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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

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

Fay Bainbridge Park Camp Host

The Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District is looking for a Volunteer Camp Host for the beautiful Fay Bainbridge Park on Bainbridge Island, Washington. It is just a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle.

The campsite has breathtaking views of Seattle and the mountains. Several types of wildlife and a large variety of birds including eagles and osprey can be spotted at Fay Bainbridge Park. This is a great opportunity to spend time in a wonderful location and meet fellow travelers.

Camp host duties vary but generally include providing visitor information, selling wood for campfires, reinforcing camp rules with the public and general housekeeping of bathrooms and picnic shelters. Most hosts work approximately 10-20 hours a week and, in exchange for those services, the hosts are provided with a campsite during their stay that has power, septic and water.

Volunteer Camp Host must pass a background check. Available months in 2018 are April-November.

Please contact for more information.

Volunteer Application

Youth & Teen 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.



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.



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.

Contact Shannon Buxton, at for more information.

Volunteer Application
Parent Authorization for Projects, Events & Activities

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: Emily Helgeson, Volunteer Coordinator at or 206-488-8592.

Student Conservation Corps


Please email Emily Helgeson for more information.

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.



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

NEXT WORK PARTY: Saturday, January 6 from 10:00am-1:00pm at IslandWood Trail.

To receive monthly locations and project information please contact Emily Helgeson at

Join the Trails Advisory Committee once a month as we build, repair, and maintain trails. Groups, organizations, sports teams, and others are encouraged to adopt a monthly work party. If you want to help host a work party at your favorite trail during an upcoming month contact Dan Hamlin at or 206-245-7385.

Monthly Volunteer Gardening Events
Monthly garden work parties will resume mid-March. Check back soon for updates!

Hannah’s Garden in Owen’s Playground 9am-11am
Every Wednesday
Help maintain the beautiful, volunteer-planted garden in Owen’s Playground at Rotary Park.

Red Pine Park 9am-12pm
2nd Tuesday of each month

Garden at one of our newest parks located on Parfitt Way. Tools will be provided or bring your own if you prefer.

Waypoint Park 2-4pm
3rd Tuesday of each month
The garden at Waypoint Park is one of the first sites for visitors to Bainbridge Island. Help us maintain its beauty as a symbol for the rest of our island.

For more information about how you can help, please contact:
Volunteer Specialist, Emily Helgeson at


Monthly Environmental Service Events

MLK Jr Day of Service

January 15, 2018    10:00am-12:00pm
Blakely Harbor Park

Please join Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, IslandWood, Weed Warriors, and Seattle Children’s Hospital on this Day of Service in giving back to our public spaces.

We will be working together to restore beautiful Blakely Harbor Park.This project has been an on-going multi-year effort and thanks to the help of volunteers and community support we have made significant progress. On MLK Jr day, work will focus on the removal of English Ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and other invasive plant species in “Phase 2” of Blakely Harbor and along the meadow (Country Club Road).

We welcome helpers of all ages and abilities.

For more information please contact:
Volunteer Coordinator Emily Helgeson at


And Even More Opportunities!

Sports coaches and assistants:
Teen Center/opportunities for teens:
Special Events:
Community Service hours or Sports