Volunteers working outside in Carmel

Park Stewardship

    Let's get outside! Explore Our Nature Programming

    About Our Park Stewardship Program

    Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) connects the community with nature by managing and maintaining over 500 acres of park land. Throughout Carmel, you will find 13 parks and 4 greenways offering greenspace, playgrounds, access to natural resources, and education through interpretive signage. We are dedicated to ensuring our community understands their role in our natural resources both today and in the future.

    Looking for outdoor activities? Explore these nature tips from our Natural Resources Coordinator!

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    Join the Cause

    Park Stewardship gives the community an opportunity to play a larger part in developing our natural resources and better understand our parks. Through Park Stewardship programming, events and volunteering, the community is invited to get out to the park to explore, engage and connect by planting trees, identifying species at a BioBlitz event and so much more.

    Be a Steward + Volunteer with Us!

    Help us keep the parks healthy, clean and safe not only for humans but for plants and wildlife.
    Gain hands-on experience and knowledge with a variety of environmental restoration projects including invasive plant removal, trail restoration, and litter cleanup as well as park improvement projects such as playground mulching, refinishing park benches, branch cleanup, and many more.
    PARK STEWARDSHIP volunteer opportunities

    Volunteer With Us

    Invasive Species Workdays
    • June 18, 9am-12pm: Sweet Clover Removal
    • July 14, 9am-12pm: Teasal Removal
    • August 17, 9am-12pm: Invasive Species Training & Bradford Pear Removal
    Woodland Gardens National Trails Day
    • June 6, 9am-12pm
    Pollinator BioBlitz
    • June 24, 4-6pm

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    Citizen Science Week: Invasive Species
    • August 17, 9am-12pm
    Citizen Science Week: Water Ecology
    • August 20, 6-7:30pm

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    Learn about our parks + natural resources

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    Yes, parks are pretty, but my hope is to help our community recognize their intrinsic value and that everyone has a stake in it.

    Brittany McAdams