About Parks and Rec

Volunteers help keep Bend’s parks, trails and off leash areas beautiful and safe places for everyone to enjoy!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Park Greeters: Volunteers serve as greeters at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve and Shevlin Park, offering information about experiences that are available in the park, and encouraging visitors to review park signage and rules. Volunteers do not provide enforcement for permanent or temporary park rules.
  • Adopt-a-Park or Trail or Off-Leash Area: Groups, businesses, schools, families or individuals can adopt a park, off leash area or section of Bend’s urban trail system. Volunteers help care for their adopted space by visiting regularly all year – picking up litter, pulling invasive weeds and keeping an eye out for vandalism, weather damage and potential safety hazards. Volunteers make at least a one year commitment and complete a monthly volunteer activity report.
  • Group Park Projects: Opportunities may be available in spring and fall, depending on the weather and vary based on the size of the group and current District needs. Projects are typically 2-3 hours and may include activities such as raking, planting areas, spreading bark or playground chips, pulling invasive weeds and picking up litter. BPRD staff provides support for your group’s efforts and supplies any tools or materials needed for the project.

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