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 Christina Lamour or Sylvana Niehuser 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. 

Yauger Park

Fri, August 29, 9:30am - 12pm
Lend a hand as construction begins on Olympia's first bike pump track!  In preparation for major construction, volunteers will install straw wattles to create a barrier between the future pump track location and sensitive wetland areas.  Meet in Yauger Park off the parking lot at 530 Alta St SW. 

Stevens Field

Wed, September 3, 9:30am - 12pm
We return to this small ballfield park to help make it a welcoming environment for all to enjoy!  Volunteers will paint the front entrance sign and weed surrounding flowerbeds.  Stevens Field is located at 300 24th Ave SE.  Meet near the front sign at the corner of Washington St and 24th Ave SE.  

LBA Park

Sat, September 6, 10am - 1pm
The painting continues as Park Stewardship travels further south in eastside Olympia.  Lend a hand in refurbishing the entrance sign to LBA Park and weeding around the front flowerbed.  LBA Park is located at 3333 Morse-Merryman Rd SE.  Meet behind the sign under the event tent in the large parking lot. 

Priest Point Park

Wed, September 10, 9:30am - 12pm
As the summer winds down, so does the timeframe for painting projects!  Join Park Stewardship as volunteers strive to complete a few last minute work parties before the wet season.  Meet at Shelter #1 in Priest Point Park to help paint a sign and benches in the beloved Rose Garden.  Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Dr NE. 

Priest Point Park

Sat, September 13, 10am - 1pm; Wed, September 17, 9:30am - 12pm
Ivy Pulls return to Priest Point Park as we prepare for National Public Lands Day.  Volunteers will pull ivy along the beach trail in a final push to restore the critical area.  Help ensure that the restoration area is free from all roots and tiny sprigs before planting begins!  Join in the effort and meet at Shelter #2 in Priest Point Park at 2600 East Bay Dr NE. 

Watershed Park

Sat, September 20, 9am - 3pm
Eagle Scout candidate, Noah Anderson, will lead trail restoration efforts at Watershed Park.  Improvements will focus on diverting water from the trail and creating a safer, cleaner passage for park visitors.  Meet at the side entrance to Watershed Park at 2308 McCormick Ct SE.  Limited street parking is available.  Join us anytime between 9am and 3pm to lend a hand in support of this Eagle Scout project!   

Priest Point Park - National Public Lands Day Stewardship Event!

Sat, September 27, 10am - 1pm
The Park Stewardship Program, along with REI, is hosting a fun and exciting stewardship work party for National Public Lands Day that the whole family will love! Come help revive Priest Point Park by continuing restoration efforts along the beach trail including planting of native species and resurfacing the trail with gravel! Tools, gloves and light refreshments will be provided.  Register today for a chance to win sweet swag from REI!  Meet at Shelter #2 in Priest Point Park located at 2600 East Bay Dr NE. 

Yauger Park

Fri, October 3, 9:30am - 12pm; Sat, October 4, 10am - 1pm
Work continues at Yauger Park in preparation for the opening of a new bike pump track!  This week, volunteer efforts will focus on installing a split rail fence between the recreation zone and sensitive wetland areas.  Join volunteers and local recreation groups in this important effort.  Meet near the parking lot of Yauger Park off 530 Alta St SW.  

 

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! Cliff Carpenter, Jim Nieland, Dale Lormor, Ben Riley, Ivan Dramwell, Bill Schmidtke, Alek Schmidtke, Tyler Schmidtke, Michael Schmidtke, Chris Seversike, Ethan Seversike, Asa Seversike, David Seversike, Joseph Adams, Avery Neeley, Joe Joy, Korban Mahoney, Micah Frankus, Jeff Bair, Erin Schmidtke, Roberta Woods, William Funk, Anthony Harting, Howard Keck, Pedrom Imankhan, Aaron Keck, A. John Terranova, Julian Terranova, Joann Terranova, John Terranova, and Michael Riley for your help volunteering over 230 hours  at Garfield Nature Trail!