Friends of City Park offers a variety of experiences for our volunteers.  Our annual fundraisers and regular Park maintenance would not be a reality without the dedication of our generous volunteers, who assist with everything from event decorating to landscaping.

If you are interested in volunteering in one of our many opportunities, please contact friends@friendsofcitypark.com for more information or click on the opportunity you are interested in below.

City Park Clean-Up KrewesHappening each week, join your fellow community members to help the Grounds and Horticulture Department maintain the beauty of New Orleans City Park.

Adopt a Piece of the ParkThe Adopt-a-Piece of the Park volunteer program promotes long-term partnerships between large groups and New Orleans City Park to maintain and beautify our 1,300 acres. Park adopters can be groups of individuals (10+), neighborhood associations, community groups, school clubs, and local businesses.

Fundraising EventsInterested in lending a hand at Friends of City Park fundraising events?  We’d love your help! Volunteers are crucial to the success of our events because they help things run smoothly and ensure that every attendee has a great time.


New Orleans City Park has developed an extensive volunteer program for those interested in refurbishing the park’s green spaces.  If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity with City Park, please contact Tyler Havens, the Volunteer Director for City Park, at thavens@nocp.org. Click here to check out the volunteer page on City Park’s website.

Super SaturdaysTypically on the first Saturday of each month, City Park hosts a community volunteer day for citizens of all ages to attend.  The projects vary from month to month and have previously included:  trail mulching, painting, planting, shoreline cleanup, catch basin cleaning, special event help, and more.  For more details please contact Melissa Passman, Volunteer Supervisor, at mpassman@nocp.org.  You can also check our Super Saturday web page here for dates and general information. 

Botanical Garden – The Botanical Garden is looking for select volunteers experienced in gardening, horticulture, and landscaping at this time.  Please reach out to Mark Menuier (mmeunier@nocp.org) for more information.  

Volunteering with groups – To register your group at City Park, please contact Melissa Passman (Volunteer Manager) at mpassman@nocp.org.  There are many projects at the park that will vary depending on the financial contribution, number of people in your group, and the level of difficulty of work the group is willing to embrace.  Typical projects can include: mulching trails, planting trees, removing invasives, painting, gardening projects, and minor carpentry.

COVID-19 restrictions:  Please note that our volunteer groups are limited to 25 people maximum as of January 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Temperature checks, pre-registering, masking, and social distancing are required throughout the projects.  

Litter Abatement – A great option for those looking to complete service hours for school, court-ordered hours, or those just looking to make a difference by beautifying their Park!  For litter pickup, you can walk around the Park on your own time to collect trash.  For more details, supplies, and possible areas to focus on, please reach out to Melissa Passman (Volunteer Manager) at mpassman@nocp.org.  

Forestry – Come help us out in either Scout Island or Couturie Forest to clear trails, mulch, and remove invasive species.  If you have an interest in this, please email Melissa Passman (Volunteer Manager) at mpassman@nocp.org  He can find a time to show you around and get you started in preserving your Park’s forested areas.  This can be a group activity or an activity for solo volunteers. 

Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden – People who wish to volunteer in the Sculpture Garden can contact: Pam Buckman – Sculpture Garden Manager at pbuckman@noma.org or 504-658-4153.

Grow Dat Youth Farm – People who wish to volunteer at Grow Dat can contact: Leo Gorman – Grow Dat Field Manager at leo@growdatyouthfarm.org or 504-616-1777.

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