Thurston Conservation District offers regular family-friendly hands-on learning opportunities through volunteer events. Often focused on aspects of habitat restoration and natural resource stewardship, these events are great ways to learn by doing, meet other community members, and be a part of local conservation.

See below for current opportunities, information about annual volunteer events, and how to stay in touch.

Scatter Creek Restoration Volunteer Event

Tenino, WA – RSVP for Directions
Saturday, August 20th, 10 am – 12 pm
Join us for a restoration work party at a certified wildlife habitat property along Scatter Creek, a salmon-bearing stream and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) site. Volunteers are invited to help maintain an existing native planting by removing invasive weeds like teasel and tansy. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen!

You will receive a follow-up email with additional information and directions to the project site.

Orca Recovery Day

Saturday, October 15th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Squaxin Park (Formally Priest Point Park: 2600 East Bay Drive Northeast, Olympia, WA 98506)

Join Thurston Conservation District and City of Olympia at Squaxin Park (Formally Priest Point Park) for our annual Orca Recovery Day!

Volunteers are invited to be a part of the solution for our endangered Southern Resident orca whales. During this restoration event, we will work together to restore forested habitats to their intended state by removing non-indigenous vegetation and planting Pacific Northwest trees and shrubs. The day will also include a guided shore walk, refreshments, and a chance to learn about other organizations helping to better our orcas!

Being a part of Orca Recovery Day is an opportunity for you to make a difference for our endangered Southern Resident orca whales! To learn more visit our Orca Recovery Day webpage here.

Register Here!

Join our Teens in Thurston Volunteer Group!

Are you a teen or young adult interested in plants, wildlife, farming or growing food?

Thurston Conservation District invites you to join our Teens in Thurston volunteer program. Join our team and attend regular educational meetings and hands-on events where you can learn about and participate in:

  • Sustainability
  • Environmental education
  • Farming & gardening
  • Community service & team building

Annual Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Requirements

Interested in volunteering with the District? Please read the TCD Volunteer Wellness Protocol carefully.

All of our volunteer opportunities require a Liability/Photo Waiver form before participation. Hard copies will be available at all volunteer events, or you may submit the form below:

Questions about volunteering?


Kiana Sinner
Education & Outreach Specialist
360-754-3588, ext. 105

You can also use our contact form.