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Find
a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
Camping opportunities
in state parks and forests.
How to buy
a vehicle admission sticker or state trail pass.
Get Outdoors!
to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.

Become a campground host with the state park system.

Campground hosts greet and assist campers with information about the park and facilities.

Girl with a large bag of garlic mustard plants

A young volunteer shows off a bag of garlic mustard she pulled at Peninsula State Park.

Campg host and children.

A camp host teaches children about horse care.

Adopt-A-Trail sponsors are recognized with two signs along their trail.
Contact information
For information, contact:
Wisconsin State Parks
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
608-261-8453

Wisconsin State Park System Volunteer opportunities

If you like to spend time in the outdoors, interact with and help other outdoor enthusiasts, and you care about protecting our natural resources, then Wisconsin State Parks needs you!

Position descriptions

View the volunteer position descriptions and the current openings to find the best fit for you prior to contacting the park, trail or forest manager.

Campground host

Be a campground host

  • Stay in a campsite at the campground and volunteer a few hours a day.
  • Greet and assist campers with information about the park and facilities.
  • Assist in daily campground operations and set an example by being a model camper.
  • Clean campsites, bathrooms and facilities and assist with light maintenance.
  • Dispense park information and assist with campground programs.
  • Enjoy the company of other campers and make sure that they enjoy their stay.

Naturalist

Be a naturalists or nature center host

  • Present park interpretive and educational programs such as campfire talks, nature walks, multi-media shows, living history programs and evening programs.
  • Lead school group programs on-site.
  • Conduct public workshops or classes.
  • Conduct nature events in campgrounds, on park trails and at park facilities.
  • Support park staff in educational programming.
  • Greet visitors arriving at the Nature Center.
  • Answer questions about the environment, exhibits and the property.

Visitor services

Be a visitor center volunteer

  • Greet visitors and provide brochures, maps, program schedules and answer questions.
  • Assist park visitors with vehicle admission stickers, campsite registration and state trail passes.
  • Staff a visitor center information desk or gift shop.
  • Help coordinate special events.
  • Help design and prepare exhibits, displays and bulletin boards.
  • Help market and advertise park programs.
  • Provide newsletters, brochures, fact sheets and information about the local area.

Special projects

Be a volunteer for special projects

  • Repair and construct fences and bridges.
  • Clean up park grounds, campgrounds and facilities.
  • Complete special or seasonal maintenance tasks as needed.
  • Do carpentry, remodeling or other construction projects.
  • Make park information signs.
  • Assist with minor vehicle/boat/equipment repairs and maintenance.
  • Build and maintain new and existing trails.
  • Build informational kiosks.
  • Plant trees, remove invasive species and do prairie restoration.
  • Assist staff in building picnic shelters, accessible cabins and other property facilities.

Form 2500-120, WSPS Power Equipment Safety Acknowledgment [PDF]

Adopt-A-Trail

Adopt-A-Trail in the State Park System

  • Provide trails support and clean up.
  • Perform as crew members on trail construction, renovation and maintenance.
  • Assist with the control of invasive species and the planting of native species.
  • Report any trail obstructions or hazards.

If you are interested in adopting a trail, complete the Adopt-A-Trail Application and Permit [PDF] or contact the park, forest or trail manager.

Trail tender

Be a trail tender

  • Serve as trail host.
  • Patrol trails for the safety and enjoyment of all users.
  • Assist and provide support to other trail users.
  • Sell state trail passes.
  • Educate users on etiquette and regulations.

Additional information about the Trail Tender program is available in the Trail Tender Handbook [PDF]. If you are interested in becoming a Trail Tender, contact the Friends Group or DNR property manager associated with your preferred trail.

Current campground host and volunteer openings

Click below for campground host and other volunteer openings in the Wisconsin State Park System.

Blue Mound State Park - Campground Hosts

Blue Mound State Park
4350 Mounds Park Road
Blue Mounds, WI  53517
Email or call 608-435-5711

Campground description

Blue Mound State Park is the highest point in southern Wisconsin offering spectacular views and unique geological features. Blue Mound State Park offers 78 individual wooded campsites, 12 hike-in/bike-in sites and a Rustic Accessible Cabin for individuals with disabilities. The campground host sites can accommodate large RV campers and have 30-amp electrical hook-ups.

Campground host available dates:
Campground hosts are needed on a monthly basis May to October. Contact the park for available dates.

Buckhorn State Park - Campground Hosts, Volunteer Naturalists

Buckhorn State Park
W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave.
Necedah WI 54646
Email or call 608-565-2789

Park description

Buckhorn State Park is a paradise for water enthusiasts, hunters, hikers, campers and nature lovers. The park and two adjacent state wildlife areas cover more than 8,000-acres on a peninsula in the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River and along the connecting Yellow River. Buckhorn State Park has family campsites, an outdoor group camp, 50 cart-in campsites and an accessible cabin for people with disabilities.

