Kids wanting to volunteer have a lot of options to do so, including (but not limited to) trail maintenance work, citizen science (such as the river watch program), and helping restore habitat during a planting event at a park.
The CPW volunteer program considers a “youth volunteer” to be anyone under the age of 18.
Requirements: A youth volunteer is anyone under the age of 18. Youth volunteers should be accompanied by an adult or guardian, unless previously approved by CPW staff, and must have a volunteer service agreement signed by a parent or guardian.
Time commitment: Short-term kid-friendly projects are usually 4 to 8 hours long, but some projects are ongoing with children and guardians returning periodically to work on a larger project.
Best time of year: Opportunities are available year-round.
Good for groups? Yes, especially for scouting or school groups.
Good for one-time volunteering? Yes.
Contact us to find a youth volunteer opportunity in your area.
"I volunteered with a walleye spawn project. Six of us got into a boat and sped out to the dam area of the lake where the gill nets were set the night before. We start at the first net and pull in the first few yards and then one fish comes popping out of the water flailing. The data that is collected from these trips are carefully analyzed. The numbers give a detailed trend of what is happening in the lake. Are more fish coming to spawn, how big they are, after being tagged, can they be identified again as a producing adult fish? I have learned so much about our ecosystem and about what goes into making our outdoors so vibrant and bountiful from CPW's biologists and wildlife officers. I look forward to my next opportunity to volunteer with the CPW and be a steward for our wildlife."
- Shiv, CPW Youth Volunteer
Read more about what our volunteers are currently up to on the
CPW volunteer newsletter.