Support for Parks, Trails & Off Leash Areas
Volunteers help keep Bend’s parks, trails and off leash areas beautiful and safe places for everyone to enjoy!
Volunteers serve as greeters at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve and Shevlin Park, offering information about experiences that are available in the park, and encouraging visitors to review park signage and rules. Volunteers do not provide enforcement for permanent or temporary park rules.
Park Greeters receive support from park stewardship and natural resources staff and provide valuable feedback about park use, as well as any safety or operational concerns. Guidance is provided for personal and public safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Park Greeter shifts are 2 hours and are available on weekdays and weekends. These opportunities are available for adult volunteers who are comfortable with being outdoors in a park setting in a variety of weather conditions and who would enjoy interacting with visitors as a representative of the park district.
Application is required and a criminal history background check is processed prior to volunteering.
Adopt-a-Park or Trail or Off Leash Area
Groups, businesses, schools, families or individuals can adopt a park, off leash area or section of Bend’s urban trail system. Volunteers help care for their adopted space by visiting regularly all year – picking up litter, pulling invasive weeds and keeping an eye out for vandalism, weather damage and potential safety hazards. Volunteers make at least a one year commitment and complete a monthly volunteer activity report.
Current Adopt-a-Park and Trail volunteers: Click here to complete your monthly Adopt-a-Park/Trail Visit Report
Group Park Projects:
Your group can make a big impact by helping with a landscape maintenance project in a park.
Opportunities may be available in spring and fall, depending on the weather and vary based on the size of the group and current District needs. Projects are typically 2-3 hours and may include activities such as raking, planting areas, spreading bark or playground chips, pulling invasive weeds and picking up litter. BPRD staff provides support for your group’s efforts and supplies any tools or materials needed for the project.
For more information about adopting a park or trail or scheduling a project for your group, contact: