Volunteer Program

Parks are calling...Will you Answer?

Coronavirus Update for Camp Hosts

We are closing all campgrounds effective Monday, March 23, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

No campground hosts or other host assignments will be made during that period.

All currently assigned hosts have been notified that their assignments are ending, and Park Managers are working with them on departure plans.  

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Latest News for Agency and the COVID-19 situation

Here is the latest new release regarding State Parks and the COVID-19 situation. You can find all of our communications regarding Washington State Parks and the current situation in the newsroom.

Stay safe and healthy! 

CANCELLED -- Washington Coastal Cleanup

Washington State Parks is committed to ensuring our visitors and staff continue to have a safe and memorable outdoor experience. We are following the governor and public health officials’ guidance as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, our annual April coastal cleanup has been cancelled.

Beach Cleanup Volunteers

Applying To Become A Camp Host

Applications are still being accepted!

Washington State Parks is still accepting applications to become a camp host. Processing time may be longer than usual with the current COVID-19 situation. Many of our fingerprinting venues have temporarily closed in an attempt to help stop the spread of the virus. Due to this and the current COVID-19 situation, we will not be placing any hosts until the end of April. We will re-evaluate as the end of April approaches.

If you have already submitted an application, we ask for your patience. Thank you!

Do you love your Washington state parks?

Would you like to volunteer in a state park and play a role in keeping parks open, clean and green? We have many short- and long-term volunteer opportunities, such as:

  • Hosting
  • Interpreting natural and cultural resources
  • Maintaining trails
  • Making minor repairs
  • Mowing lawns
  • Organizing events
  • Performing office duties
  • Picking up litter
  • Recycling
  • Researching park histories
  • Restoring habitats and waterways
  • Spiffing up park grounds
  • Trimming and pruning trees and shrubs
  • And much, much more!

State Parks volunteers play a vital role in sustaining the treasures that are Washington state parks, providing more than 250,000 hours of service each year.

Anyone can be a Washington State Parks volunteer--individuals, couples and groups (families, school groups, citizen groups, service organizations and corporations).Join us!

Volunteering has its rewards: earn a Discover Pass!

Hours spent on certain volunteer projects can qualify volunteers for a complimentary Discover Pass. Learn more.


Volunteer opportunities

If you or your group are interested in volunteering at your favorite park, we would love to have you! Just contact the park that you want to make a difference at and see what volunteer opportunities are available for you. We love our volunteers!

Friends of Schafer-Lake Sylvia Clearing Trails