Help Oregon Parks Forever

Oregon Parks Forever is looking for volunteers to lend a hand with administrative and professional services such as: membership fulfillment, web design, graphic design, Adword management, geofencing, public relations, and marketing. If you are interested in volunteering your services, please email us at

We appreciate your interest in assisting with our mission and encourage you to sign up for email news below, or contact us for more information.

Help Mobility Challenged Guests

Volunteers are needed in parks in Southwestern Oregon (Tou Velle, Bullards Beach, Harris Beach, Collier and Joseph Stewart State Parks) to greet guests who have reserved electric all-terrain wheelchairs, to check the equipment out and in, and to show the guest how to operate the chairs.  If you are available, please contact our partner in Medford, David’s Chair.

Help Oregon State Parks

The Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers seven basic volunteer programs listed below. These are supported by two statewide volunteer coordinators in the Salem office. For current volunteer opportunities in our state parks, please visit OPRD’s volunteer page here or call 1-800-551-6949.

Join a SOLVE Beach Cleanup

Every spring, nonprofit partner SOLVE coordinates cleanups at Oregon Coast beaches which are under the responsibility of the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department.  Learn more by clicking here.

Help State Park Friends Groups

Friends groups also have opportunities for volunteers to help.  Here are a few examples:

Tryon Creek

The Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC) is a nonprofit organization housed in the Nature Center of Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a 650-acre green space in southwest Portland. Our mission, in partnership with Oregon State Parks, is to inspire and nurture relationships with nature in our unique urban forest. Since 1970, FOTC has provided environmental education programs for all ages through its many camps, events and workshops, and has lead restoration efforts resulting in 200 acres cleared of invasive species.  Click the links below to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Friends of Tryon Creek.

Silver Falls

The Nature Store at Silver Falls State Park is a wonderful volunteer opportunity if you like working in a lovely forest setting and meeting and introducing visitors from all over the world to Oregon’s largest state park. We ask our volunteers to come once a week for a four-hour shift. We set a monthly schedule because almost all of our volunteers are retired so we work around their trips and vacations. The volunteers are issued name tags and wear a vest to identify them as Friends volunteers. There is some training involved to learn information about the park in order to answer visitor questions and to operate the point of sale machine. We have several socials throughout the year, mainly an awards dinner in April, a barbecue at the end of the season, and a nice Christmas party where we decorate the Lodge for Christmas. If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, contact Elaine at 503-873-8735 or e-mail her at