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Photo of local youth removing ivy from a park
Photo of local youth doing habitat plantings at a park

 

Volunteer Opportunities
Youth and Special Projects

Our local parks, trails and open spaces are great places for high school students to volunteer!  You’ll get to spend time outdoors, have fun with your friends and help beautify our public spaces. We have a variety of opportunities, and can accommodate groups and individuals. We welcome those interested in one-time volunteer activities or on-going Adopt-A-Park programs. Every month, we will host two large-scale group projects on Saturdays (more information). Join us once, twice, or all year long!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Remove litter to improve park aesthetics, cleanliness, and wildlife habitat value
  • Clean park signs, playground equipment, and picnic tables and rake playground chips
  • Remove invasive species such as English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and scotch broom
  • Maintain trails by raking surfaces and removing debris and vegetation
  • Rake and remove leaves and other debris from parks
  • Take photos at volunteer events for use on web pages, newsletters, brochures, and other publications
  • Other opportunities as they develop (e.g., planting, event assistance)

Important information

  • All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a signed consent form to participate in any activity.
  • All volunteers are required to wear closed toe shoes and long pants to volunteer events. Remember to dress for the weather!
  • The volunteer coordinators will keep track of your hours and sign off on any forms confirming completion of service hours.

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The City of Vancouver and Clark County Parks have teamed up to hold an after school volunteer program at parks and other sites throughout Clark County for youth ages 14-19. Work parties are planned most Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the fall in September, October and November and in the spring in February, March, April and May. All events and registration forms will be posted on our calendar of events. This is a great way to meet new people and complete community service requirements.

Eagle Scout Projects

We enjoy collaborating with local scouts as they work towards their Eagle Scout Award. We have many projects available at our parks, trails, and green spaces that would be good options for scouts looking for a project. We are also happy to consider other projects that scouts come up with on their own to see if we could accommodate their request. 

Once the scout decides on a project, we ask that he complete the approved Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal and send it to us for approval. If the project is approved, the scout can move forward with implementing his project.  The scout will act as the leader through the whole project and be responsible for obtaining materials and supplies, collecting paperwork (minor consent forms and liability release forms), and seeing the project through to completion. 

Click here to see a list of potential projects available at our parks, trails, and green spaces throughout Clark County!  If you are interested in any of these projects let us know and we will give you more information about them.  Please contact the volunteer coordinators to get started!

High School Service Hours/Culminating Project

We encourage high school students working towards their community service hours to volunteer at our parks to earn those hours.  There are a couple of different options for high school students:

  • Attend our weekend work parties.  Click here for a schedule of events. Our work parties are typically 3-4 hours long, and are a great way to quickly complete your required hours. 
  • Gather a group of friends, check out our parks and trail volunteer opportunities, and give us a call!  Please be prepared to talk to us about your interests, which parks (or general area) you are interested in, and when you would like to volunteer. 

 

 
 
Clark County Parks | 4700 NE 78th Street | Vancouver, WA 98665 | 360-397-2285 ext. 1627