Parks, Arts & Recreation Volunteering

Make a Difference

Parks volunteerVolunteers enable Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation to offer a wonderful array of affordable recreational, educational and cultural programs. Volunteers also contribute of hours of time to maintain and improve our parks.

Areas of volunteer interest include special events, after school programs, camps, athletics, gym supervision, teen program, bulb planting, trail maintenance, arts and clerical work.

Our volunteers come in all ages and many times work directly with the public in providing customer service to the community. Our volunteers do tremendous work and have great fun as well!


Volunteer in Parks

The Volunteer in Parks program offers a variety of ways to help Olympia's parks. You can join an upcoming work party, become a Park Steward, or Adopt-a-Park with your neighborhood/organization. Tools, gloves and some refreshments are provided. All ages are welcome to participate.

Work Parties

For all work parties, please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle. Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and all youth under 18 years must have a signed Waiver and Medical Alert or have a parents' signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site.

 

LBA Park - National Public Lands Day Event - Saturday, September 29 - 10:00am-1:00pm

We are partnering with the United Way of Thurston Co. to celebrate Day of caring and public lands with a free and fun volunteer event! LBA Park needs your help with environmental restoration....specifically Scotch broom removal! As with all volunteer work parties, please dress for weather, wear full-length pants and sturdy shoes. Meet on the east side of the upper parking lot, located at 3333 Morse-Merryman Rd. SE. Please park across the street at Margaret McKenny Elementary School, 3250 Morse-Merryman Rd. SE. Register today here or by calling 360-753-8380. For more information, please call the Stewardship team at 360-753-8365.

Grass Lake Nature Park (6th Ave Neighborhood Entrance)- Wednesday, October 3 - 9:30am-12:00pm

Join staff and stewards as we cut back the encroaching vegetation along the lovely walking trail. Park along the street on 6th Ave. NW. Meet near on the north side of the intersection of 6th Ave NW. and Craftsman Dr. NW. Directional signs will be posted.

Priest Point Park - Saturday, October 6 - 10:00am-1:00pm

Help us continue our restoration efforts in this amazing park. Today's work party will focus on removing English ivy to prepare for planting wonderful native plants this winter. The park is located at 2600 East Bay Dr. NE. Meet near the Mission Creek Estuary Trail, just south of the playground. Plenty of parking available.

Margaret McKenny Park - Wednesday, October 10 - 9:30am-12:00pm

Have you seen this park since the amazing new playground went in? Now is your chance. Join stewards and staff as we pull English holly and other invasive plant species. The park is located at 3111 21st Ave SE. Street parking available.

Watershed Park - Saturday, October 13 - 10:00am-1:00pm

Need to get your steps in? Then join us for a gravelling work party! The park is located at 2500 Henderson Blvd. SE. A small parking lot is available for parking. The meeting spot is just down the trail from the trailhead, at the first intersection.

Trillium Park - Wednesday, October 17 - 9:30am-12:00pm & Saturday, October 20 - 10:00am-1:00pm

This wonderful pocket park needs your help! We will be deconstructing a social trail and planting native vegetation. Street parking is available one block away on Quince St. SE. The park is located at 901 Eskridge Blvd. SE. Meet at the trailhead.

Priest Point Park - Wednesday, October 24 - 9:30am-12:00pm

Join Park Stewardship staff and other dedicated volunteers in removing invasive plant species at this beloved park. The park is located at 2600 East Bay Dr. NE. Meet near the Mission Creek Estuary Trail, just south of the playground. Plenty of parking available.

Springwood Parcel (formally Zabel's Rhododendron Garden) - Saturday, October 27 - 10:00am-1:00pm

Like digging in the dirt? This work party is for you. We will focus on removing the little "volunteer" seedlings that have popped up in this lovely parcel. The plants removed will be planted at Priest Point Park this winter. The parcel is located at 1500 Springwood Ave NE, but PARKING IS ONLY ALLOWED ON DEVON DR. NE. After parking, follow the signs to the entrance to the parcel. Meet just inside the gate.

