You can make a difference. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Phil Hardberger Park. Do you like working with kids? Digging in the dirt? Sharing all that you know and love about the park? Whatever your interest, your help is needed!

We have volunteer opportunities all sorts of interests and abilities.


Children get to touch a bearded dragon at the Growing Up Wild class.

Children get to touch a bearded dragon at the Growing Up Wild class.

Do your part to help fight nature deficit disorder! Our weekday nature programs are offered to children 18-months to 14 years old. Each program is planned and led by staff. You would help set up the morning of the class and assist with the kid-friendly activities. Each child is accompanied by an adult, so no babysitting is required.

Help is also needed in the Tuesday Children’s Vegetable Garden and Saturday morning programs.



If you enjoy chatting with folks this is the job for you. Every Saturday the PHP Conservancy has representatives in the park posted in various locations to answer general questions about the park, its trails, its programs and the Conservancy.

Greeters tables are usually set up at the Salado Outdoor Classroom building and at the PHP Urban Ecology Center.

New volunteers are paired with someone familiar with the park and there are plenty of resources available to help you answer any question you may be asked.

The most important service greeters provide is face-to-face interaction helping the park visitors have a better connection to nature.                                 

Weed Warriors

Hundreds of volunteers plant native grasses in the restored Savanna.

Hundreds of volunteers plant native grasses in the restored Savanna.

We need hard working volunteers to help park staff tackle big projects. After many years as an overgrazed dairy farm, the land of Phil Hardberger Park is being restored to its natural beauty. Much of the work has been focused on restoring the Savanna.

Another project aims to eradicate invasive species such as chinaberry trees from the Salado Creek Greenway and non-native grasses throughout the park.

  • Wednesday Weed Warriors meet every Wednesday at various locations.  

  • Weekend Weed Warriors meet the first Saturday of the month at various locations.  

ECOLOGY Restoration

Volunteers assist in planting seedlings.

Volunteers assist in planting seedlings.

Most weed warrior activities are scheduled events, but if you cannot make a Wednesday morning or a first Saturday event, please contact us for other possible projects. Often times help is needed to keep the trails clean and trash picked up to protect the watershed. Volunteers working at their own pace and availability are a vital part of how our park is able to stay clean of human debris.