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.   

Priest Point Park

Saturday, March 7, 10am-1pm
Be part of ongoing restoration at Priest Point Park. Drop-in and help us water and spread mulch around newly planted Western Red Cedars. We will meet near the playground. Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Drive NE.

Priest Point Park

Saturday, March 14, 10am-1pm
Spring is just around the corner! Help get the rose garden ready and come out to Priest Point Park to weed this beautiful area. Meet in kitchen shelter #1. Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Drive NE.

West Bay Park

Wed, March 18, 9:30am-12pm and Sat, March 21, 10am-1pm
Join us at West Bay Park and help get this waterfront park ready for spring! We will focus on weeding and mulching with a series of work parties. Meet near the covered bike shelter. West Bay Park is located at 700 West Bay Drive NW.

Priest Point Park & Grass Lake Nature Park

Saturday, March 28, 10am-1pm
Parks, Water Resources & Urban Forestry Departments are teaming up to host an Arbor Day Celebration of epic proportions! The focus will be on habitat restoration with invasive removal and native vegetation plantings. Visit streamteam.info to register for one of the locations. Follow up the restoration at the Artesian Commons downtown where we will be having a celebration party! 

Decatur Woods Park

Wed, April 1, 9:30am-12pm and Sat, 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.

Park of the Seven Oars

Wed, April 8, 9:30am-12pm and Sat, 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

Wed, April 15 9:30am-12pm, Sat, April 18, 10am-1pm
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.

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! Fang-Fung,Rihong. Li, Sabhey Namali, Yinsiishie, Charlotte Harris, Yu Che Lin, William Weber, Dave Martin, Cheng-Kang, Hersham Alshehn, Leo Row, Trang Nguyen, Truc Nguyen, Dana Marti, Sean Conant, Micah Frankus for your help at LBA Park!