Yashiro Japanese Garden - Wednesday, October 31 - 9:30am-12:00pm

All treats and no tricks today! The leaves are falling, so this work party will focus on weeding and raking this hidden downtown park. Since this work party falls on Halloween, feel free to dress in your favorite costume you don't mind dirtying!  The park is located at 1010 Plum St. SE. Meet at the side entrance to the park. Parking is available at the Lee Creighton Justice Center, 900 Plum St. SE.

Northeast Neighborhood Connection Trail Grant Project

Thanks to a generous grant from REI Co-op, we have contracted with the Washington Trails Association (WTA) to bring a much needed trail to the southeast part of Priest Point Park. WTA hosts volunteer work parties lead by trail experts on select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning in October. For more information visit wta.org/volunteer.

Steward Positions

Locations
Evergreen Park, Garfield Nature Trail, Grass Lakes Refuge, Margaret McKenny Park, McGrath Woods Park, Mission Creek Nature Park, Olympia Woodland Trail, Priest Point Park, Trillium Park, Watershed Park, and Yauger Park.

Duties

  • Identify and pull invasive plants
  • Replant, and care for native plants until they are established
  • Report overnight camping to Park Ranger
  • Clean graffiti off surfaces
  • Pick up litter
  • Report damaged structures, such as bridges or board walks to Supervisor
  • Help in finding donated native plants for replanting projects
  • Complete annual report on activities, and track hours

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to commit to a 6 month minimum period of service 
  • Must successfully complete a background check
  • For safety reasons, must wear leather or sturdy work boots

Locations
Burri Park, Evergreen Park, Garfield Nature Trail, Grass Lakes Refuge, Margaret McKenny Park, McGrath Woods Park, Mission Creek Nature Park, Olympia Woodland Trail, Priest Point Park, Trillium Park, Watershed Park, and Yauger Park.

Duties

  • Maintain trails to OPARD standards
  • Pull invasive plants from trail
  • Clear debris from trail
  • Re-grade eroding trails
  • Add surfacing when needed, such as crushed rock
  • Cut back vegetation from encroaching on trail (within 4 ft standard)
  • Clean graffiti off signs
  • Pick up litter along trail
  • Report damaged structures, such as bridges or board walks to Supervisor
  • Help in finding donated materials for the trails
  • Complete annual report on activities, and track hours

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to commit to a 6 month minimum period of service 
  • Must successfully complete a background check
  • For safety reasons, must wear leather or sturdy work boots

Locations
Evergreen Park, Margaret McKenny Park, McGrath Woods Park, Priest Point Park Rose Garden, Lion’s Park, Bigelow Park, Harry Fain’s Legion Park, Burri Park, Woodruff Park, Yashiro Japanese Garden, Madison Scenic Park, and Friendly Grove.

Duties

  • Pull weeds
  • Edge flower beds
  • Apply new mulch or bark
  • Clean graffiti off surfaces
  • Pick up litter
  • Report any damages to Supervisor
  • Occasional plantings
  • Repaint benches, picnic tables & wood signs
  • Complete annual report on activities, and track hours

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to commit to a 6 month minimum period of service 
  • Must successfully complete a background check
  • For safety reasons, must wear leather or sturdy work boots

Questions?

For more information about the above opportunities, contact Park Stewardship staff at 360.753.8365 or parkstewardship@ci.olympia.wa.us.


Recreation Program & Event Volunteers

To volunteer to assist with Parks, Arts & Recreation programs such as camps, events and athletics:

  1. Complete the Volunteer Application Form and Medical Waiver
  2. Return it to The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA 98501.

Once received, we will contact you to discuss a volunteer placement. If one cannot be arranged at that time, we will keep your application for one year and notify you as opportunities arise.

Once a volunteer placement has been decided upon, the volunteer is required to successfully pass a background check. The background check information will be provided via email to the volunteer at which time the volunteer will be asked to complete an online form. We appreciate your attention to completely filling out these forms. Our volunteer screening process is a crucial step in assuring your safety as well as the safety of our customers.

We look forward to discussing volunteer opportunities with you. Please feel free to contact us at 360.753.8380 if you have any questions regarding the volunteer application process.


 

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