization, or your community can be involved? Click on the links below to learn more about our individual programs, or contact Parks and Recreation at 343-4355.
Upcoming Volunteer Events
April 13, Scoop the Poop Day at University Lake and Connor's Bog, 11am-3pm
April 27 - May 4, Citywide Cleanup
May 11, Anchorage Waterways Council Creek Cleanup
May 18, Valley of the Moon Volunteer Event
June 1, Chester Creek Trail
June 3 - 12, Volunteen Session 1, Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30pm
Neighborhood Park Fix-Its
Recreation programs - If you have a talent you'd like to share, consider teaching at one of our Recreation Centers. Volunteer to teach a class, help with little swimmers, or share your passion and talent for sports with Anchorage youth. Some volunteer opportunities may require a background check.
How to Report a Problem
Use the guide below to report any issues you see in municipal park land:
Homeless Camp Reporting
Trail light outages: Contact Facility Maintenance at 343-8465
Report graffiti: Graffiti Busters at 343-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks and Recreation Maintenance: 343-4554, email@example.com
Suspicious behavior/non-emergency: 311
Eagle Scout Projects
Parks & Recreation has worked with numerous Boy and Eagle Scouts to complete volunteer projects on parkland.
We encourage scouts to visit parks and brainstorm project ideas based on what they observe as needing attention or maintenance. Past projects have included sanding and painting bollards, installing a Mutt Mitt station, repairing benches, and sanding and varnishing flower planters.
Please contact our department to discuss your project idea a year before you intend to complete it. Depending on the size and scope of the project, you may be required to go through the department’s public process to demonstrate community support for your planned improvements.
Boys Scouts of America provides a fillable pdf that scouts can use to organize and plan their project. You can download that pdf here.
If you are looking for additional sources of funding for your project, please check the Anchorage Park Foundation's website to see if Challenge Grants are being accepted.
Volunteer Agreement Form
Volunteer Hours Tracking Form
Trail Watch Hours Tracking Form
Adopt-A-Garden Leader Agreement
Adopt-A-Park Leader Agreement
Adopt-A-Trail Leader Agreement
Volunteer Improvement Proposal
Benefits of Volunteering