Park Stewardship

Park Rangers

Park Ranger SylvanaThe Park Stewardship Program is designed to connect individuals with nature through volunteering, safe and healthy parks, and education.

The Ranger Program consists of two permanent and three seasonal positions. The park rangers work in cooperation with the Olympia Police Department to patrol the City of Olympia Parks and educate the public about park rules in order to make our parks safe and healthy for the community.

Report a Problem

Notice something that could affect health and/or safety in one of our parks? Contact the Rangers at 360.753.8365 or submit a request online.


Parks volunteerVolunteering

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation has many volunteer opportunities. Whether it's joining a work party to help spruce up a neighborhood park, or helping with a recreation program or camp, you can make a real difference in your community.

• Find Opportunities on our Volunteering page


Junior RangersJunior Ranger Program

Hey Kids! It's easy to become a Junior Ranger. Just:

1. Download our Junior Park Ranger Activity Guide and complete all of the activities.

2. Show your completed guide to a Ranger at any of our volunteer events or environmental education events (below) to receive your badge.


Kids at a Parks Stewardship eventEnvironmental Education

Come learn about the natural environment in an 'outdoor classroom' at one of Olympia's parks, home to a wide variety of natural and cultural resources.

Backyard Campout - Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, $20 per person

Come join the yearly Backyard Campout at Priest Point Park! Learn basic camping skills, enjoy nature based activities and good food! All ages and skill levels are welcome. $20 per person, 2 and under are free. Register online or by calling 360.753.8380 for this fun event. Financial scholarships are available.

Junior Ranger Adventures - Saturday, July 22, $20 per child (ages 6-11)

Earn your Junior Park Ranger badge in one day! Come join the Park Rangers on this exciting adventure that will explore 3 different City of Olympia parks. $20 per person, 2 and under are free. Register or for more information go online or call 360.753.8380.

Meet Us at the Beach - FREE

Are you looking for a fund, engaging time at the beach? Beach Naturalists from South Sound Estuary Association will be on the beaches this summer during low tides. They welcome your interest and questions as well as share ideas about how to protect marine habitat. For more information visit sseacenter.org.

Priest Point Park (2600 East Bay Drive NE)

  • June 10th, noon-3pm
  • July 9th, 11am-2pm

West Bay Park (700 West Bay Drive NW)

  • June 11th, 1pm-4pm
  • July 8th, 11am to 2pm          

If you are an educator who is looking for an opportunity to take advantage of the "outdoor classroom" please contact Sylvana Niehuser at 360.753.8365 or sniehuse@ci.olympia.wa.us. With 40 different parks, trails and open spaces in Olympia, many located within walking distance to nearby schools, we can help you find the best park that fits your needs.

Local schools and the parks that are nearby:

  • Centennial Elementary and McKenny Elementary - LBA
  • Garfield Elementary - Woodruff, Garfield Nature Trail and Sunrise Park
  • Hansen Elementary - Grass Lake Nature Park, Cooper Crest Open Space and Burri Park
  • LP Brown Elementary - Burri Park
  • Lincoln Elementary - Stevens Field
  • Madison Elementary - Madison Scenic Park and Lions Park
  • McLane Elementary - Grass Lake Nature Park
  • Pioneer Elementary - Watershed and Trillium Park
  • Roosevelt Elementary - Mission Creek Nature Park
  • Jefferson Middle School - Grass Lake Nature Park, Sunrise Park and Yauger
  • Marshall Middle School - Grass Lake Nature Park, Cooper Crest Open Space and Burri Park
  • Reeves Middle School - Priest Point Park
  • Washington Middle School - LBA and Watershed Park
  • Avanti High School - Madison Scenic Park
  • Capital High School - Grass Lake Nature Park, Sunrise Park and Yauger
  • Olympia High School - Watershed and Trillium Park

For individual park information visit the Parks & Trails web page or call 360.753.8365 for assistance.


Questions?

Contact program supervisor, Sylvana Niehuser, at 360.753.8365 or sniehuse@ci.olympia.wa.us.