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Toolkit for Park Stewards and Adopters

News, forms and resources to help support you in your volunteer efforts.

Map of Adopt a Trail and Park Stewards

Volunteers are everywhere in Bellingham!  Look to see who else is volunteering near you.

Invasive Calendar

Check to see what plants you should be focusing on throughout the year.

Transient Camps

Please report transient camps immediately.

Environmental Stewardship Education Materials

Check out this list of resources to continue your education.

Information about Wetland Mitigation

Learn about how the City of Bellingham works to protect and improve wetlands.

Landscaping for Wildlife

Landscaping with native plants provides food and shelter for local songbirds and other wildlife, reduces the need for water and chemical pest control and increases the biodiversity of the urban environment.

Greenways Program

Confused about the Greenways Program?  Take a moment to learn about this wonderful program and why it is important.

Keeping Track of your Hours

Remember to keep track of your volunteer hours!  Report hours in January and July to the Parks Volunteer Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Why do I need a contract?

A:  Our contracts allow citizens to volunteer on City property.  Contracs also ensure that both volunteers and the City of Bellingham understand their duties.

Q:  How will Bellingham Parks & Recreation support me with my adopted area?

A:  Bags for litter and weeds will be provided by the Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program.  Once your bags are filled, you can call the Parks Department to arrange a pick up.  Annually, the Parks Volunteer Coordinator will review your work completed and help provide feedback.

Q:  Can I adopt the trail or park by my house?

A:  Yes.

Q:  What do I do with the weeds/litter I collect at my site?

A:  Call or email the Parks Volunteer Coordinator to arrange a pick up.  Typically, we can pick up weeds or litter within 2 business days.

Q:  When do I need to report my hours?

A:  Anytime.  Hours can be emailed, phoned, mailed or dropped off at the Park Operations Office.  We request hours twice a year, at the end of June and December.  Reminders are sent out in July and January.

Q:  How can I learn more about environmental stewardship, including plant identification?

A:  Check out our educational resources on environmental stewardship here.

Q:  I am interested in becoming a park steward or trail adopter.  Where am I needed the most?

A:  Check out our map which lists where current volunteers are working, or give us a call at 360-778-7105.

M 8/19/2015

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