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 (in English & Spanish) to get started.
NOTE: THPRD is dedicated to the health and well-being of all volunteers and program participants. THPRD requires volunteers serving in these positions to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or seek a medical or religious accommodation in lieu of vaccination. You will need to confirm your vaccination information during the application process. If you are unable or unwilling to do so, THPRD has a number of other volunteer opportunities available that don't require vaccination, including all one-day event opportunities and most outdoor volunteer positions not working with groups of people.
Design and make 300 - 500 blank journals that can be given away to youth at free events and programs.
Construct and install raised garden beds at a THPRD community garden. Available community garden sites available include Schiffler Park, Ridgewood Park, John Marty Park and Bethany Lake Park. Due to the increased demand for gardens during the growing season, installation must be scheduled between November 1, 2021 - March 1, 2022.
Design and make items that can be used for volunteer appreciation. Some items that scouts have previously made include mason bee houses and bookmarks.
Install two benches for patrons to use inside the Dog Run at Evelyn Schiffler Memorial Park.
Design and install frames to enhance the appearance and durability of the current tree placards at Griffith Park.
Repair and replace the split-rail fencing that surrounds John Marty Community Garden. Construct and replace gates for the three entrances to the site.
Construct and install youth picnic tables at the Fanno Farmhouse, Cedar Hills Rec Center, Garden Home Rec Center and/or Tualatin Hills Nature Center.
Make building blocks with a nature-based design that can be used in the preschool programs at the Tualatin Hills Nature Center. Scouts who want to go above and beyond can also create some construction competitions that can be used with the blocks.
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.