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Volunteering in the Parks

VOLUNTEERS Connecting Parks and Community


Volunteer opportunities are as varied and diverse as the parks. With over 24,000 acres of parkland, the Park Authority has ball fields, lakes, RECenters, golf courses, nature centers, historic sites, a working farm and a horticulture center.

ExpandWork outdoors, improve your parks

ExpandSharing Health and Fitness

Volunteer at RECenters, golf courses and lake front parks
You can be an exercise buddy, manage golf play, greet park visitors, beautify park grounds, assist with office operations, help adults and children with disabilities master aquatic safety and swimming skills.
Park Services Division - 703-324-8680

ExpandDiscover your heritage, teach others

Volunteer at Nature Centers, Historic sites
Assist with archaeological digs guide tours of historic sites, welcome visitors, cultivate park gardens, save a tree, lead nature programs, preserve history
Resource Management Division - 703-324-8750

ExpandGroup Opportunities:
Employers, Scouts, Community Groups

VOLUNTEERS Employer Match Programs -
Making an Even Bigger Difference

Your employer may be among the 15,000 companies that match employee volunteer hours and charitable contributions with cash donations. Among local employers, Microsoft is currently providing ongoing matching contributions totaling more than $4,000.00 annually. Programs like these can double the value of your volunteer hours and cash donations.

If you name the Fairfax County Park Foundation, the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that supports the Park Authority, to receive the donation, we will direct the funds to the volunteer program. Check your company website or call your human resources department to see if your employer supports your community involvement.


Free RECenter facility use: *Park Services and *Resource Management volunteers who maintain an average of four hours of service per week or three weekly classes per class session as an Adapted Aquatics assistant, can use ANY RECenter's general facilities free of charge.

Free RECenter classes: *Park Service and *Resource Management volunteers who have served a minimum of 32 hours and maintain an average of eight hours of service per week, or volunteer as an Adapted Aquatics assistant for four weekly classes, per class session are eligible to take one free FCPA Parktakes class per session on a space available basis.

Family Discount Pass: All FCPA volunteers are entitled to purchase a 25-visit pass for their family use to any RECenter at a special county employee rate.

Ten Percent Merchandise Discount: *Park Service, *Resource Management and *Golf volunteers who serve four or more hours each month are entitled to a 10% merchandise discount, some exclusions apply.

Fairfax County Credit Union Membership: Any active FCPA volunteer is entitled to free credit union membership.

These benefits are only available at the golf course where a volunteer serves.

A regularly scheduled or core volunteer: One who works a minimum of six hours every week will receive:
  • Free greens fee during weekday, non-holiday operating hours
  • A medium size bucket of range balls (if the site has a driving range)
  • The opportunity to purchase a 25-visit RECenter pass at the Fairfax County employee discounted rate (Purchase directly at any RECenter).
A substitute volunteer: One who works only "as needed," will receive:
  • A voucher for a limited number of greens fee and driving range buckets (if applicable). The quantity of these will be determined by each golf course manager.
  • The opportunity to purchase a 25-visit RECenter pass at the Fairfax County employee discounted rate. (Purchase directly at any RECenter).
*Park Services includes; RECenters, Lakefronts, Turner Farm, and Clemyjontri parks. RMD includes; Nature, History, Farm and garden sites. Golf includes; all FCPA Golf sites.

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