Volunteer with us!


Jonathan Foice - photo by Al Susinskas

Lake Metroparks Volunteer Office

Lakefront Lodge
30525 Lake Shore Blvd.
Willowick, Ohio 44095

  x 6418 Merle Walker
  x 6322 Beverly Caduff
  x 6520 Gloria Payne


Volunteering for something you believe in
can be one of the most gratifying and enjoyable things you can do. And there’s a bonus: Volunteering is fun!

Volunteering is such a wonderful way of giving back to your community. In the process, you may find that you are also helping yourself. As we go about our daily volunteering, we often fail to take the time to enjoy the things around us.

What have you given yourself lately? When was the last time you took a walk in the park, visited the lake just to watch the tide, discovered the beauty of some of a new park, took a hike, rode your bike, watched the sun rise or set, eyed the birds up in the sky. Take time to marvel at all of the wonderful beauty to be seen right here right now at Lake Metroparks!
--Merle Walker, Volunteer Program Manager



The Lake Metroparks Volunteer Department supports the Lake Metroparks Mission Statement by providing a substantial resource of diverse volunteers to enrich and expand Lake Metroparks services and programs as well as generate goodwill through citizen participation in the Lake Metroparks system.


Volunteer highlights


Jonathan Foise is an avid park supporter and has been a committed volunteer for Lake Metroparks since the late 1980s. A perennial and dependable "man of many hats" for Penitentiary Glen Reservation, he was one of our first agency volunteers. Jonathan was instrumental as the park district formed an agency-wide approach to volunteerism...


Eugene Stewart has been a golf marshal at Pine Ridge Country Club for more than 22 years. His long history with the golf course began when he worked as a caddy when Pine Ridge was a private country club. When Pine Ridge opened its doors to the public and became a Lake Metroparks facility, Eugene was the first volunteer assistant...


Click here to download the Spring 2016 volunteer highlights article.

Volunteer Opportunities

Lake Metroparks recognizes volunteers are a valuable resource that enrich and expand park district services and programs. Volunteerism generates goodwill through citizen participation and is recognized as an educational and recreational program due to intrinsic benefits gained from volunteering. Lake Metroparks encourages and provides opportunities for the participation of volunteers.

Many volunteers have skills, talents and expertise to offer. Some desire to learn more about a topic that interests them. Choose from hundreds of volunteer opportunities to use your skills and interests to help others, gain valuable experience, make new friends and feel good about contributing to your community. Whether it's a few hours per week or one day a month, volunteering makes a difference in your life and the lives of your neighbors.

Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities in 2016.


New Volunteer Orientation

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Lake Metroparks!

All new volunteers are required to go through an orientation to enable the volunteer department staff to review park policies and procedures and to learn more about their interests. Meetings are held at 6 pm on the first Thursday of the month at Lakefront Lodge in Willowick.

Meeting dates for 2016:

  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 7
  • August 5
  • September 29
  • November 3

Contact us

Lake Metroparks Volunteer Office
Lakefront Lodge
30525 Lake Shore Blvd.
Willowick, Ohio 44095

  • Merle Walker, Volunteer Program Manager: 440-585-3041 x6418
  • Beverly Caduff, Volunteer Program Specialist: 440-585-3041 x6322
  • Gloria Payne, Volunteer Program Assistant: 440-585-3041 x6520
  • Fax: 440-585-3224
  • volunteer@lakemetroparks.com

Directions: From Rt. 2, exit at E. 305 St. (Willowick). Go north on E. 305th St. to Lake Shore Blvd. Turn right (east) onto Lake Shore, then left (north) into the park.

Lake Metroparks Volunteer Newsletter

Click here to download volunteer newsletter



Lake Metroparks Farmpark College Internship Program


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s mission is to help our urban society understand how farmers raise food, fiber, and other products that sustain and enhance human life. To fulfill this vision, Lake Metroparks Farmpark maintains a collection of livestock including equine, bovine, caprine, porcine, ovine, and avian individuals. Sustaining a suitable group of animals to meet exhibit and program needs is the goal of the Animal Care and Interpretation Department.


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s College Internship Program works with students to develop animal care and handling techniques as well as routine care procedures. Staff will work with interns to meet specific curriculum requirements for college credit.

Interns will be scheduled depending on time required to meet interns curriculum needs, availability of staff, and timing of animal care tasks. Hours will vary and, as animal care is a 24/7 responsibility, may include weekends and/or holidays. This is an unpaid internship and on-site housing is not available.

Click here to download internship letter with objectives, requirements and contact information.


Special events

  • Crafts
  • Popcorn/Gift shop
  • Food samples
  • Wagon loading
  • Greeters
  • Will call tickets/Vendor check in
  • Announcers
  • Face Painters
  • Timers/Post Result
  • Course Monitors/ Flaggers
  • Dress in costumes
  • Parking


  • Domestic animal care
  • Gardeners
  • Sales associates in Gift Shop
  • Drivers for the draft horse team
  • Tractor driver for people mover
  • Tourism and Corporate host and hostess

Penitentiary Glen Nature Center/Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center

  • Naturalists
  • Gardeners
  • Sale assistants at The Nature Store
  • Wildlife animal care
  • Tourism and Corporate host and hostess

Pine Ridge Country Club
Saturday afternoons and evenings

  • Golf Marshals
  • Starters
  • Cart Attendants

Ranger volunteer

Additional opportunities