Campground Host available dates:
May through September in the New Campground
June, July or August in the Beach Campground

Volunteer Naturalist available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area - All volunteer opportunities

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area
13394 County Highway M
New Auburn WI 54757
Email or call 715-967-2800

Property description

Situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Chippewa Moraine offers unspoiled beauty with kettle lakes and many glacial features. The Chippewa Moraine is one of nine units of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Hiking, snowshoeing, outpost camping, fishing and bird watching are popular activities. The David R. Obey Ice Age Interpretive Center houses first-class glacial, cultural and natural history displays.

Available dates:
Contact the property for available opportunities throughout the year.

Council Grounds State Park - All volunteer opportunities

Council Grounds State Park
N1895 Council Grounds Dr
Merrill WI 54452
Email or call 715-536-8773

Park description

Native American encampments once occupied the site of Council Grounds State Park. Located along the Wisconsin River and Lake Alexander, this 508-acre park is a favorite for water enthusiasts and also offers camping, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.

Available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Devil's Lake State Park - All volunteer opportunities

Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913
Email or call 608-356-8301 ext. 140

Park description

With over 2.5 million visitors each year, the Devil's Lake State Park is in need of volunteers to help in a variety of ways. Help with special events, teach kids to fish, help support group hikes, be a nature center helper, help with kayak tours, parking assistants, help with trail maintenance, remove invasive species, help with summer bat watches and more. Whatever you can do, there's something for you.

Available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Elroy Sparta State Trail - All volunteer opportunities

Elroy Sparta State Trail
PO Box 99
Ontario WI 54651
Email or call 608-337-4775

Property description

The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is one of the most popular trails in the country. With three rock tunnels and five small towns along its 32.5-mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Volunteers are needed to help pull garlic mustard between tunnel 3 and County Highway T, among other projects.

Available dates:
Contact the property for available opportunities throughout the year.

Governor Dodge State Park - Campground Host, Adopt-A-Trail

Governor Dodge State Park
4175 State Highway 23 N
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Email or call 608-935-2315

Park description

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.

Campground host available dates:
The Cox Hollow campground has an opening in September.

Adopt-A-Trail volunteers needed:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

High Cliff State Park - All volunteer opportunities

High Cliff State Park
N7630 State Park Rd
Sherwood WI 54169
Email or call 920-989-1106

Park description

High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The magnificent 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock, overlooks the lake and is a popular destination in the park.

Available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Kohler-Andrae State Park - Nature Center Hosts, All Volunteers

Kohler-Andrae State Park
1020 Beach Park Lane
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Email or call 920-451-4080

Nature Center

The Kohler-Andrae Nature Center is in the northern area of the park amidst the dunes overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. The nature center is about one mile north of the campground and about 0.25 miles south of the park entrance. Nature Center hosts work 12:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with Monday and Tuesdays off. The Nature Center Host position includes an electrical campsite, with water hook up (no sewer). 

Nature Center host available dates:
September and October

All volunteering opportunities:
Contact the park for other volunteering opportunities throughout the year.

Mill Bluff State Park - Campground Host

Mill Bluff State Park
15819 Funnel Rd
Camp Douglas, WI 54618
Email or call 608-337-4775

Park description

Travelers passing through the Camp Douglas area are intrigued by the unusual, tall bluffs rising abruptly from the flat plain. Mill Bluff's sandstone buttes were islands in Glacial Lake Wisconsin during the Ice Age, 12,000 years ago. Mill Bluff State Park offers hiking with spectacular view of picturesque rock formations, swimming, playground and picnicking opportunities. The campground offers 21 campsites.

Available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Nelson Dewey State Park - Campground host

Nelson Dewey State Park
P.O. Box 658
Cassville, WI 53806
Email or call 608-725-5374

Park description

Nelson Dewey State Park overlooks the Mississippi River from a 500-foot bluff. At this park you can combine your interest in history with your enjoyment of the outdoors. Camp, hike or picnic high above the Mighty Mississippi. Named for Wisconsin’s first governor, Nelson Dewey, the park offers a rich history, featuring the Dewey home and the nearby Stonefield Historic site. There are 48 camping sites for visitors to enjoy.

Available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Pattison State Park - All volunteer opportunities

Pattison State Park
6294 S State Rd 35
Superior WI 54880
Email or call 715-399-3111

Park description

Pattison State Park features the highest waterfalls in Wisconsin and the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Big Manitou Falls is 165 feet high and Twin Little Manitou Falls is 31 feet high. This 1,436-acre park also has a lake with a beach, a nature center, camping, nine miles of hiking trails and abundant wildlife.

