Dakota County Environmental Resources
Green Squad - Event Waste Management Assistance
Green Squad volunteers help our county events recycle more and create less waste. Green Squad volunteers are composed of Dakota County Recycling Ambassadors who are trained to be good stewards of our resources and to help others make smart decisions when it comes to recycling and waste management. Volunteers must first complete Dakota County's Recycling Ambassador program to participate in Green Squad events.
Dakota County Historical Society
LeDuc Historic Estate - Hastings, MN
LeDuc Historic Estate was built between 1862 and 1866 by William Gates LeDuc and his wife Mary LeDuc near the Vermillion River in Hastings, Minnesota. The LeDucs were prominent early settlers of Minnesota and played significant roles in the state's growth from a territory to a state. Take a step back in time and hear stories about the LeDuc family and the history of the 1800s.
1629 Vermillion Street
Hastings, MN 55033
The Estate is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from May 15 through October 25 and on special occasion the rest of the year.
Dakota County Parks
Lebanon Hills Regional Park - New Year's Eve Party in the Wild - Dec. 31, 2023
Ring in the new year and celebrate all things winter with ice skating on a frozen lake, hiking/snowshoeing through the woods lit by over 1,200 luminaries, warm up by a roaring bonfire while toasting marshmallows and end the night with our own one-of-a-kind ball drop!
Volunteers of all ages are welcomed to help support multiple opportunities before, during, and after the event to help make this year-end celebration a success. To ensure a high-quality experience, pre-registration is required to volunteer. Space is limited and spots fill quickly. Check out the roster below to see what opportunities are available.
- New Year's Eve Party - Event Admissions Assistant - Outside
- New Year's Eve Party - Event Admissions Assistant (Bilingual Spanish Speaker) - Inside
- New Year's Eve Party - Event Admissions Assistant (Bilingual Spanish Speaker) - Outside
- New Year's Eve Party - Event Greeter - Outside
- New Year's Eve Party - Event Greeter (Bilingual Spanish Speaker) - Outside
- New Year's Eve Party - Event Support Assistant
- New Year's Eve Party - Event Support Assistant (Bilingual Spanish Speaker)
- New Year's Eve Party - Lebbie the Yeti Handler
- New Year's Eve Party - Luminary Removal Volunteer
- New Year's Eve Party - Shuttle Bus Greeter & Bonfire Tender
- New Year's Eve Party - Sledding Hill Monitor
- New Year's Eve Party - S'mores Assistant
- New Year's Eve Party - Trail Patrol (Walk/Snowshoe)
Volunteer Trail Patrol Teams
Enjoy the outdoors while assisting park visitors with questions, directions, and providing an extra support measure in case of emergencies. Our patrol units offer a vital service to our county parks by providing trained individual assistance to our park users, helping to keep everyone happy and safe on our park and regional trails. Volunteer while personally enjoying the trails yourself, so easy and fun!