Make a Difference

Parks volunteer

Volunteers 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.

Work Parties

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.

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Priest Point Park – Wednesday, March 21 – 9:30am-12:00pm

English ivy–it isn’t poisonous, but it sure can be deadly to native vegetation. We will be removing this invasive species from around our trail system at Priest Point Park. Meet at the trailhead of the Mission Creek Estuary Trail, located just south of the playground. The park address is 2600 East Bay Drive NE. Plenty of parking available.

Yauger Park – Saturday, March 24 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Spring trail maintenance has begun! This work party will focus on spreading wood chips along the walking trail in Yauger Park. No experience necessary! 🙂 Park in the main parking lot, located at 530 Alta St. SW. We will meet on the paved trail near the horseshoe pits.

Yashiro Japanese Garden – Wednesday, March 28 – 9:30am-12:00pm

The snow has melted and the leaves have fallen. Join us as we rake and weed this beautiful downtown park! The park is located at 1010 Plum St. SE. Meet at the side entrance to the park. Parking is available at the Lee Creighton Justice Center, 900 Plum St. SE.