WSU Whatcom County Extension

Stewardship is Where You Are

Park Patrol

The Big Picture

“Our long term prosperity depends on the faithful stewardship of the air that we breathe, the water that we drink, and the land that we sow. That’s a sacred trust.”
- Barack Obama, 2009

As a community member, it is important to understand the environmental and societal benefits that parks provide. Parks can preserve historical, cultural, and natural areas of significance for future generations, while also offering recreational opportunities for communities today. The following series of activities are meant to encourage stewardship through appreciation, observation, and outreach associated with parks within the community.

Explorer - Skill Level: One Engager - Skill Level: Two Citizen Scientist - Skill Level: Three


Creosote Survey

Activity: Community Outreach

Objective: Recognition of the benefits parks provide, and understand where community parks would benefit from volunteer outreach

Science Skills: Evaluate, State problem, Implement solutions

Life Skills: Leadership, Teamwork, Cooperation, Planning/Organizing, Wise Use of Resources, Community Service

Preparation Activities: Have a discussion with the youth about possible projects they’d be interested in participating in. You may allow them to break up into smaller group projects, or may prefer to do one large group project.

Ask your group the following questions: What type of outreach activity would best benefit our community? What parks in our community are being abused? Where are there invasive species?

Get in touch with a local volunteer group and set up a date to do a group volunteering activity. Below is a list of suggested contacts that regularly hold volunteering opportunities. It would be beneficial to expose the youth to a variety of volunteering opportunities from restoration, to litter pick up. Doing this as a group will give the youth a chance to make bonds with each other and allow for a universal follow up discussion, and a group memory of the experience.

What You Will Need: This will vary based on group projects.

Activity: Volunteer! After understanding the different types of parks throughout the community, and after participating in a variety of structured volunteering opportunities, it is time to allow the youth to give back in a way they find meaningful. Is there a lack of parks that provide recreational space in your community? Is there a resource that your community would like to protect or restore: a river, wetland, or forested area? Do the youth want to reach out younger students and teach them something unique about a park in the community? Whatever the project, help facilitate making it a reality.

Vocabulary: coordination, outreach, volunteerism, stewardship

Asking the Right Questions: What types of career opportunities are associated with Parks?



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U.S. Forest Service

Bureau of Land Management

National Park Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bureau of Reclamation

Federal Recreation Lands


It's All Connected

National Park Service Community Support

Washington State Park Stewardship

Rob Bunnett, Volunteer Coordinator
Whatcom County Park Facilities
Whatcom County Park Map

Connie Clement: Outreach Coordinator
Whatcom Land Trust

Lindsay Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Rea Edwards, City of Bellingham Parks Volunteer Coordinator
(360) 778-7105

Bellngham Park Facilities

Bellingham Parks Map

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