No experience is necessary at these enriching family-friendly events. We will provide 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.
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.
New Love Your Parks Solo Cleanups
Eugene’s parks have seen record usage over the past year and unfortunately an increase in litter followed. Many park-goers have reached out asking how they can help so we are launching a new way for volunteers to get involved – Love Your Parks Solo Cleanups.
The magic of the solo cleanup or rallying your own quaranteam cleanup is that it is super easy to do and can happen whenever you want. All you need is some gloves, a trash bag and a trash grabber.
Kick-off at the Amazon Creek
The first Love Your Park Cleanup will be focused on the Amazon Creek with an official kick-off at our annual Trash Bash cleanup event on June 12. We invite volunteers to continue solo and quaranteam cleanups through June 30.
Eugene’s Amazon Creek needs your help with litter cleanup as it flows through our community. This important urban waterway can be inundated at times with garbage that is harmful to habitat and water quality. Volunteers are needed throughout the Amazon Creek corridor to remove this debris and improve the conditions for all flora and fauna along the way.
Volunteers can borrow a free cleanup kit with disposable gloves, trash bags and a trash grabber. Cleanup kits will be available for pickup at the Trash Bash event.
Email Kelsey Irvine to sign up to participate in Love Your Parks: Amazon Creek and reserve your cleanup Kit if you would like one.
Spread the word! Invite your friends and family to join you for a trip to the creek together.
How to Participate
- Make sure that you have all the tools: gloves, trash bags, and a trash-grabber (optional). Cleanup kits are available to borrow. Pick one up at the June 12 Trash Bash event.
- Head to the Amazon Creek and clean up as much trash as you can carry in your trash bag.
- Please dispose of the garbage you collect into your personal trash bin or leave it at one of the park garbage cans for later removal.
- Wash your hands thoroughly. If you have hand sanitizer, use it!
- Remember to post “before and after” photos of your accomplishments on social media and include the name of your park! Use #loveEUGparks and tag @eugparks.