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

EARTH DAY in your Park! – April 22, 2017

Volunteer Event at Blakely Harbor Park

Join the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District and Weed Warriors at Blakely Harbor Park, as we work to restore this beautiful space to a natural, native habitat. We will be removing English ivy, 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 honor our planet on Earth Day than by volunteering alongside your neighbors 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. We will be meeting in the meadow near the intersection of Country Club Road and Blakely Ave NE. If you arrive late, just join the group! We thank you for helping keep our parks clean and healthy! Please email Emily Helgeson, at for more information.

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 are May, June and October.

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 Form

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 or 206.310.3797

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

April Work Party:
Saturday, April 22 from
Blakely Harbor Park

Celebrate Earth Day at Blakely Harbor Park! We will be meeting at 10:00am in the meadow off the intersection of Blakely Ave and Country Club Rd. Tools will be available, but feel free to bring your own as they are limited.


Saturday, June 3 is National Trails Day! Check back to see where and how you can celebrate Bainbridge Island trails with Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District!

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 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
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.

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


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. Third Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm.

April 22 10:00am-1:00pm at Blakely Harbor Park (Note: 4th Saturday in honor of Earth Day)
May 20 10:00am-1:00pm at Williams-Olson Park

We welcome helpers of all ages and abilities.

For more information please contact:
Volunteer Specialist, Emily Helgeson at


And Even More Opportunities!

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