Volunteer › Volunteer with natural areas
Metro has a variety of volunteer opportunities at parks and natural areas across the region.
Open volunteer opportunities:
Is your service club, faith group, school or scout troop looking for a service project? Is your workplace planning a team-building day? Metro's 12,000-plus acres of natural areas and parks offer a variety of done-in-a-day and recurring restoration projects suitable for groups of all sizes and ages.
Most of Metro's natural areas and parks need active and ongoing restoration to enhance their habitat value for native plants and animals and to protect water quality. From building beaver fences around vulnerable trees to digging erosion control "water bars" on trails to planting native trees, volunteer groups play a key role in Metro's stewardship efforts.
By volunteering with Metro, your group can:
Metro provides tools, snacks, water and staff guidance to ensure a safe, enjoyable and productive day.
Are you passionate about nature, enjoy being active and have time to share? Consider volunteering for Metro’s site steward program and help care for one of our natural areas or cemeteries. You could also find yourself monitoring wildlife, tearing out invasive species or planting native plants. Site stewards should be comfortable leading volunteer groups and appreciate the outdoors.
Site stewards volunteer at least twice a month walking their site and reporting on what they see, averaging 10 hours every three months. Most site locations are not accessible via public transportation – access to personal transportation is required.
Learn more about our natural areas program and help us put information in our data system. Data volunteers may combine field monitoring and in office data entry for tracking restoration work within regional natural areas. Learn more