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LANTERNS!

Event Volunteer Opportunities

Join us as a WILDVolunteer at our outdoor deep-winter festival, LANTERNS! 2017! Help Wildwood guests travel the world by assisting with one of the 6 cultural vistas or at the front gate with ticketing. Each vista represents a specific culture through food & beverages, games & activities, and décor. See below for more information, then click here to complete the online form to become a LANTERNS! WILDVolunteer!

Event Volunteer Dates (Choose from 1, 2, or all 3 evenings!):

  • Friday February 10,  4:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Friday February 10, 5:15 – 10:15 PM
  • Saturday February 11, 4:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Saturday February 11, 5:15 – 10:15 PM
  • Sunday February 12, 4:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Sunday February 12, 5:15 – 10:15 PM

Volunteer Times: Description of Two Event Shifts:

  • 4:30 PM-9:30 PM – 15 volunteers to help with Set-up, Tickets, and Greeters & Directions
  • 5:15 PM – 10:15 PM – 100 volunteers to help with Vistas and WILDBucks
Where: Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Rd. Little Rock, AR 72223

Job Descriptions4:30-9:30 Event Shift

  • Tickets – sell tickets at one of the gates and receive payment via cash, check, or credit cards (ability to use a square on your mobile device is a plus!)
  • Greeters & Direction – assist by greeting guests at the gates and at various shuttle locations.

Job Descriptions5:15-10:15 Event Shift

  • Vista Activities – lead various activities (for example- lead a game like the limbo or a hula hooping contest – especially child related activities)
  • Vista Food Service – serve food to guests and accept WILDBucks throughout the evening
  • Vista Beverage Service – serve alcoholic beverages to guests and accept WILDBucks throughout the evening (volunteer must be over the age of 21)
  • Vista Runner – communicate with volunteers to replenish food and supplies at a specific vista
  • WILDBucks – sell WILDBucks by receiving payment via cash, check, or credit cards (ability to use a square on your mobile device is a plus!)

Job Descriptions4:15-10:15 Event Shift

  • Vista Leader – volunteer over the age of 21 who manages and trains the vista volunteers – making sure that everything runs smoothly and contacting Wildwood staff if any problems occur. It is helpful if Vista Leaders are available all 3 evenings from 4:00-10:00 PM. Vista Leaders will be asked to attend a training session prior to the event dates.

How Many Volunteers Needed: 110-125 volunteers each evening!

10-12 volunteers for each vista each evening
10-12 volunteers to help with gates and ticketing each evening
10-12 volunteers to sell with WILDBucks each evening
4-8 volunteers to assist inside the administrative offices each evening
This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for organizations, clubs, and businesses that are interested in team-building or would like to market to up to 7,000 patrons that visit Wildwood for the special event. Contact us at 501-821-7275 to learn more about monetary and volunteer sponsorships.
Interested in a leading role in the Festival? or one of the cultural vistas?

LANTERNS! Prep/Clean-Up Volunteer Opportunities

Not available February 10-12? You can still make a difference, by joining us as a WILDVolunteer on Prep & Clean-Up Days! Assist behind the scenes by: preparing decor, counting WILDBucks, cleaning indoor & outdoor areas, prepping lanterns and luminaries, taking inventories, hanging posters throughout the community, building and decorating indoor and outdoor vistas. See below for more information, then click here to complete the online form to become a LANTERNS! WILDVolunteer!

January Prep Dates:
Saturday, January 7
Saturday, January 14
Saturday, January 21
Saturday, January 28
February Prep Dates:
Saturday, February 4
Sunday, February 5
Monday, February 6
Tuesday, February 7
Wednesday, February 8
Thursday, February 9
Friday, February 10
Saturday, February 11
Sunday, February 12
February Clean-Up Dates:
Monday, February 13
Tuesday, February 14
Wednesday, February 15
Thursday, February 16
Friday, February 17
Saturday, February 18
Sunday, February 19

Time: 1:00 – 4:00

Where: Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Rd. Little Rock, AR 72223

Contact: Click here to complete the online form to become a LANTERNS! WILDVolunteer! Or call 501-821-7275 ext. 253 to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Art in the Park – 

Nature in Print: Arkansas Printmakers Exploring the Natural World

Dates & Times:
Saturdays & Sundays – February 22 – April 7, 2017
12 Noon – 4 pm
If you are only able to volunteer a portion of the time, that is OK! Just let us know what time frame you are available.
Where: Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Rd. Little Rock, AR 72223
Meet in the main administrative office.
What: Greet & encourage guests to sign in at the guest book, monitor the gallery spaces, assist with small administrative duties as needed. This is the perfect job for someone that enjoys serving in a low-key environment.
Contact: Email Angela at angela@wildwoodpark.org or at 501-821-7275 ext. 253 with your name, phone number,  email address, and the date(s) you would like to volunteer.

WILDVolunteer Spotlight

Bill Toland is a Master Naturalist that has helped to oversee and create Wildwood trails, including the Nature Trail and the Wild 40 Trail. He plays an important role in gathering volunteers from the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists to lead the Jr. Master Naturalist Spring Break camp for children who are interested in learning more about nature, outdoor safety, and hiking! Team Wildwood is so grateful that Bill chooses to support Wildwood by lending his kind spirit in a multitude of ways to grow and maintain Wildwood’s outdoor spaces.

When did you begin volunteering at Wildwood?

A Master Naturalist friend of mine started to work on a nature trail at Wildwood a few years ago. I joined him in this effort and been there ever since.

Why do you choose to volunteer at Wildwood?

It is close to home, so local volunteer opportunities come first. It also involves a lot of outdoor projects that fits the type of activities that I enjoy the most.

