Why volunteer in your Olmsted Parks?

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy began as an all-volunteer organization in 1978 called the “Buffalo Friends of Olmsted Parks.” Every garden, every pathway, every building, every open lawn, every tree, and every waters edge has been touched by a volunteer at some point in the Buffalo Olmsted Park System history.

  • Volunteers are central to keeping our parks operating at the highest possible standard.
  • Volunteers ensure that we can deliver the cleanest, safest, and most beautiful parks to the city.
  • Volunteers allow us to do more with less!

Volunteer Opportunities

UB Student Volunteer Group_Japanese Garden in Delaware Park_Mar 23, 2017

Community Volunteer Days – Summer 2022

Sign up to volunteer individual or with a group at these upcoming community volunteer days! The scheduled dates are:

  • Days Park Community Planting, Saturday, June 4 at 10am (meeting in Days Park). Sign up here!
  • Delaware Park Community Planting, Tuesday, June 14 at 3pm (meeting in front of juicery near triangle bed, Meadow Road Entrance). Sign up here!
  • MLK Park Community Cleanup (to help prepare for Juneteenth), Wednesday, June 15 at 3pm (meeting at MLK plaza near monument). Sign up here!
Sign up for Days Park Volunteer Day 6/4/22
Sign up for Delaware Park Volunteer Day 6/14/22
Sign up for MLK Jr. Park Volunteer Day 6/15/22
Volunteer at Delaware Park

Recurring Individual Volunteer (Outdoors)

The Recurring Individual Volunteer program provides an opportunity for dedicated individuals to help out in Buffalo’s historic park system on a regular basis. All you need is a bit of gardening experience and a green-thumb!

Volunteer work will focus on cleaning up and preparing our parks for the summer season. To ensure the health and safety of volunteers and staff, all volunteers are to:

  • Work independently
  • Follow all CDC social distancing guidelines
  • Bring their own gardening tools and recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Tools required will be project-specific, but generally include a leaf rake, hard rake, garden trowel and spade shovel.
Apply here
Upward Bound Program @ Riverside Park_July 15_1

Small Volunteer Groups

*Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, group sizes are limited and all groups are to follow CDC guidelines.*

If you are looking for a great way to give back to you community with a group of co-workers, classmates, or friends, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy can help lead the charge! BOPC is continuously in need of volunteer groups to contribute to our many outdoor park projects. Volunteer groups from schools, local clubs, and various organizations make up the majority of the work accomplished by our dedicated community volunteers.

Corporate volunteer

Corporate Volunteer Groups

*Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, group sizes are limited and all groups are to follow CDC guidelines.*

A perfect opportunity for corporate groups to engage in team-building and promote volunteerism and environmental stewardship. Your team will be at the forefront of the continued revival of the City of Good Neighbors.

Bark in the Park 2018

Community Outreach Volunteer

Throughout the year there are many opportunities to get the word out about our organization and what we do through tabling events and our cities many festivals. Volunteers will assist staff by providing assistance at community events such Bark in the Park and outdoor family movie nights.

SIS 2016 Volunteers

Special Events Volunteer

We’re looking for event volunteers who have that extra kick of personality when it comes to special events such as the Spring into Summer Fundraising Luncheon. There are no shy squirrels in our Olmsted Park System! If you enjoy greeting guests at a registration table with a smile or like setting up and cleaning up for an event, we’d love to hear from you.

Media volunteer

Media Volunteer

We are always searching for individuals to help document our beautiful parks through photographs, videos and other various media designs. This can be as simple as uploading a picture and tagging us in it @bFLOParks and using #bFLOParks or coming to photograph one of the many events that take place in the parks.

Would you like to receive updates on Volunteer Opportunities?

If you have issues with this form, please contact community outreach manager, Zach Garland at [email protected].

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