Park Stewardship


Park Rangers

The Park Stewardship Program is designed to connect individuals with nature through volunteering, safe and healthy parks, and education.

The Ranger Program consists of two permanent and three seasonal positions. The park rangers work in cooperation with the Olympia Police Department to patrol the City of Olympia Parks and educate the public about park rules in order to make our parks safe and healthy for the community.

Report a Problem

Notice something that could affect health and/or safety in one of our parks? Contact the Rangers at360.753.8365 or submit a request online.


Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation has many volunteer opportunities. Whether it's joining a work party to help spruce up a neighborhood park, or helping with a recreation program or camp, you can make a real difference in your community.

• Find Opportunities on our Volunteering page

Junior Ranger Program

Hey Kids! It's easy to become a Junior Ranger. Just:

1. Download our Junior Park Ranger Activity Guide and complete all of the activities.

2. Show your completed guide to a Ranger at any of our volunteer events or environmental education events to receive your badge.

Environmental Education

Come learn about the natural environment in an 'outdoor classroom' at one of Olympia's parks, home to a wide variety of natural and cultural resources.

If you are an educator who is looking for an opportunity to take advantage of the "outdoor classroom" please contact Jennifer Gessley at 360.753.8365 or With 40 different parks, trails and open spaces in Olympia, many located within walking distance to nearby schools, we can help you find the best park that fits your needs.

Local schools and the parks that are nearby:

  • Centennial Elementary and McKenny Elementary - LBA
  • Garfield Elementary - Woodruff, Garfield Nature Trail and Sunrise Park
  • Hansen Elementary - Grass Lake Nature Park, Cooper Crest Open Space and Burri Park
  • LP Brown Elementary - Burri Park
  • Lincoln Elementary - Stevens Field
  • Madison Elementary - Madison Scenic Park and Lions Park
  • McLane Elementary - Grass Lake Nature Park
  • Pioneer Elementary - Watershed and Trillium Park
  • Roosevelt Elementary - Mission Creek Nature Park
  • Jefferson Middle School - Grass Lake Nature Park, Sunrise Park and Yauger
  • Marshall Middle School - Grass Lake Nature Park, Cooper Crest Open Space and Burri Park
  • Reeves Middle School - Priest Point Park
  • Washington Middle School - LBA and Watershed Park
  • Avanti High School - Madison Scenic Park
  • Capital High School - Grass Lake Nature Park, Sunrise Park and Yauger
  • Olympia High School - Watershed and Trillium Park

For individual park information visit the Parks & Trails web page or call 360.753.8365 for assistance.


Contact program coordinator, Jennifer Gessley, at 360.753.8365 or

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