Metro Parks Tacoma

Agency Partners

CHIP-in! Volunteers From REI


Agency partners are specific partnerships developed with agencies in the greater Tacoma area to work together to keep people of all ages involved in opportunities to learn, grow, protect, enhance, and give back to their communities. Metro Parks Tacoma provides opportunities to work with our maintenance staff to learn new job skills, to receive special training on how to protect your neighborhoods and parks, to participate in habitat restoration, and to teach youth positive leadership qualities. 

In a growing effort to provide even more opportunities for people to get involved in their community, Chip-In is looking for additional agency partners to partner with. To find out more about how your agency can partner with Chip-In, contact


Boy Scouts Logo  Boy Scouts of America
Metro Parks provides volunteer opportunities for Boy (Cub) and Girl (Brownie) Scout Troops to complete their community service and rank advancement requirements. In addition, we work with Eagle Scouts who are trying to achieve their Eagle Scout rank by providing projects that meet such requirements. For information about the Boy or Girl Scouts of America, please visit their website at or,
 Green Tacoma Partnership Logo Green Tacoma Partnership
The Green Tacoma Partnership is a public-private partnership between the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks, Tahoma Audubon Society, Cascade Land Conservancy, citizens, educational organizations, neighborhood groups, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and businesses all working together to sustain a viable healthy network of natural spaces throughout Tacoma.  Check out their website at
REI is more than great gear. Through volunteerism, giving, responsible business practices and more, we connect people to the outdoors and help protect the natural places we love.  Check them out at their website
 Safe Streets Logo Safe Streets
Provides opportunities for community groups to join, or develop their own neighborhood, or park patrols. Cooperative partnership with Safe Streets, Tacoma Police Department, Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma. For more information, please visit their website at
 Tacoma Community House Logo Tacoma Community House
We partner with the Tacoma Community House to offer opportunities for their youth participants who want to explore higher education opportunities and prepare for future careers in horticulture and/or landscape management. For more information about Tacoma Community House, please visit their website at
 Goodwill Industries Logo Tacoma Goodwill, STEPS Program
Is a significant partner in the summer STEPS program, empowering youths to give back to their community while learning valuable on the job skills, while learning how they can make a difference. Metro Parks earned the 2003 Goodwill Large Employer of the Year award for our participation in this program. For more information about the Tacoma Goodwill, please visit their website at  "Having our youth involved in the CHIP-in! program gives them an opportunity to give back to their community, which generates ownership and pride. Given this opportunity to succeed, our youth identify themselves as leaders who can make a difference." - STEPS Program Coordinator, Goodwill Industries
 Tacoma Public Schools Logo Tacoma School District, Community Service
This program provides opportunities for Tacoma's high school students to complete their culminating projects within the park system, as well as any other community outreach efforts by key clubs, booster clubs, etc. For more information the Tacoma School District, please visit their website at
 Tacoma Public Schools Logo Tacoma School District, Diversified/Transitional Education
This program is a cooperative effort between the TSD and Metro Parks to provide students an opportunity to discover professional and vocational interests through on the job training. Metro Parks becomes the learning environment with the instructors being professionals in the industry. Our greenhouse has been a key partner since the mid 1980s. For more information about the Tacoma School District, please visit their website at