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Whether you're a sports enthusiast who wants to pass on lessons of teamwork, a senior with time and talent to give, or a student looking for course credit, we have a volunteer opportunity to fit your lifestyle.

At Metro Parks, our mission is to create healthy opportunities to play, learn and grow. Moving our mission forward would not be possible without the countless hours of service volunteers give to our parks and programs and to the people who enjoy them.

  • Green Tacoma Day - October 11; 10 am-1 pm
    This is a free education and service event where you can work alongside park stewards to understand and restore our community's natural resources. Drop into one of the following park locations: Oak Tree Park, Titlow Park, McKinley park, Garfield Park, Franklin Park, Puget Creek, Tacoma Nature Center and Wright Park. Bring gloves and dress appropriately. Activities include clearing invasive species, applying mulch and pruning bushes. Contact Richard Madison (253) 202-5978 by October 7th if group of 4 or more. / More Info 
  • Harvest Festival - October 31; 6-9 pm
    Help STAR Center run carnival-types games, run a costume contest, host a dance and make cake pops in the kitchen. Minimum 18 years of age. / More info 
  • Holiday Cruise - December 6; 1 am-4 pm
    Start your holiday season off right by volunteering at the Specialized Recreation Holiday Cruise at Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock Street). Contact Heather Waddington (253) 404-3950 form more info or to sign up. / More info
  • Youth Soccer Coaches - August thru November / coaches packets available online - Soccer / league play begins early September / contact Roy Fletcher (253)305-1025 by June 30 / More Info
  • Protecting Tacoma's Natural Areas - May through December 2014 / work parties every 2nd Saturday at Franklin Park, Julia's Gulch, Wapato Hills & Puget Creek and every 3rd Saturday at Oak Tree Park & McKinley Park / contact Richard Madison (253) 202-5978 / More Info
  • Looking for an upcoming park work party? Visit the Green Tacoma Partnership event website for a current list of opportunities.






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2013 Volunteer Report

Did you know that nearly 6,000 volunteers provided 157,522 hours of service to the citizens in 2013 by coaching, re-enacting, preserving natural areas and helping to put on dance recitals, just to name a few?