Morris County Park System


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Gardening/Horticulture Education

 Horticulture Education volunteers help in programs by assisting educators with supplies and helping participants with their activities such as gardening, crafts, science projects and floral arranging. Gardening volunteers help plant and maintain the education gardens with activities such as weeding, trimming, and fall clean up.

Gardenworks

Working alongside our professional horticulture staff, Gardenworks volunteers perform tasks such as planting, pruning, propagating, edging, weeding, and raking. Tools are provided. The Gardenworks program begins in Mid-April and continues into the end of November. Gardenworks volunteers work at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum on Tuesdays, and Willowwood Arboretum or Bamboo Brook OEC on Wednesdays from 9 am - noon. Please wear closed toed work shoes.

 

Trail volunteer

Options are available - 

Trail Watchers, Trail Ambassadors, Trail Keepers, and Trail Fun Series. Trail Watchers visit trails and report on specific trail conditions or issues on any trail at any time of year. Trail Ambassadors are frontline on the trails for information, education, and guidance to other trail users. Trail Keepers perform general maintenance on specific trails.

The Trail Fun Series provides for participants to engage with a specific trail project once per month on the third Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm. Participation is limited to 20 people.

Historic Sites

There are so many ways to volunteer with MCPC's Historic Sites!

Volunteers can assist with special events, historic gardens, behind-the-scenes collections, school tours, and more.

 

Fosterfields Living Farm offers drive-thru tours until October

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Fosterfields Living Historical Farm 

Historic Speedwell

Cooper Gristmill

 

At this 213.4-acre historic farm and mansion, volunteers can help guests experience 1920s farm life in Morristown. Help with living history education, tours, crafts, and gardening.

Also known as the "Birthplace of the Telegraph," this historic Ironworks tells the story of modern communication. Volunteers can help teach science, machinery, and crafts.

Built in 1826, the water-powered Cooper Gristmill is one of the last in NJ. Guests can see its 2,000-pound mill stones grind grain, learn local industrial history, and take home a fresh bag of flour.

 

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For any questions, please contact volunteer coordinator Avital at 973-631-5049 or AShtapura@morrisparks.net.

Photography

Looking to build your portfolio? The MCPC offers dozens of photogenic places to inspire you - including historic mansions, flower gardens, horse stables, and ice rinks!

Snap action shots during special events, fun pics for social media, or golden-hour photos of our scenic landscapes. No matter your specialty or skill level, we welcome your talent and will find an opportunity that matches your interests.

Custom times and dates available.

Social Media

Do you love using Canva, running IG accounts, or taking pictures? If so, we would love your help for our official MCPC social media accounts.

Volunteers will team up with their favorite park or historic site and create social media posts. This weekly opportunity is available year-round, with a customized schedule. Youth volunteers are welcome.

Special Events

The Morris County Park Commission offers seasonal events year-round! Our events combine games, exercise, community, fun activities, and education. We would appreciate volunteer help during our events. A few upcoming events include S’more Fun Trail Run at Central Park of Morris County, Fosterfields Fall Farm Fun, and Creatures of the Night at the Great Swamp.

Carpentry/Trades

Skilled in woodworking, blacksmithing, or another handy craft? Perform your skill at our historic sites' special events, or help create signs and props behind the scenes. Either way, we would appreciate your handiwork at your favorite MCPC site!

Please contact us for specific opportunities.

School Tours

Our parks and sites are common field trip destinations for schools all over New Jersey!

Lead young groups in 1920s farm chores at Fosterfields, geology hikes at Pyramid Mountain, or nature walks at the Great Swamp. Many more opportunities are available throughout Morris County.

Stay active outdoors while helping our staff educate the Morris County community!

Training and custom hours provided. Please contact us for specific dates and opportunities.

Workshops

Interested in becoming a teaching assistant? At MCPC sites, we offer all kinds of educational programs for children and adults! Help our staff lead workshops, demonstrate skills, and provide new skills for our guests to take home.

We can find opportunities to match your interests.
Youth volunteers welcome.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

There are so many ways to volunteer at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm!

Located at 73 Kahdena Road in Morristown, New Jersey, we operate a working farm as well as providing seasonal events, historic mansion tours, school programs, and an interactive transportation exhibit.

Image of main barn at Fosterfields on a sunny day.

Please note that our volunteers require a brief interview before they can get started.

For any questions, please contact volunteer coordinator Avital at 973-631-5049.

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Gardenworks

Gardenworks volunteers donate their time to assist MCPC staff at the horticultural sites. Volunteers will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience within specialized gardens and brush up on, or gain new insights on, performing tasks such as planting, propagating, pruning, plant identification, and more! Tools will be provided, however, volunteers may bring their own tools and gloves if they so, please.

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Garden Volunteer- Frelinghuysen Arboretum (RMG) 20 6/18/2024 10/29/2024
Garden Volunteer- Willowwood/Bamboo Brook (RMG) 40 6/19/2024 10/31/2024

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

Our “outdoor classroom” borders the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. School groups, scouts, clubs, and the general public are invited to visit the park and attend the Center’s many nature programs. The Center is open 7 days a week, 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Weekend Greeter – Help with greeting visitors, phone calls, and providing information about the Center and its activities to visitors so naturalists are free to run programs.
  • Special Events – Help with special events such as Earth Day, Maple Sugar Fest, etc. We will provide any training needed for the event.
  • Hiking – Assist on hikes.
  • Photography – We need help with taking photos at all of our programs.

For more information, contact:

Jen Godin
Administrative Coordinator
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
T: 973.326.7650
Questions: JGodin@morrisparks.net

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Historic Collections

Collections involve cataloguing, care, and preservation of historic objects!

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Historic Speedwell

Historic Speedwell, the birthplace of the telegraph, features interactive factory exhibits, historic house tours, and crafts and programs for all ages!

Historic Speedwell | Morris County Parks

We are located at 333 Speedwell Ave in Morristown.

Our volunteers require a brief interview before they can get started.

For any questions, please contact Avital at 973-631-5049.

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Trail volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Morris County Park Commission (MCPC) on the trail system. There are multiple options for participation in the MCPC Adopt A Trail Program. These options include the following;

 

  • Trail Watcher – trail user that reports on specific conditions or issues on any trail at any time of the year.
  • Trail Keepers – perform general maintenance on assigned trails within the MCPC trail system.
  • Trail Fun Series - participants will engage in a once a month trail project within the MCPC trail system. The Trail Fun Series will run on the third Saturday of each month April through November. The program will run from 9am to 1pm.

 

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About Us

The Mission of the Morris County Park Commission is to develop and preserve a dynamic and unique system of diverse natural, cultural and historic resources, and to provide innovative education and recreation opportunities of regional value, while exercising environmental and fiscal responsibility.