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Park Steward Training: Spring 2021

Are you passionate about your Olmsted Parks and looking for a way to give back?

BECOME A PARK STEWARD!

Olmsted Parks Conservancy Park Stewards serve as official ambassadors and play an integral role in helping our organization enhance, restore and protect our 17 Olmsted Parks and 6 Parkways. With duties ranging from helping to remove invasive plants in designated park areas, leading volunteer groups, or managing a booth at community events, there’s an opportunity for every interest and skillset. On average, our Park Stewards volunteer four hours monthly.

Through our Park Steward training program, you’ll attend a series of virtual lectures and hikes to learn more about Park History, Horticultural Techniques, Plant Identification, and Woodlands Management, all while meeting amazing new people and getting the opportunity to exercise ownership over these greenspaces you care about.

TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL PARK STEWARD OF OLMSTED PARKS CONSERVANCY, VOLUNTEERS MUST:

  1. Enroll in the Park Steward training program and pay the one-time $50 fee*
  2. Attend four virtual lectures (details below)
  3. Attend at least one interpretive hike / in-park training session
  4. Volunteer for 12 hours

Spring 2021 Program Begins February 23

Spring 2021 Park Steward training will be held on Zoom on Tuesday evenings starting February 23rd from 6:00 – 7:30pm. For a one-time $50 fee, you’ll be enrolled in the program to become a Park Steward and receive access to the following training lectures:

Questions on the program can be directed to Matt Spalding, Volunteer and Education Program Manager at matt.spalding@olmstedparks.org.

*This fee can be waived for those who have been recently financially impacted. Please contact Matt Spalding at matt.spalding@olmstedparks.org to inquire about a free Park Steward Scholarship.

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Olmsted believed all people would meet and mingle in parks, thus overcoming the barriers of class and wealth.

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