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 our 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
Meet Us At The Beach - Free! 1pm-4pm
Bring the whole family out at low tide for a fun and educational experience. South Sound Estuary Association Beach Naturalists will be at two of Olympia's waterfront parks to provide education and fun for beach visitors. Come check out the critters on the beach! Priest Point Park dates: Jul 5 & Jul 19. West Bay Park dates: Jul 18 & Aug 2.
Junior Ranger Adventures - Ages 6-11, $25 per child, July 18
Earn your Junior Park Ranger badge in one day! Come join the Park Ranger and expert staff on this exciting adventure that will take you to 3 different City of Olympia parks. Learn to appreciate nature through responsible and fun recreation while learning about stewardship, local ecosystems, habitats and wildlife. The adventure will include a nature walk, wildlife observation, fun activities and a picnic. Transportation and supervision included.
Kids Canopy Climb - Ages 6-12, $30 per child, July 11, Aug 1
Enjoy this rare experience with nature while exploring the treetop environment, learning about the forest ecosystem, and helping to steward newly planted trees at Priest Point Park. Climbers will be guided by certified arborists and City technical staff. Fun and engaging activities will also be provided on the ground.
Backyard Campout - All ages, $20 per person (2 & under free), Jun 27-28
Bring your family to historic Priest Point Park for a rare opportunity to campout in the park! Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation is striving to teach participants basic camping skills including setting up camp and outdoor cooking. There will be nature based activities for all ages. Main dinner entree and breakfast will be provided. Tents, sleeping bags, and pads can be provided upon request. Children 2 and under - FREE!
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 Vounteering page.