DNR's Volunteer Program
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DNR's Volunteer Program 
Volunteers repair trails in Capitol Forest at the 4th annual Great Gravel Pack In. Photo by Randy Warnock, DNR. 

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DNR offers many opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved. The following are just a few examples of what DNR volunteers do:

  • Remove invasive weeds in DNR's natural areas
  • Clean up beaches
  • Monitor streams
  • Repair trails
  • Install bridges
  • Guide school classes
  • Promote safety through participation in forest watch programs 

As Washington state faces unprecedented economic challenges, DNR must rely more on volunteers to help protect our natural resources, promote safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences, and maintain our recreation facilities and trails.

Where does DNR need volunteers now?
DNR's Recreation and Natural Areas programs are always looking for groups or individuals to volunteer across the state. Find out what volunteer events and work parties are taking place on DNR-managed lands, view our VOLUNTEER CALENDAR.

Who can be a volunteer?
DNR volunteers come in all ages and from all walks of life, including:

  • Candidates for the Master Hunter certificate 
  • Neighbors
  • Recreation user groups 
  • School groups (K-12)
  • Senior citizens
  • Service organizations
  • Students fulfilling requirements for community service credit
  • Youth groups
 

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 Contacts

Kirk Thomas
Field Operations Coordinator
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1645
kirk.thomas@dnr.wa.gov

Report Suspicious Activity (non-911 Emergency):
Call the nearest DNR Region office Mon-Fri
1-855-883-8368
forestwatch@dnr.wa.gov

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