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Dakota County Parks


Dakota County Parks offers a variety of opportunities for groups and individuals wishing to share their talents and time volunteering in their county park system.

If you enjoy working with people or have a passion for nature, Dakota County Parks is the place for you.  Volunteer in a park that you frequently visit or choose one of the other beautiful County parks near you. Sign up for volunteer opportunities within the parks.

Short-term opportunities (once or twice a year)
Help out with one or more of the special events Dakota County hosts each year. Events include the New Year’s Eve Party, Candlelight Ski, Trails By Candlelight, Earth Day and National Get Outdoors Day.

Medium-term opportunities (3–6 months)
Ski Trail Patrol: Enjoy the outdoors while helping park visitors with questions and first aid care.  Be part of the Volunteer Ski Patrol Team at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Spring Lake Park Reserve and Whitetail Woods Regional Park.

Mountain Bike Trail Patrol: Assist, educate and inform. Dakota County Parks is partnering with IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) to offer volunteer mountain bike trail patrol.  Enjoy the outdoors while helping park visitors with questions, bike repair and first aid care.  Be part of the Volunteer Mountain Bike Patrol Team at Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Special Event Planning Committee: Help event planners organize the parks’ special events.

Service project opportunities
Throughout the year, Dakota County Parks hosts several service project-related events including buckthorn pulls and trash clean-ups. Groups and individuals are encouraged to sign up for one of these annual opportunities and get your hands dirty.

Please note: Eagle Scout projects are not available at this time.

To get more information about volunteering, email

Last updated: 6/9/2016 6:17 AM