Why Volunteer with the Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program?
- Gain new skills
- Meet new people
- Become better acquainted with your local parks
- Learn about environmental restoration
- Get to know native and invasive plants
- Help local wildlife
- Increase the biodiversity of our ecosystem
- Earn community service hours
- Make our parks a better place for everyone!
- Have fun!!
Ways to Volunteer:
Work Parties are a great way to learn more about Bellingham Parks and environmental stewardship. The Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program hosts drop-in Work Parties throughout the year and provides tools, gloves, and direction. All you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and we will help you get started on improving the ecosystem!
All ages are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to have a completed Adult/Youth liability release form for each work party (located under Resources; copies are also provided at Work Parties).
See our upcoming drop-in Saturday Work Party schedule.
Become a Park Steward
Do you have a favorite park or section of trail? Are you concerned about dog waste in parks? Park Stewards are long term volunteers who adopt certain parks, trails, or dog waste stations. Stewards perform duties such as litter pickup, cleanup after storms, invasive species removal, stocking dog waste stations with bags, reporting maintenance issues, and more. Stewards set their own hours and work with the support of the Bellingham Parks staff. See our Park Steward section for more information.
Interested in organizing your own work party and/or volunteering as a group? Group volunteering is a great way to build teamwork while positively impacting the community. Organizations, clubs, religious groups, businesses, and teachers seeking opportunities for their students are encouraged to reach out to us. The Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program can organize a private community-led work party or your group can join a drop-in Saturday work party. Tools, gloves, and direction are provided. Please call to notify us what work party your group plans to attend or to schedule your own. See a list of upcoming drop-in
Saturday Work Parties.
Volunteering for a Class
If you are a student looking to complete your volunteer hours for service learning or as part of a class requirement, please attend one of our
Saturday Work Parties. Parks Volunteer Program staff will be happy to sign any paperwork for you after the work party.
Court-Mandated Community Service
If you need to fulfill your hours for court mandated community service, you can volunteer with Bellingham Parks! Saturday Work Parties are a great way to fulfill hours; please see
our schedule for upcoming drop-in opportunities. Parks Volunteer Program staff will sign any necessary paperwork after the work party. Those under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult to their first work party and have a signed liability release form.
School Stewardship Programs
We work with schools throughout Bellingham to engage students in stewardship of our local parks. Most classes work at parks within walking distance of their school. Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about the environmental education service learning opportunities available through our School Stewardship Programs.