Eugene Outdoors 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
- January 15
10 am – 1 pm
MLK Day of Service. Pull ivy from trees to make room for native plants in the forest understory.
- February 17
10 am – 1 pm
Throw some shade on it! Plant trees to protect this urban waterway.
- March 10
Noon-3 p.m. at Milton Park
9 am – Noon at Ferndale Park
Lend a hand and learn how the Ferndale bio-swale cleans rainwater before it flows into the river.
- April 7
10 am – 1 pm at Alton Baker Park
Care for the trees in our urban forest on Oregon Arbor Day, and take part in the Tree City USA Award presentation with Mayor Vinis.
- May 5
9 am – Noon at West Eugene Wetlands
Protect Willamette Wet Prairie during American Wetlands Month.
- June 16
9 am – Noon at Amazon Creek
Adventure into Eugene’s urban waterway. Clean-up trash then make your own Trash Bash t-shirt to take home.
- July 13
10 am – Noon at Amazon Playground
Strap on your cape and be a Super Hero! Help scrub Amazon Playground, and enjoy face painting and musical fun.
- August 18
9 am – Noon at Golden Gardens Park
Wade or paddle into these lovely ponds to remove invasive aquatic weeds. Tour the turtle nesting area to see why your work matters.
- September 29
9 am – Noon at Ridgeline Ribbon Trail
Hit the trails on National Public Lands Day to help maintain Eugene’s only official National Recreation Trail.
- October 6
Time TBD at Willamette Riverbank
Get dirty for clean water at the 9th annual Great Willamette Clean Up. After-party with pizza and drinks.
- November 17
9 am – Noon at Bond Lane Park
Come together to celebrate National Family Volunteer Day by clearing out blackberry. Warm up with hot cocoa and cookies.
- December 1
10 am – 1 pm at Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park
Battle invasive plants along the riverfront, then show that ivy who’s boss by turning it into a festive holiday wreath.
See the Calendar at the top of this page for event details and contact information.
What’s your volunteer super power? Tell us what you’re good at and we will look for meaningful ways you can contribute. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk.
Good with people? Consider joining the Outreach Team and help staff information booths at community events and share your passion for parks. We will provide training, materials and key messages.
Have knowledge to share? Become a docent and help guide visitors through their park experience. Answer questions, give directions, share park history, and point out interesting landmarks and wildlife. Docents are required to complete training and submit to a background check.
Like to tinker? Repair, sharpen and tune-up the valuable fleet of hand tools and small equipment volunteers rely on.
Fascinated by citizen science? Satisfy your inner ecologist and help collect important data to care for and steward our parks and wildlife habitat. We have need for tree inventory, plant and animal counts, monitoring, and invasive species control test plots. We will provide you with guidance and the reporting tools necessary to complete your research.
Want to help on your own time? If you prefer to keep things low-key but want to make the most of your time enjoying parks, we can support you there too. You can help with things like picking up trash and debris while your kids play, sweeping walks, pulling invasive weeds along your hike, or meditating to the raking of leaves. We will provide you the resources you need.
Got a green thumb? If you’re an experienced master gardener who loves to teach, an event organizer with time on your hands, or you just love to weed eat – you’re in luck! Share your skills to enrich Eugene’s Community Gardens by helping put on educational workshops, or focus on keeping the grass down around the fences.