Available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Peninsula State Park - Nature Center Hosts

Peninsula State Park
9462 Shore Rd.
Fish Creek, WI 54212
Email or call 920-868-3258

Nature Center

Peninsula's White Cedar Nature Center is a fun, family-friendly place. Nature Center Hosts staff the building four days a week, five to seven hours a day. Welcoming people of all ages is a primary duty. Knowledge of nature is not required, but being a “people person” is! Light maintenance duties include vacuuming, raking and dusting. Nature Center Hosts stay on Tennison electric campsite 337.

Available dates:
September 19 to October 17, 2016

Pike Lake - All volunteer opportunities

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit
3544 Kettle Moraine Road
Hartford, WI 53027
Email or call 262-670-3400

Property description

The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides the opportunity for a great hike and view. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking and much more within the forest.

Available dates:
Contact the property for available opportunities throughout the year.

Rib Mountain State Park - All volunteer opportunities

Rib Mountain State Park
4200 Park Road
Wausau WI 54401
Email or call 715-842-2522

Park description

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Rib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.

Available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Campground Hosts

Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Rd.
Kansasville, WI 53139
Email or call 262-878-5600

Property description

Richard Bong State Recreation Area has two family campgrounds, six group campsites and a cabin designed specifically for people with disabilities. The property is a mix of grassland, remnant prairie, oak savanna, woodlands and wetlands, and is a year-round haven for birdwatchers. The property is also a destination for pheasant and migratory bird hunters, dog trainers, and model rocket and airplane operators. There are self-guided interpretive nature trails, specific areas designed for mountain biking, ATV, dirtbikes and horseback riding. Vern Wolf Lake is a non-motorized lake with an accessible fishing pier. The beach has playground equipment, volleyball nets, a ball field and horseshoe pits. The campground host sites can accommodate large RV campers and have 30-amp electrical hook-ups. Showers and a dump station are available.

Campground host available dates:
Campground hosts are needed on a monthly basis May to October.

Roche-A-Cri State Park - Campground Host, Volunteer Naturalists

Roche-A-Cri State Park
1767 State Highway 13
Friendship WI 53934
Email or call 608-339-6881 (summer); 608-565-2789 (off-season)

Park description

Roche-A-Cri State Park, established in 1948, protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The name "Roche-A-Cri" comes from French words meaning "crevice in the rock." 

Campground Host available dates:
Openings mid-May to September. 

Volunteer Naturalist available dates:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Wildcat Mountain State Park - Campround Host, Horse Camp Host

Wildcat Mountain State Park
E13660 Hwy 33
Ontario, WI 54651
Email or call 608-337-4775

Park description

On a steep ridge overlooking the scenic Kickapoo River Valley, Wildcat Mountain State Park offers hiking trails with spectacular views and camping for families, groups and horseback riders. Campsites include traditional sites for tents, vans, or trailers as well as cart-in sites.  Canoe the Kickapoo River in your own canoe or rent one in Ontario.

Campground host available dates:
May 26 to mid-September for the family campground. 
June 24 to October 3 for the horse campground.

Willow River State Park - Nature Center, Campground Hosts, All volunteer opportunities

Willow River State Park
1034 County Rd. A
Hudson, WI 54016
Email or call 715-386-5931

Park description

Willow River State Park is located just east of the Twin Cities in western Wisconsin. Willow River is one of the busier state parks with more than 800,000 annual visitors. The park offers a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting and sightseeing. The main attraction of the park is a magnificent waterfall on the Willow River. The park has 150 family campsites and four group campsites. The park nature center provides educational opportunities for visitors and school groups year-round through planned programs, presentations, classes, special events and hikes.

Nature Center volunteers:
We are looking for volunteers to help staff the nature center (especially on weekends) and to assist with classes and programs. Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Campground Host available dates:
We are looking for campground hosts for August 1-19, 2016 and for all dates for the 2017 camping season. 

Other volunteering opportunities:
Contact the park for available opportunities throughout the year.

Yellowstone Lake State Park - Campground Hosts

Yellowstone Lake State Park
8495 Lake Road
Blanchardville WI 53516
Email or call 608-523-4427

Park description

Yellowstone Lake State Park is 1,000-acre park nestled in the rolling farmland and woodlands of Southwest Wisconsin. Yellowstone Lake is the primary recreational lake in the area. The 455-acre lake is well known for its pan fishing with reports each year of excellent catches of catfish, walleye, bass and musky. Recreational boaters, skiers and canoes also enjoy the lake. The park has 128 family campsites and 5 group sites. Camp host assist camper with general information and typically spend 15-20 hours a week removing ash from fire rings and picking up litter.

Campground host available dates:
Openings are available for the month of September 2016. Contact the park for available opportunities. Campground host opportunies are also available May to October in 2017.

Last revised: Wednesday August 10 2016