Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Sacramento Adventure Playground. We would be delighted to have you volunteer at the Playground!

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age.
  • Youth volunteers ages 16 or 17 may be accepted but are mostly limited to general clean-Up. Youth Volunteers at an activity station must have an adult present and supervising their performance or have demonstrated the ability to volunteer independently.
  • We will gladly sign off on any educational community service hours. We cannot accept any volunteers via court order service.
  • We ask that all volunteers have a vehicle at the site, or transportation available 15 minutes prior to ending time. Youth groups must have the adult supervisor present until all youth are picked up.
  • All volunteers need to be able to communicate and work with youth. Volunteers should never have their phones out while volunteering.

How to Apply to be a Volunteer:

  1. Download the Volunteer Information Packet or review below.
  2. Review the Volunteer Requirements and Opportunities.
  3. Complete the Volunteer Application

The following is a listing of individual volunteering opportunities for 2020:

All Public Operating Days – Monitoring and interaction with youth in the “Store”
Homeschool Enrichment – Assistance/Guest Instructors.  W-Th-F, 5 x 4 weekly sessions.
Feb. 8 (Sat) – Community Day (All ages).  Event time 11am – 4pm. Shifts of 10:30am – 4pm, 10:30am – 1:30pm or 1 – 4pm.
Feb. 14 (Fri) – Roasted Nights Special Event (real fire events). Event time 6am – 8pm.
Mar. 14 (Sat) – Community Day (All ages). Event time 11am – 4pm. Shifts of 10:30am – 4pm, 10:30am – 1:30pm or 1 – 4pm.
Mar. 27 (Fri)  – Toddler Day. Event time 11am – 2pm.
Apr. 4 (Sat) – Daisy Girl Scout Mechanical Engineering Camp. Event time 9am – 12pm.
Apr. 18 (Sat) – Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Camp. Event time 9am – 12pm.
May 9 (Fri) – Community Day (All ages). Event time 11am – 4pm. Shifts of 10:30am – 4pm, 10:30am – 1:30pm or 1am – 4pm.
May 15 (Fri) – Toddler Day. Event time is 11am – 2pm.
June 13 (Sat) – Community Day (All ages). Event time 11am – 4pm. Shifts of 10:30am – 4pm, 10:30am – 1:30pm or 1 – 4pm.
June 22-26 (M-F) – Dinomania Summer Camp. Event time 9am – 12pm.
July 11 (Sat) – Community Day (All ages). Event time 11am – 4pm. Shifts of 10:30am – 4pm, 10:30am – 1:30pm or 1-4pm.
July 27-31 (M-F) – Castle Fort Build Camp. Event time is 9am – 12pm (constructions skills a plus).
Aug. 8 (Sat) – Community Day (All ages). Event time 11am – 4pm. Shifts of 10:30am – 4pm, 10:30am – 1:30pm or 1 – 4pm.
Aug. 10-14 (M-F) – Engineering “Make It” Camp. Event time is 9am – 12pm.
Sept. 12 (Sat) – Community Day (All ages). Event time 11am – 4pm.  Shifts of 10:30am – 4pm, 10:30am – 1:30pm or 1am – 4pm.
Sept. 19 (Sat) – Junior Girl Scout Mechanical Engineering Camp. Event Time 9am – 12pm.
Oct. 10 (Sat) – Dirty Kids Obstacle Race and Community Fun Day. Shifts Vary. High need.
Oct. 16 (Fri) – Toddler Day. Event time is 11am – 2pm.
Oct. 31 (Sat) – Trunk-or-Treat/Haunted House. Event time 3 – 5pm. Volunteers needed 1 – 5:30pm.
Nov. 14 (Sat) – Community Day (All ages).  Event time 11am – 4pm.  Shifts of 10:30am – 4pm, 10:30am – 1:30pm or 1 – 4pm.
Nov. 23 (Mon) – Roasted Nights Special Event (real fire events).  Event time 6 – 8pm.
Dec. 12 (Sat) – Junior Girl Scout Mechanical Engineering Camp. Event time 9am – 12pm.

“The Store”
Operation of the Store. Oversee temporary youth operation, disperse paints, pay rewards and generally interacting with youth. Hours available anytime Playground is open for public play.

General and Parental Assistance
If you have limited time, are unavailable on Community or Special Event Days, or are a parent that remains at the Playground while your children play, we would appreciate your help with general clean-up at the Playground. General clean-up may include returning wood, junk, and tools to their areas. These hours can be scheduled on most any days during public hours.

Group Service Organizations
We will gladly work with your organization or company on a volunteer service project. The projects can range from general clean-up or facility improvement to crafting a new playground feature or assistance at our large events.

Volunteer Organization Stations: Organizations are invited to host their own station on a Community Day and some Special Events, especially organizations that believe in “free play” and/or environmental play. It is also the best way to serve the Playground and the community. We encourage you to set up your own Activity Station that is along the lines of adventure play of special event theme. Community Days are held from 11 AM to 4 PM. Please discuss the details of your station ideas with the Play Manager.

College Student Project Based:  We are able to accommodate college students looking for volunteer credits towards school, organization, or such. A wide range of opportunities can be done from working a Community Day or Special Event (above) to a defined project or activity. Tell us the time you wish to volunteer and what you are looking for and we will come up with something.

Sac State Child Development 132 Internships: We are an approved provider for your 40-hour internship for Child Development 132 at Sac State. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn about the amazing educational benefits of “free” and “risky” play. We’ll show you how to “facilitate play” rather than direct it, and how to take the adventure theme into a classroom setting. We are known as a fun project place (including our students having the best stories at the presentations). It is an experience you will not forget! For scheduling we want you working two Homeschool Enrichment classes, one to two Special Events, and the remaining hours during regular public programming. NOTE:  By the program guidelines we are asked not to communicate any further specific internship information until the Friday of your first week of class (due to MLK Holiday the communication date will start on Jan. 28 for 2020 Spring Semester).

Testimony: “The greatest success of the Musical BB-DRUM was the countless amounts of encouragement, support and guidance from the whole Sacramento Adventure Playground staff.  If there was every anything needed or a brainstorm of ideas there was no hesitations what so ever.  They made me feel as though I was not just an intern but also one of them, they exceeded my expectations.”  S.M, Sac State Intern, Fall 2019.

Spring Semester 2020 SAP Internship Pamphlet: Sac State Internship Information Winter 2020
Spring Semester 2020 SAP Application:  Available Jan. 28 for Spring 2020 Semester.

Volunteer Contact
Steve Caudle, Play Manager
Sacramento Adventure Playground
3301 – 37th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 222-3831
scaudle@fairytaletown.org