Volunteers are essential to helping keep Louisville’s Olmsted Parks beautiful. Whether one day a week or several times a year, individuals and groups can join the effort to restore and enhance our Olmsted-designed parks and parkways.

“I love volunteering for Olmsted Parks Conservancy because I always learn something new and I like how we work together as a team to beautify our parks.”
—Sabra Crockett, Volunteer

You can help restore woodlands, keep trees and waterways healthy, and bring new life to playgrounds and recreational areas in the Olmsted Parks. We provide gloves, tools and guidance. Participants just need to dress for the weather and getting dirty! Complete the Volunteer Form.

Park Steward

Are you passionate about your Olmsted Parks and looking for a way to give back more as a Volunteer? Become a Park Steward!

Join past and present Park Stewards and Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff on October 1 for a free informational session and open house on the Park Steward training program to learn more.

Junior Park Steward

This is a year-round program for high school students to learn about urban ecology, gain service hours and make a positive impact in Louisville’s Olmsted Parks. To start, register for a volunteer event and then pick up a punch card from the on-site Volunteer Leader to track your hours. Many Junior Park Stewards use this certification for college or job applications upon completion of 24 hours of service.

Community Engagement Internship

As a Community Engagement Intern, you’ll help facilitate engaging activities for children during community outreach and special events in our Olmsted Parks. This is a year-round program designed for high school students. Duties include event set-up and break-down, puppet making, face painting, weaving, leading and supervising recreational yard games.  Click here for more details. To apply, email your cover letter (including a detailed description of your availability and any conflicts you may have, and information on your talents and interests) and resume to Sarah Wolff.

Special Event Volunteer

You can provide assistance at Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s special events and ensure that everyone in attendance enjoys their experience. We host concerts, fundraisers, neighborhood gatherings and more. Duties may include setting up and tearing down sites or stage elements, greeting attendees, traffic control and crowd flow management.

Adopt a Park

Your neighborhood, school or business group can adopt all or part of your favorite Olmsted Park! Through this program, your group commits to volunteering a minimum of four times annually. Common tasks include beautification, planting and maintenance. The Conservancy will work with you to outline necessary park projects.

Thanks to our current park adoption partners:

We look forward to welcoming you as a volunteer. For questions about volunteer opportunities or to schedule a project, please contact Matt Spalding, Education and Volunteer Program Manager, at matt.spalding@olmstedparks.org.

“If man is not to live by bread alone, what is better worth doing well than the planting of trees?”

Frederick Law Olmsted
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Totaling 1200 acres, the parks were designed to offer a complete range of park experiences as defined by Olmsted, from civic gatherings and social interactions to organized athletics and personal recreation.

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