Education and Restoration
The Park Stewardship Program is designed to connect individuals with nature through volunteering, safe and healthy parks, and education.
The program is run by the City Park Ranger, who works in cooperation with the Olympia Police Department to patrol the City of Olympia Parks and educate the public about park code in order to make our parks safe and healthy for the community.
Contact Olympia Park Ranger, Sylvana Niehuser at 360.753.8365 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Upcoming Environmental Education Events
Resources for Educators
Call 360.753.8380 to register or for more information go online or call 360.753.8365
Backyard Campout--June 25-26--Only $20 per person, kids 2 and under free
Bring your family to historic Priest Point Park for a rare opportunity to campout in the park! Join us for a campfire, activities and food! Main dinner entrée and breakfast are provided. To register please call 360.753.8380 or visit us online. For more information call 360.753.8365.
Beach Naturalist--July 2--10:00am-1:00pm, free for all ages
You are invited to join a Beach Naturalist from South Sound Estuary Association for a guided beach walk at Priest Point Park. Learn about the amazing creatures that live in and around Puget Sound waters. For more information, call 360.753.8365 or visit sseacenter.org.
Kids Canopy Climb--August 6--$30 per participant, ages 6-13
It's time to climb! Calling all kids 6-13 that love nature, adventure or fun! Imagine ascending to over 50 feet and looking over Lions Park. Participants are guided by certified arborists and City technical staff. To register please call 360.753.8380 or visit us online. For more information call 360.753.8365.
If you are an educator who is looking for an opportunity to take advantage of the "outdoor classroom" please contact Park Ranger, Sylvana Niehuser at 360.753.8365 or by email. 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.
Junior Ranger Program
Hey Kids! Do you want to become a Junior Park Ranger for the City of Olympia? It's Easy!
1. Download and print your Junior Park Ranger Activity Guide or you can pick up a guide at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW.
2. Complete the activities in the guide.
3. Come to an Olympia Parks volunteer event or environmental education event (above) and show your completed activity guide to Ranger Sylvana to receive your badge.
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. Learn more on our Parks, Arts & Recreation Volunteering page.