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The Chattanooga Park Stewards Volunteer Program's mission is to significantly improve the environmental and aesthetic quality of our parks and greenways by organizing and promoting volunteerism and stewardship.

Volunteers are a valuable asset to the Parks Division - providing time, talent, and resources to help ensure the health of the park system. The Park Volunteers program also provides an opportunity to educate park visitors and citizens on the importance of stewardship of our parks. Park stewardship is key to guaranteeing that our parks, trails, and greenways will remain safe and clean and be enjoyed for years to come.

Example volunteer tasks include: 

  • Picking up litter, limbs, and debris.
  • Light landscaping, such as pulling weeds and adding mulch.
  • Cleaning and painting benches, picnic tables, and signs.
  • Removing vegetation on walking paths.
  • Reporting maintenance needs. 

Causeway at Stringers Ridge

Volunteer Work Days 

Rain Garden Guardians

Do you want to learn more about rain gardens, gardening with native plants, supporting urban wildlife, stormwater pollution, green infrastructure design, plant i.d., or exotic invasive management? Are you interested in low impact exercise, more time outside, earning volunteer hours, picking up a new skill, or meeting people with similar interests? Come visit us on a Rain Garden Guardian Day for an educational tour or to volunteer! Drop by at one of these locations between 9am and 3pm on the dates below:

Rain Guardians SM Small

Participant expectations: Come prepared to learn and ask questions, and if working get dirty, and be in the sun. We recommend long, loose fitting pants with a belt (great for hanging hand tools on), closed toe shoes, gardening gloves, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, and a nutritious snack. Bringing your own hand tools and gloves is recommended, but we have some to share.

Work may include: Hand weeding, plant i.d., digging, mulching, pruning large or woody plants, uprooting exotic invasive plants, raking debris, standing, squatting, kneeling, lifting, etc.

For more info, visit our event page on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunities

Chattanooga Parks volunteers assist with the upkeep of our parks through a variety of opportunities, from litter pick up to invasive species removal. Find one to suit your interests and skills!

Park Stewards
Assist with light maintenance activities and observe and report park condition.

Trail Stewards
Assist with light maintenance activities and observe and report trail conditions along our greenways, Stringers Ridge trails, or the TN Riverwalk.

Urban Eco Stewards
Assist with the upkeep and improvement of the environmental assets of the Chattanooga Parks system, such as rain gardens and natural areas

Lead Stewards
Support the Parks Outreach Coordinator by assisting with volunteer event days, outreach at community events, and park user customer service. Lead Stewards will need to first complete a year in the Park Steward, Trail Steward, or Eco Steward capacity and commit to 40 hrs per year.

Interested in one of these opportunities? Fill out the application form here:

 


Individual Application

   Individual Application Form 

 

      pen and paper         Group/Organization Application Form

  

Once your form is reviewed, you will be contacted regarding an orientation session. 

2019 Orientation Schedule:

Contact: Anna Mathis at amathis@chattanooga.gov


Volunteer Stats

See our current Park Stewards locations on this map:

 


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