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!

Park Greeters

Volunteers serve as hosts/greeters at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve and Shevlin Park, offering information about the experiences that are available in the park and reminding visitors about park rules. Volunteers do not provide enforcement.

Park Greeters cover a 2-hour shift each week. Shifts are available on weekdays and weekends. This opportunity is best suited for adult volunteers who are comfortable with being outdoors in a park setting in a variety of weather conditions. Volunteers need to be able to support a welcoming and inclusive experience for all park users

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 and potential safety concerns. 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 current needs. Projects are typically 2-3 hours and may involve activities such as raking,  spreading bark or playground chips, pulling invasive weeds and picking up litter. BPRD staff provides support and any supplies or materials needed for the project.

For more information about adopting a park or trail or scheduling a project for your group, contact:

Kim Johnson
Community Engagement Supervisor
Email Kim Johnson
A volunteer speaks with patrons at Riley Ranch Nature Preserve.
Volunteers doing some weeding and landscaping in a local park.