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VOLUNTEERS

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Thank You Volunteers!

Big thanks to all of you who work with us so tirelessly to help make our parks enjoyable for everyone – we couldn’t do it without you!

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with the Park District. Volunteers help maintain over thirty miles of island trails, remove noxious weeds and plant native species, help out at a variety of special events, provide sports coaching and summer camp assistants, and contribute in many other ways. Contact our office at 206-842-2306 ext 118 to talk about opportunities or send us an email at info@biparks.org.

Volunteer Application
Parent Authorization Form (needed for minors to participate in work parties and other projects or events)
Background Check Authorization Form

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – January 16, 2017

Volunteer Event at Blakely Harbor Park
10am – 1pm
Join the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District at Blakely Harbor Park, as we work to restore this beautiful space to a natural, native habitat. We will be removing English ivy, Spurge laurel, Himalayan blackberry and other invasive, non-native plant species. Tools will be provided, but feel free to bring those favorite clippers or gloves you have at home. What better way to spend this National Day of Service than volunteering in one of your favorite Island parks? Parking is available in a small lot off Country Club Rd or off Blakely Ave NE at the intersection of 3T Rd NE. Please meet at the meadow near the intersection of Blakely Ave NE and Country Club Rd. If you arrive late, just join the group! We thank you for helping keep our parks clean and healthy! Please email Emily Helgeson emilyh@biparks.org for more information.

Youth & Teen Camp Volunteers

WHO ARE Y&T CAMP VOLUNTEERS?

Camp volunteers are young people or adults with a special interest in assisting with a specific camp theme, age group, or site/facility.  Camp volunteers work with camp Directors and Counselors in planning, preparation, and leadership of specific activities or projects within a camp program.

 

 WHY ARE CAMP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED?

Camp volunteers are needed to assist and enhance the efforts of camp staff with the “finishing touches” and details of a camp theme, sometimes even including costuming. Camp volunteers can mentor desired camper behavior by setting a positive example, and taking part in many camp activities alongside participants. By utilizing volunteers in this way staff can better focus their efforts on the many logistical camp tasks and day-to-issues as they arise. Camp volunteers are utilized primarily during the summer camp season but may also have opportunities during school break and holiday camps throughout the year.

 

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF CAMP VOLUNTEERS?

There are basically 2 types of camp volunteers: Skill-based and Theme-based. Skill-based volunteers have specific skills to share with a camp such as first-aid, stars, beading, music, cooking, knots, or fire-building, or interest in working with a certain age group or at a specific place.  Theme-based volunteers have knowledge or interest in specific themes such as pirates, fairies, the beach, dinosaurs, or book-related camps, and may be called upon to have a costume or be a character/role during the camp week.

Student Opportunities

Are you a student looking for some community volunteer service hours?
Attend one of our Monthly Garden Volunteer Work Parties (see below)
Do you have a group of people that would like to make a difference in one of our parks?
Do you have a group of scouts looking for a Life Service project or an Eagle Scout project?
Is your school interested in a service project?

For more information about how you can help, please contact: Bre Ganné, Horticulture Manager, at bganne@biparks.org or 206.310.3797

Student Conservation Corps

 

Please email Emily Helgeson emilyh@biparks.org for more information.

Trail Stewards

WHO ARE TRAIL STEWARDS?

Trail Stewards are volunteers who report the conditions of trails to staff on a routine basis, at least twice per month.  Generally trail stewards are individuals who frequent a trail, or trails, managed by the Park District and are willing to agree to contact the Park District about issues that need attention on the trails.

 

WHY ARE TRAIL STEWARDS NEEDED?

Trail Stewards are needed to assist Park District staff with inspections of trails to decrease the time necessary to adequately inspect the over 30 miles of trails currently managed by the Park District.  Trail Stewards create the ability for staff to be informed of trail issues immediately and schedule needed maintenance, repairs, or correction of safety hazards in a timely, efficient manner.  By utilizing volunteers in this way staff can focus their efforts on prioritizing the many needed maintenance and repair issues on Park District trails.

To learn more or sign up contact Erik Sherwin.

Trail Steward Description
Trail Steward Agreement Form

Trail Work Parties
Join the Trails Advisory Committee once a month “On the Trail” repairing or building trails all over the Island. Groups, organizations, sports teams, churches and others are encouraged to adopt a monthly work party so if you want to help host a work party at your favorite trail during an upcoming month just contact the Park District. To find out where and when the next work party is contact Dan Hamlin at dan@biparks.org or 206-245-7385. Typically the work parties are held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm.
NEW Monthly Volunteer Gardening Events

Hannah’s Garden in Owen’s Playground 9am-11am
Every Wednesday FINISHED FOR THE SEASON – RESUMING FEBRUARY 15
Help maintain the beautiful, volunteer-planted garden in Owen’s Playground at Rotary Park

Red Pine Park 9am-12pm
3rd Tuesday of each month
FINISHED FOR THE SEASON – RESUMING FEBRUARY 14
Garden at one of our newest parks located on Parfitt Way. Tools will be provided or bring your own if you prefer.

For more information about how you can help, please contact:
Volunteer Specialist, Emily Helgeson at emilyh@biparks.org

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS

NEW Monthly Environmental Service Events

Join the Park District in its effort against invasive plant species. We are working to remove noxious non-native plants before they cause permanent damage to our island habitat. Come help us tackle the English ivy, Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry and more.

 3rd Saturday of each month 10am-1pm at TBD Location FINISHED FOR THE SEASON – RESUMING FEBRUARY 18

We welcome helpers of all ages and abilities.

For more information please contact:
Volunteer Specialist, Emily Helgeson at emilyh@biparks.org

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS

And Even More Opportunities!

Sports coaches and assistants: julie@biparks.org
Teen Center/opportunities for teens: shannon@biparks.org
Waterfront Park Community Center: sbarrington@biparks.org
Special Events: lorim@biparks.org
Community Service hours or Sports Fields: bganne@biparks.org