Local scouts contribute to the park district in a number of ways each year. You will find a variety of volunteer opportunities geared towards scouts below. If you are not finding what you need, contact Melissa Marcum at 503-619-3941.
Guy Miller Tree Plantings (All ages with parents)
THPRD works with the community to improve natural areas, gardens and trails throughout the district. Activities are focused on planting native trees and shrubs throughout district natural areas and removing invasive species, such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy. Planting season at THPRD starts each October and continues through mid-March. Check out upcoming opportunties and sign up a group or an individual today!
Environmental Education Events (Ages 14+)
Scouts can put their knowledge to good use by volunteering at a Nature Education Event. These events engage and entertain the public on topics including wildlife, bugs, seasonal changes, native versus non-native plants, and more. Annual events include:
Friends of Tualatin Hills Nature Park Native Plant Sales, in April & October
Scouts are welcome to volunteer for any number of community celebrations throughout the year, from summer concerts to holiday events at our recreation centers. These events are often free to the public, providing fun and exciting activities for the whole family. Check out and sign up for upcoming community celebrations today!
Park, Trail & Garden Adoption
If your scout group would like to get involved in a long-term stewardship project at a district park, trail or garden, this is the program for you! This program is adaptable to meet your needs, as well as those of the adoption site. Activities could include stream or litter clean-up, non-native vegetation removal, trail maintenance, native plant installation, wildlife surveys, and more. If you are interested in adopting a local park or natural area, apply here.
Eagle Scout & Gold, Silver or Bronze Award Projects
Check out the list of available projects below. If you are interested in completing your Eagle or Award project with THPRD, submit a volunteer application here to get started.
Find and preserve the scat of up to 15 mammals that call the Tualatin Valley home. The scout who takes on this project must do research on the best and safest methods to do this. Specimen will be used during THPRD's environmental education programs.
Restore a playground at one of our many parks. Activities could include cleaning, painting, waxing and replacement of playground structures, as well as mulching the area to bring it up to safety specifications. Sites currently in need of assistance include Fir Grove Park.
Build yard games that can be used at free public events. Examples of games include cornhole, giant jenga, giant scrabble, giant chess, giant checkers, yardzi, etc. Other game ideas are encouraged.
Build picnic tables for general public use at Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center.
Rebuild and paint picnic tables that are placed at parks through the district.
Design and build raised bed gardens and a compost bin at Harman Swim Center.
Develop strategies and perform outreach about water safety; help lead a water safety course with a THPRD instructor.
Design and make items that can be used for volutneer appreciation. Some items that scouts have previously made include mason bee houses and bookmarks.
Design, build and install a neighborhood library nook at a district park in the Waterhouse area.
Build and install compost bins at Mountain View Champions Park community garden.
Trail Improvement Projects (None Available at This Time)
Improve a local trail system at a district park. Activities could include grubbing ground cover, installing drainage, creating a defined trail, trimming vegetation along the trail and resurfacing with gravel.
Habitat Restoration Projects
In recent years, scouts have played an integral role in the restoration of urban natural areas throughout the park district. These projects require scouts to remove one or more invasive plants and plant designated areas with native trees and shrubs. The support provided by past and current scouts helps the district complete the initial steps in the restoration process. This assistance enables district staff to focus on the necessary maintenance of the area once the project has been completed. Sites are available throughout the district, upon request.