Parks, Arts & Recreation Volunteering

Make a Difference

Volunteer planting treeVolunteers 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 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. Please contact the Park Stewardship program at 360.753.8365 or by email for more information.

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.   

Margaret Mckenny Park

Wed, December 17, 9:30am - 12pm
Tis' the season for Park Stewardship!  During this event, will continue our efforts to restore the walking path at Margaret McKenny Park.  Our focus will be widening the walking path and adding new crushed rock. Meet at 3111 21st Ave. SE.  Limited on street parking is available.

Priest Point Park

Sat, December 20, 10am-1pm and Sat, Dec 27, 10am-1pm
Happy Holidays to all!  Join the Park Stewardship team for our final work parties of 2014.  Our focus for these fun filled and festive work parties will be the always needed task of invasive species removal.  Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Dr. NE.  Meet in the lower loop at Shelter #2.

Friendly Grove Park

Wed, December 31, 9:30am - 12pm
Join us for the very last work party of 2014.  We will get ready to ring in the new year at Friendly Grove park by edging the walking trails, pruning trees within the park and weeding the tree cirles.  Friendly Grove Park is located at 2316 Friendly Grove RD NE. 

Watershed Park

Sat, January 3, 10am-1pm
Kick of the New Year at Watershed Park!  Our focus for this first stewardship event of 2015 will be to add gravel to muddy spots on the trail system and trim back brushy areas.  For this event, we will meet at Harry Fains Legion Park 1115 20th Ave. SE.  Limited parking is available. 

Garfield Nature Trail

Wed, January 7, 9:30am - 12pm
Join the Park Stewardship team at Garfield Nature Trail for this fun event! During this event, we will be planting native species plants near the new steps near the Rodgers Street trail head. Meet at 620 Rogers Street NW.   Limited on street parking is available.

West Bay Park

Sat, January 10, 10am-1pm
Come on out to this popular water front park.  Our focus for this event will be to continue our weeding efforts and add mulch to the beds and tree circles within the park.  In addition, we will be removing invasive species and work to keep the park looking its best.  West Bay Park is located at 700 West Bay Dr. NW.  Limited parking is available in the park. 

Friendly Grove Park

Wed, January 14, 9:30am - 12pm
The Park Stewardship team invites you to join us at this awesome neighborhood park.  Our goal for this work party will be to edge the walking path, weed the tree circles and prune back trees and shrubs within the park. During this event, we will be planting native species plants near the new steps near the Rodgers Street trail head. Friendly Grove Park is located at 2316 Friendly Grove Rd. NE. 

Priest Point Park

Sat, January 17, 10am-1pm and Sat, January 24, 10am-1pm
Join us at Priest Point Park for these fun filled Saturday events.  Our focus for these fun filled work parties will be the always needed task of invasive species removal including but not limited to English Ivy, Himalayan Black Berry, Holly and much, much more! Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Dr. NE. Meet in the lower loop at Shelter #2.

Park Stewards are volunteer or unpaid intern positions that require at least 4 volunteer hours per month and a 6 month minimum commitment. All Park Stewards must be 18 or older and succesfully complete a background check and criminal history questionnaire.

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.

Specific 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

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.

Specific 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

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.

Specific 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

Special Requirements for all Park Steward Positions

  • 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 and criminal history questionnaire
  • For safety reasons, must wear leather or sturdy work boots


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
  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.

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.


Recognition

THANK YOU! John Rosen, Curtis DeBell, Peter Choi, Nicholas Taylor, Mathew Chun, Jordan Jeckel, Micah Frankus, Claire Canaan, Cliff C., Roberta Woods, Ian Flynn-Jones, Sean Conant, Ben McBride, Nick Heay, Madison Brown, Rosie Augsburger and Gracie Anderson for your help at Olympia Woodland Trail !