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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.
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.

Become a campground host with the state park system.

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

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

Wisconsin State Park System Volunteer opportunities

If you like to spend time in the great outdoors and you care about our environment and protecting our natural resources - then Wisconsin State Parks needs you!

How to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering in Wisconsin State Parks, contact the property supervisor where you would like to volunteer to discuss available opportunities. Anyone who would like be a volunteer must fill out a Volunteer Agreement. Property superintendents will review the agreement and interview and select all volunteers.

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.

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.

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.

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 Acknowledgement [PDF]

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.

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.

Last revised: Thursday December 03 2015