What has been your favorite event/concert/festival to volunteer for at Wildwood?

Most of the volunteer work has involved trail work and habitat restoration not to mention cleaning up storm damage. So all events would have benefited. However my favorite event is the Lantern Festival.

What is your best piece of advice for new volunteers?

Don’t wait, get involved now. Very flexible working hours and activities from which to choose.

Previous WILDVolunteer Spotlights

Danny Wood has been a vital WILDVolunteer since 2006. Danny works at Windstream and enjoys spending time with his family. He has volunteered many hours for a wide variety of events at Wildwood, including: LANTERNS!, Holiday Tour of Homes, Wine & Food Festival, Vine & Dine, and a slew of special performances. He is usually looking dapper wearing a bow tie and ready to serve our guests with a smile and a kind word. Team Wildwood, along with many other arts organizations, is grateful to count Danny Wood among our wonderful and reliable volunteers. Danny was the WILDVolunteer of the Year in 2013.

When did you begin volunteering at Wildwood?

To the best of my recollection I began volunteering around 2006.  I live North of the River and had thought Wildwood was just for Opera, so I have missed out on some really wonderful events due to my own ignorance! I found out about this treasure when Wildwood was seeking volunteers in an email from The Rep where I have been a longtime volunteer. I had no idea the Park was so beautiful and had never really thought about festivals. Boy, did I discover the many wonderful events, performing arts, artists, music, etc. that are associated with Wildwood!

Why do you choose to volunteer at Wildwood?

Not all of us can write big patron checks, but what we can do is give of ourselves. Our time does translate into money as non-profits could not survive without volunteers. Being a WILDMan allows me to serve the arts and the community that I dearly love. I volunteer for other organizations but Wildwood makes me feel like I am part of the Wildwood family!

What has been your favorite event/concert/festival to volunteer for at Wildwood?

My favorite event was a collaboration between The Rep and Wildwood for a Shakespearean play. The production was outside in front of Swan Lake and some actors come in by boat! The backdrop and scenery was a wonderful mix of modern steel and fabric and lighting transformed the production into a magical experience! Guests brought chairs or blankets and sat on the lawn. We also had to option of a delicious box dinner! And of course, wine!

What is your best piece of advice for new volunteers?

I always try to treat members and guests as I think we all should be treated! Always be grateful for the opportunity to serve others. Remember no job is too small or too big that team work can’t accomplish!

Will has volunteered at Wildwood since his freshman year of high school in 2012. He has supported Wildwood’s LANTERNS! Festival volunteering quite a few hours of his time for prep days and event days. Will recently volunteered at the Art in the Park exhibit featuring work by Nancy Nolan and in the box office with the impeccable performance by The Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Will is a senior at Episcopal Collegiate and is one of four seniors recently named National Merit Semifinalists. Will is an excellent WILDVolunteer, willing to step in at a moment’s notice with a calm presence and get the job done. We are so thankful to have Will as a WILDVolunteer!

When did you begin volunteering at Wildwood?

I began volunteering at Wildwood in 2012, my freshmen year in high school.

Why do you choose to volunteer at Wildwood?

Wildwood has great scenery, amiable staff, and fun events. Whenever I volunteer at Wildwood, there is more of a sense of accomplishment than other opportunities, because I can always see the results of my efforts either on the stage or around the park at events.

What has been your favorite event/concert/festival to volunteer for at Wildwood?

My favorite event at Wildwood is probably the LANTERNS! Festival. (For information on how you can help with LANTERNS! 2016, click here!)

What is your best piece of advice for new volunteers?

To new volunteers at Wildwood: Put effort and enthusiasm into your work at Wildwood. Volunteering is always more enjoyable when you have a positive attitude.

Since 2015, the Arkansas Chinese American Association (ACAA) have provided and organized all volunteers and many of the educational, entertainment, and culinary aspects of the Asian vista. Part of their mission is to promote the appreciation of Chinese culture and heritages and enhance cross-cultural understanding through educational, social and cultural programs. Wildwood has enjoyed the community that ACAA provides to create a more authentic Chinese experience at their vista throughout LANTERNS!

When did you begin volunteering at Wildwood?

The Arkansas Chinese American Association (ACAA) first became involved at Wildwood during the annual LANTERNS! Festival in 2015.

Why do you choose to volunteer at Wildwood?

We believe that volunteering at Wildwood helps to make our community more beautiful.

What has been your favorite event/concert/festival to volunteer for at Wildwood?

Our favorite event at Wildwood is the LANTERNS! Festival.

What is your best piece of advice for new volunteers?

Group volunteering is an excellent way to learn more about each other and build up a sense of team while serve your community.

Bonnie Gatliff can often be found at Wildwood serving in the administrative offices, gardening, or assisting with event preparation and clean up at least once a week. She has assisted with all of Wildwood’s events, including Wine & Food Festival, Vine & Dine: Wine Reserve Dinner, LANTERNS!, Holiday Tour of Homes, and more! Bonnie provides a constant and consistent volunteer presence at Wildwood through her acts of service and Team Wildwood is so grateful to see Bonnie’s sweet smile each week.

When did you begin volunteering at Wildwood?

I started volunteering in 2009.

Why do you choose to volunteer at Wildwood?

I choose to volunteer at Wildwood Park for the Arts because it brings me satisfaction that I may be helping to sustain the Park for the enjoyment of thousands of people who visit each year. Also, it brings me joy as the beautiful surroundings remind me of our former home.

What has been your favorite event/concert/festival to volunteer for at Wildwood?

My favorite event is the Winter Festival – LANTERNS!

What is your best piece of advice for new volunteers?

My best piece of advice for new volunteers is to just jump in. You will be amazed at what this staff can pull off with your help.