Why volunteer in your Olmsted Parks?
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 help us accomplish tasks that we could not without them. Volunteers allow us to do more with less!
We rely heavily on outside support for many tasks so we can be the best possible stewards for the parks that the citizens of Buffalo enjoy year round.
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy began as an all-volunteer organization 37 years ago called the “Friends of Olmsted.” It was a group mixed between gardeners and a handful of folks working in the office. 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 Olmsted Park system history. There is no part of our park that has not been improved or impacted by volunteers
There are so many different ways YOU can get involved!
A Park Steward is a neighbor, a park user or a business that watches out for the quality and condition of a local park.
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is looking for devoted community members to become captains for each of our Olmsted Parks, Parkways, and Circles. The volunteer steward works with BOPC staff to protect, maintain, and restore the natural integrity of their area. A volunteer steward will help coordinate and oversee the volunteer management and restoration of their local Olmsted Park. The steward also serves as a spokesperson and advocate for their park to the local community. If you live near one of our Olmsted Parks and want to be on the frontlines of making change, this is your chance!
If you are looking for a great way to give back and build camaraderie within your ranks, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy can help lead the charge! BOPC is always in need of volunteer groups to contribute to our many outdoor park projects. Corporate groups interested in giving back to Buffalo, school groups looking to serve the community, or individual organizations and clubs who want to help the Olmsted Parks in a fun way are always welcome to schedule events. Email Volunteer@bfloparks.org to schedule your event today!
Sometime we have a lot to chew on, our administrative staff at the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy needs your help with various types of office assistance. If you have knowledge of computers, filing or any other office related tasks; consider volunteering at the Parkside Lodge during the week. Email Volunteer@bfloparks.org for more info.
Do you love History? Do you love the City of Buffalo? Then we have the perfect position for you. Join others and become a Docent for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. This is a great opportunity for charismatic individuals who wish to support their parks and educate the citizens of Buffalo and elsewhere about the splendor and history of our Olmsted Parks. Docents will lead tours in each of our parks and help spread the message of all of the wonderful things that our great Olmsted Parks bring to the city. Email Volunteer@bfloparks.org for more details.
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. There is a need for volunteers to help spread the word about all of the good that the BOPC does for not only our parks, but also the entire city. Volunteers will assist staff by sitting with us and being our ‘booth buddies’ or passing out flyers to promote the parks, the organization, and our many events that take place in the wonderful Olmsted Parks. You can also do this on your own, every conversation you have about your Olmsted Parks can help make a difference. Email Volunteer@bfloparks.org for more info.
We are looking for volunteers to adopt a zone in one of our various parks. Requires consistent maintenance from a dedicated group or individual who have a ‘green thumb’ and are looking for a great outlet of outdoor creativity. The group would be responsible for a zone in the park and would have to dedicate at least one day a week to maintaining it. Locals who want a great way to help their parks maintain so much space should inquire by emailing Volunteer@bfloparks.org for more info.
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 #bFLOparks or coming to photograph one of the many events that take place in the parks. Email Volunteer@bfloparks.org for more info.
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