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

On the Trails

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.

 

Monthly Trail Work Parties

Where: Locations rotate across the island

When: 4th Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

What: Work with our trails staff to maintain more than 40 miles of trails across the island. Work may include pruning vegetation, maintaining trail surfaces, and managing invasive species.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Activity #550001

To learn more or sign up contact Volunteer Coordinator Sean Smith Sell at seans@biparks.org.

Trail Steward Agreement Form
Trail Steward Description

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In the Parks

CONSERVATION WORK PARTIES

Where: Locations rotate across the island
When: 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What:  Help care for our woods, meadows, beaches and open space. We’ll remove invasives species, plant natives when the weather’s right, and mulch, mulch, mulch!

REGISTER HERE, Activity #580001

GARDENING IN THE PARKS

Monthly garden work parties are back!

Hannah’s Garden Work Party

Where: Rotary Park (Owen’s Playground), 969 Weaver Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What:  Help care for Hannah’s Garden, a sensory garden full of pollinator species at Owen’s Playground. Spend time pruning, weeding, and picking the wildflowers! This is a particularly good work party for young children.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Activity #590001

Red Pine Park Work Party

Where: Red Pine Park, 418 Wood Ave SW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
When: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What: Maintain garden beds, an historic fruit orchard, edible perennials, and other historic plantings in this former homestead in the heart of downtown.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Activity #530001

VOLUNTEERING AT MORITANI PRESERVE

Come work alongside the Friends of Moritani Preserve Advisory Committee on the ecological restoration of this special park.

Moritani Preserve Work Party

Where: Moritani Preserve, 542 Winslow Way W, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
When: 3rd Thursday of the Month, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What:  Help care for the woods and meadows of Moritani Preserve, managing invasive species, maintaining garden beds, and planting native species when the weather is right.

REGISTER HERE, Activity #570001

For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Morgan Houk at morganhouk@biparks.org.

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Fay Bainbridge Park Camp Host

The Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District engages every year 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.

Please contact Tom Banman at tomb@biparks.org for more information.

Volunteer Application

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.

Contact Shannon Buxton, at shannon@biparks.org for more information.

Volunteer Application
Parent Authorization for Projects, Events & Activities

And Even More Opportunities!

Sports coaches and assistants: julie@biparks.org
Teen Center/opportunities for teens: bryan@biparks.org
Special Events: emily@biparks.org
Community Service hours or Sports Fields: seans@biparks.org