The Park Watch Program seeks to meet needs and address issues on the park's trails and surrounding lands and buildings. When the program began, it focused on the Maryland Heights traill as the primary focus area for increased patrols.
Program Goal and Philosophy
The Park Watch Program is a National Park Service sponsored program designed to utilize volunteers to reduce vandalism, looting and destruction of natural and cultural resources, visitor violations, and trail hazards. The volunteers are the “eyes and ears” for park law enforcement and maintenance staff. Volunteers also enhance visitor services and work closely with interpretation, education and public outreach staff. Trained Park Watch volunteers patrol the park using a randomized patrol method of their choosing at the discretion of the program managers or the on-duty ranger. Park Watch volunteers also assist park visitors with wayfinding and answering general questions.The primary operating philosophy of the Park Watch Program is for members to observe and report to the program managers or the on-duty ranger, not to confront or approach suspects or violators. Park Watch Program volunteers have no police or park authority.
Apply to Volunteer
*The park is currently not accepting new applications for the Park Watch program.* If you are interested in volunteering with the Park Watch program, please email us.
Last updated: February 22, 2022