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.   

Decatur Woods Park

Wednesday, April 1, 9:30am-12pm; and Saturday, April 4, 10am-1pm
Spring has arrived and we need your help! The focus of this series will be on weeding and mulching tree circles. Meet near the covered shelter. Decatur Woods Park is located at 1015 Decatur St SW.

Mission Creek Nature Park

Saturday, April 4, 10am-1pm
Join this neighborhood-led work party to liberate the beautiful and bountiful native vegetation and north loop walking path at Mission Creek Nature Park!  Volunteers will cut back and remove invasive plants.  Meet at the San Francisco St entrance to the park located at 1700 San Francisco Ave NE.  Please bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes.  Contact Tom Badger (badgert@earthlink.net) for more information.  

Park of the Seven Oars

Wednesday, April 8, 9:30am-12pm; and Saturday, April 11, 10am-1pm
Did you know that Park of the Seven Oars is part of Olympia's public art collection? Come spruce up a living piece of art! The focus of this series will be on weeding, mulching, removing invasive vegetation and litter clean up. On street parking is available along West Bay Drive. Park of the Seven Oars is located at 202 West Bay Drive NW (between the 2 Harrison Ave. roundabouts).

Priest Point Park

Wednesday, April 15 & Friday, April 17, 9:30am-12pm
Earth Day is fast approaching. Help prepare Priest Point Park for an Earth Day Celebration. The focus will be on removing invasives and planting preparation. Meet at kitchen shelter #3. Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Drive NE.

Priest Point Park

Saturday, April 18, 10am-1pm
Be green and join our team! Park Stewardship is teaming up with Centro to celebrate Earth Day with a fun and exciting stewardship work party. Come help plant native trees and vegetation in Priest Point Park. For more information and registration details visit ExperienceIt Online. Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Drive NE.

Priest Point Park

Wednesday, April 22, 9:30am-12pm
Help steward vulnerable plants from the Earth Day celebration!  Meet fellow volunteers at kitchen shelter #3 to mulch and water plants.  Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Dr NE.

Yashiro Japanese Garden

Wednesday, April 29, 9:30am-12pm
Get your morning exercise while enjoying the beauty of this quiet downtown park!  Volunteers will weed flowerbeds throughout the garden.  Join your community by lending a helping hand!  Meet inside the garden located at 1010 Plum St NE.

 

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 successfully 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! Gloria Baek, Ryan Rogers, Duncan Malone, Camilla Petson, Logan Hite, Kristin Weed, Marisol Steltzner, Warren Westrup, Matt Mazur-Hart, Amelia Ack, Jesse Rozenfeld, Christina Sanchez, Virginia Towne, Roberta Woods, John Daly, Mike Balbin, Rachel Petsche, DJ Jackson, Jane Appling, Micah Frankus, Elisabeth Long, Poppy Long, Ruby O'Donnell, Laura Westrup, Peta Jonas, Sophie Jonas, Sara Kirry, Chris Barr, Caitlin Freemantle, Kate O'Donnell, Kimberley Rozenfeld, Christopher Rozenfeld, Katerina Eklund, Hannah Ack, Sam Loveland, Paul Schaufler, Lyle Tribbett, Kyntasha Pearson, Austin Townsend, Dale Lormor, Cayla Stahley, Emily Noyd, Amy Loesch, Emma Loesch, Maggie Dunlap, Allie Dunlap, Yu Che Lin, Kirsten Stalnaker, Steve Langer, Katherine Kauffman, Karina Steltzner, Elmer Callahan, Vivian Jones, Alexandra Doty, Morgan Smith, Sam Vorl, Laurie Rozenfeld, David Schneider, Bethany Cox, Mike Fair, Jordan Byers, Jasmine Bacon, Nabica Bacon, Kimberly Perry, Genevieve Becker, Dana Margi, Madeline Garcin, and Anna Elewski for your help during Arbor Day at Priest Point Park!