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. 

Madison Scenic Park

Wed & Fri, August 6 & 8, 9:30am - 12pm
Join us at Madison Scenic Park for this series of work parties to trim back encroaching vegetation, remove invasive species, and paint benches as well as the front entrance sign.  Madison Scenic Park is located at 1600 10th Ave SE.  Volunteers will meet inside the park up the hill from the small parking lot. 

Yashiro Japanese Garden

Wed & Fri, August 13 & 15, 9:30am - 12pm
This downtown oasis need our help!  Volunteers will paint the front entrance sign and weed inside the garden to give the space a fresh new look.  Yashiro Japanese Garden is located at 1010 Plum St SE.  Parking available in a small lot off Plum Street.  Meet inside the garden under the event tent.  

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic - Priest Point Park

Sat, August 16, 11am - 1pm
Are you a volunteer with Olympia Park Stewardship? Join us!  Bring your family to reminisce about past work parties and collaborate on future ideas!  Food, drink, and festivities will be provided.  Volunteer recognition and awards!  Meet at Kitchen Shelter #2 in Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Dr NE.  Leashed pets welcome.  RSVP by Tuesday, August 12th by calling 360.753.8365 

Garfield Nature Trail

Wed & Thurs, August 20 & 21, 9am - 3pm; Mon & Tues, August 25 & 26, 9am - 3pm
Come support Eagle Scout candidates as they improve trail conditions on Garfield Nature Trail!  Scouts Michael Schmidtke and Ben Riley will divide the responsibilities of adding timber steps and railings to the start of the trail off Rogers Street.  Volunteers will assist in leveling the trail for step installation, backfilling the steps with gravel, and adding supportive railings.  The project will span four days, with each scout leading two work days.  Join us for a few hours anytime between 9am and 3pm to lend a hand in this formidable endeavor!  Meet at the entrance to Garfield Nature Trail at 620 Rogers St NW. 

Yauger Park

Wed, August 27, 9:30am - 12pm
Join Luke Burns and the garden box owners to spruce up the space around the Yauger community garden!  Volunteers will meet at the garden near the end of the parking lot next to Dirt Works.  Yauger Park is located 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. 

 

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! Clifford Carpenter, Jim Nieland, Chi Lin, Curtis Paulsen, Yu Che Lin, Patrick Mcintyre, Anna Clark, Roberta, Megan Allen, and Micah Frankus for your help at Sunrise Park.