VOLUNTEER PROGRAM UPDATE 3/26/2020:
As public health recommendations continue to evolve, we are extending our volunteer program suspension through April 30, with the hope to resume event programming in May. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this date as needed. We look forward to seeing you at future events, happy and healthy.
The volunteer program will host at least one monthly work party throughout our park system. No experience is necessary at these enriching family-friendly events. We will provide snacks, tools, instruction and a good time. Locations will range from natural areas, to neighborhood and community parks, to community gardens. Each event will be unique, but you can expect to give back, get dirty, have fun, learn something new, and connect with awesome people. Check out our calendar to the right for upcoming events, and we will see you there!
Regular monthly and weekly work parties also take place seasonally in Hendricks Park (forest and Rhododendron garden), Owen Rose Garden and the Native Plant Nursery. Join these dedicated volunteers once, or come back week after week to lend a hand. See the calendar of events for details.
Monthly Events at a Glance
- Throw Some Shade on It, January 20
9 a.m. – noon, Westmoreland Park
Make a lifelong investment in water quality - plant a tree!
- cool the Channel, February 15
9 am – noon, Roosevelt Channel
Share your love of aquatic life in Febuary by lending a hand to plant trees along the Roosevelt Channel and Lark Park.
- Clean-up for Clean Water, March 14
9 a.m. – noon, Ferndale
Join your neighbors in helping the Ferndale bio-swale clean rainwater before it flows into the river.
- Arbor Week, April 11
9 a.m. – noon, Amazon Park
Just add water and trees, watch the community grow.
- Wetland Stewardship, May 30
9 a.m. – noon, West Eugene Wetlands
Protect Willamette Wet Prairie during American Wetlands Month!
- Trash Bash, June 13
9 a.m. – noon, Amazon Creek (west)
Treat trash collection like a scavenger hunt at the Trash Bash at Amazon Creek! Make your own T-shirt as a souvenir for your effort! RSVP required.
- Superhero Playground Spruce-up, July 25
10 a.m. – noon, Willakenzie Park
Lend a helping hand in the community by sprucing up the playground. We’ll be scrubbing, sanding, mulching and painting to get the park in tip top shape! Join us for face painting and summertime fun.
- Off with Their Heads, August 28
5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Owen Rose Garden
Spend the evening deadheading with other flower enthusiasts to promote summer blooms as part of the Last Friday Artwalk.
- Amigos do los Parques, September 19
9 a.m. – noon, Mangan Park
¡La invitamos a la comunidad Latina para involucrarse en sus parques locales! Ayude a mantener los parques para promover un espacio familiar y sano. // We invite you, the Latinx community, to get involved in your local parks! Help create a safe and fun environment for everyone.
- Great Willamette River Clean-up, October 3
TBD, Willamette River
Get dirty for good with clean water enthusiasts at this annual, river-wide day of action along the Willamette.
- Putting the Beds to Bed, November 14
9 a.m. – noon, Whiteaker Feed the gardens that help feed our community and join us for an end-of-year garden clean-up.
- Free the Forest, December 5
9 a.m. – noon, Hendricks Park
Help free the forest at Hendricks Park from the grasp of invasive English Ivy.
See the Calendar at the top of this page for event details and contact information.
What’s your volunteer super power?
Like to tinker? Repair, sharpen and tune-up the valuable fleet of hand tools and small equipment volunteers rely on.
Fascinated by science? Satisfy your inner ecologist and help collect important data to care and steward our parks and wildlife habitat.
Got a green thumb? Share your skills to enrich Eugene’s Community Gardens with educational workshops or keeping the common areas tidy and free of weeds. Or, join weekly seasonal work parties at Hendricks Park, Owen Rose Garden and the Native Plant Nursery.
Comfortable behind a camera? We are always looking for people to help showcase our beautiful parks and wonderful volunteers. This can be as simple as uploading a photo and tagging @EUGparks with #EUGoutdoors, or step in as the on-site photographer for one of our many volunteer events.
Soar like an Eagle? Eagle Scout projects are welcome in Eugene Parks. Let us help you flex those leadership muscles.
Dream of a career in public service? If you are a student, or a life-long learner, interested in internship opportunities with Parks and Open Space, please let us know.
Feeling independent? Keep it low-key by picking up trash and debris while your kids play, sweeping sidewalks, pulling invasive weeds along your hike, or meditating to the raking of leaves.
Adopt Your Park
Eugene Outdoors is grateful for the dedication of our existing Friends Groups who are committed to caring for their favorite park. Consider joining one of these fine groups, or band together with neighbors and create your own park adoption. Annual park adopters are asked to hold four work parties in the year and sign an adoption agreement. Park adopters collaborate closely with one of our talented coordinators- we are in this together!
BYOG: Bring Your Own Group
You’ve got the volunteers we’ve got the project. From businesses, schools, local clubs and faith organizations, we can match any size group with a volunteer project that makes an impact. Volunteering in the park system is a meaningful experience that connects your group with neighbors, causes and opportunities that make our community a more vibrant place to live. A group project can be anywhere from a few hours to a a few days and tailored to your group’s interests.