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Volunteer with Metro's natural areas

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Metro has a variety of volunteer opportunities at parks and natural areas across the region.

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Group restoration projects

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.

volunteer restoration crew

By volunteering with Metro, your group can:

  • join with others to increase the livability of your community now and for future generations
  • get outdoors in a beautiful Metro natural area or park that may not be generally open to the public
  • enjoy a hands-on learning experience
  • gain the satisfaction of immediate, tangible results – trees protected from hungry beavers, a field full of new native plantings, established plantings freed from smothering English ivy, piles of scotch broom gone.

Metro provides tools, snacks, water and staff guidance to ensure a safe, enjoyable and productive day.

Become a natural areas site steward

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.

Natural areas data volunteer

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

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Protected by voters

Natural areas, parks and trails

Thanks to voters, Metro has preserved 12,000 acres of natural areas, protected 90 miles of rivers and streams, supported hundreds of community projects and opened three large nature parks. Learn more

Success stories

ESCO Corporation employees protecting trees
Protecting trees along the Multnomah Channel
Employees from ESCO Corporation helped place field fencing around ash trees at Metro's Multnomah Channel Natural Area in order to protect the trees from hungry beavers. The trees, many of which already showed evidence of beaver damage, provide important habitat, shelter and shade for a variety of native plants and animals. Protecting these trees is an important element of Metro's restoration plan for the site.

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