Make a Difference
Volunteers enable Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation to offer a wonderful array of affordable recreational, educational and cultural programs. Volunteers also contribute thousands 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 range in age from fourteen to eighty-four 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. Please contact Mike Baker or Sylvana Niehuser at 360.753.8365 or by email for more information.
Upcoming Work Parties
For all work parties, please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy. 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.
Yashiro Japanese Garden - Wednesday, December 11, 9:30am-12pm
Come out to the beautiful Yashiro Japanese Garden for a morning of enjoyable stewardship. Our focus will be to spread bark and clean-up the park. Meet near the entrance. Yashiro Japanese Garden is located at 1010 Plum ST SE.
Priest Point Park - Saturday, December, 14 10am-1pm
Join this newly added pre-holiday Stewardship event! We will focus on improving trail conditions on the Ellis Cove Trail. This will involve erosion control through planting with native species. Meet at the Ellis Cove trail head. Priest Point Park is located 2600 East Bay Drive NE.
Madison Scenic Park - Wednesday, December 18, 9:30am-12pm
Come on out to Madison Scenic Park for a fun and festive work party! We will focus on removing invasive species. Meet at the top of the paved walk-way. Madison Scenic Park is located 1600 10th Ave SE.
Madison Scenic Park - Saturday, December 21, 10am-1pm
In the spirit of giving come ring in the holidays and give Madison Scenic Park some much needed attention! We will focus on, removing invasive species. Meet at the top of the paved walk-way. Madison Scenic Park is located 1600 10th Ave SE.
Priest Point Park - Saturday, January 4, 10am-1pm
Ring in the New Year with an Ivy pull! Your help is needed to remove invasive vegetation from the beach trails at Priest Point Park. We will meet in Kitchen Shelter #3. Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Drive NE.
Watershed Park - Wednesday, January 8, 9:30am-12pm
Join efforts to resurface part of the trails in Watershed Park. Over the course of 2 work parties we will spread gravel, grade the trail and cut back encroaching vegetation. Meet at McCormick Ct. pedestrian entrance located at 2308 McCormick Ct SE.
Watershed Park - Saturday, January 11, 10am-1pm
Part 2 of the trail repair project. Come help finish up repairing the trails in Watershed Park. We will spread gravel, grade the trail and cut back encroaching vegetation. Meet at Harry Fain's Legion Park across from Watershed at 1115 20th Ave SE.
Recreation Program & Event Volunteers
To volunteer to assist with Parks, Arts & Recreation programs such as camps, events and athletics:
- Complete the Volunteer Application Form
- 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.
The application form includes a background check and criminal history questionnaire. We appreciate your attention to filling out these two very important 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.
THANK YOU! Sean Conant, Jim Nieland, Libby Nieland, Brian Kohler, Molly Walsh, Justin Carter, Jacov Trumel, Annie Liu, April McCray, Kira McCray, Brian Roberts, Patty Kohler, Ivan Jenner, Alexandra Amico, Lee Baker, Kaleah Milligan, Quinn Johnson, Roberta Woods, Aaron Walsh, Zoe Major and Micah Frankus for all your work at Priest Point Park!