Volunteer with Portland Parks & Recreation

Volunteers at Columbia Park Nature Patch
We offer a variety of fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at sites across the city! Volunteer coaches, teacher aides, and mentors are always needed in our youth programs - and the parks, gardens, and natural areas welcome extra hands.
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Volunteer at a Nature Patch

Meet one of your city's expert horticulture staff for a fun-filled gardening event at a nature patch near you.

Sign up for an upcoming stewardship event

Get involved with Urban Forestry

Urban Forestry hosts community events and workshops on a wide variety of tree topics.

Get Involved with Urban Forestry | Portland.gov

Natural Areas Volunteer Stewardship 

Portland Parks & Recreation's Natural Area Stewardship program works with volunteers of all ages to help enhance and restore Portland Parks natural areas, to provide habitat to wildlife and insects, and provide safe trails to park visitors.

Natural Areas Volunteer Stewardship | Portland.gov

Appreciating our volunteer advisory board members

Community volunteer advisory bodies are central to PP&R accountability, transparency, and implementation. They are a powerful tool for community volunteers and PP&R staff liaisons to collaborate on projects and provide valuable insights on our diverse community needs and interests. In the past few months, PP&R has welcomed new members to key Bureau-wide advisory bodes. By volunteering their time and expertise, these new members are now among a community of dedicated Portlanders who generously contribute to making a difference in the lives of their fellow residents and play a vital role in supporting PP&R’s mission.

Parks Levy Oversight Committee
The Parks Levy Oversight Committee (PLOC) is composed of five members who review Parks Local Option Levy program implementation, advise on transparency and communication strategies, and counsel on an independent audit process. More information can be found at portland.gov/parks/ploc.

Portland Parks Board
The Portland Parks Board advocates for parks on a city and regional basis to ensure that parks, natural areas, open spaces, and recreation facilities are advanced in planning and design. The Parks Board provides a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park issues, bringing a citywide and long-term perspective to neighborhood-based issues. Additional details are available at portland.gov/parks/portland-parks-board.

Portland Parks Replacement Bond Oversight Committee
The Parks Replacement Bond Oversight Committee reviews the performance of the PP&R staff as they deliver the projects as part of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond. The committee specifically focuses on the Bond delivery around three main goals – transparency, fiscal accountability, and adherence to the bond language. To read more, visit portland.gov/parks/bond-oversight-committee.

PP&R Volunteer Impact Report

During the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year, dedicated PP&R volunteers contributed 446,502 hours of service. This is a value of  $5,701,830 invested back into our parks, community centers, and programs.