Volunteer Park Ranger Program
In his State of the City address, Mayor Mark Stodola announced plans to implement a Volunteer Park Ranger Program. The purpose of this program is to recruit individuals, aged eighteen (18) and up, to volunteer and serve as "Goodwill Ambassadors" in parks, as well as to provide information, instruction and assist with routine maintenance. These volunteers will serve as extended "eyes and ears" of the Department and will help staff be more efficient and customer oriented.
Hindman, Morehart, Wakefield, MacArthur, Riverfront, Murray, Reservoir and War Memorial Parks, were selected to launch this program. As this program grows, all of the developed parks are expected to have a Volunteer Park Ranger presence. It simply takes volunteers to make this happen!
If you are ready to become involved as a Volunteer Park Ranger, please fill-out the application forms listed on this page and send them to the address listed below.
Should you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Karen Sykes.
For More Information
Karen Sykes, Coordinator
Volunteer Park Ranger Program
Volunteer Park Rangers are an elite group of passionate community builders who believe Little Rock’s park system can be safer for all visitors. Rangers represent our Parks and Recreation Department as ambassadors, stewards and protectors by welcoming park visitors and answering their questions, beautifying our green spaces by picking up litter and reporting maintenance issues, and deterring and reporting negative activity. If you want to increase the quality of life in Little Rock via our park system, then be a Volunteer Park Ranger!
The first step towards certification is to fill out the application and background check found below. Once processed, you will be contacted by the Park Ranger to schedule the orientation and training sessions consisting of the flora and fauna in our parks, CPR certification, and Non-conflict Mediation Techniques. Once you graduate, you will receive three hats, three shirts, a pair of shorts, a pair of pants, a belt, a lanyard and a 3-in-1 jacket all at no cost to you!
Do you like to bike? Then take it a step further and roll as a Cycling Ranger! Once you complete the Bicycle Safety Class, you can take home an official Volunteer Park Ranger bicycle and jersey.
Our parks are calling your name!
Join the fun and be a Volunteer Park Ranger!
- Park Ranger Volunteer Brochure
- Park Ranger Volunteer Application Form
- Park Ranger Volunteer Background Questionnaire
Jr. Park Ranger Day Camp
Do you have a 9-12 year old who loves the great outdoors? Is he or she curious about how nature works? Do you want to foster the importance of building community in your child? Then you may have a Jr. Park Ranger on your hands!
With the Adventure Guide in hand, each group spends one week of the summer visiting 9 different parks or park facilities where we discuss the flora and fauna in our parks, the history of our parks, environmental issues and how to be a social justice hero.
If the child graduates, at the end of the week he or she will receive a backpack full of outdoor gear, a certificate and a Jr. Ranger t-shirt and badge. It doesn’t stop there! The Jr. Ranger will have the opportunity to attend events throughout the year and mentor the new applicants.
Click on the link to learn about the Children’s Bill of Rights and the objectives of the camp.
A child must be a member of the Stephens, Dunbar or Southwest Community Center in order to participate in 2017.
For more info about either program, contact:
Karen Sykes, MPA
500 W. Markham, Rm. 108
Little Rock, AR 72201