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Volunteer Opportunities

WSU Thurston County Extension has volunteer opportunities available to both youth and adults in its educational programs.

4-H Youth Development

Contact: 4-H office, (360) 867-2157
4-H provides a wide variety of projects and programs for youth ages 5-18.

Interested in starting a club or getting involved as a volunteer in our program?

Download and complete the Volunteer application, and contact the 4-H office to register for training.
4-H Volunteer Application
Fillable Reference form

Master Gardener & Master Recycler Composter

Contact: Cori Carlton, (360) 867-2162
The Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter programs offer community horticulture education through its question/answer clinics, workshops, demonstration gardens, and training programs. Master Gardener volunteers educate local residents to use environmentally sound gardening practices. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Provide support in the question/answer clinic
  • Staffing demonstration garden sites at the Olympia Farmers Market, Dirt Works, and Closed Loop Park
  • Present gardening and composting workshops

Native Plant Salvage Project (NPSP)

Contact: Erica Guttman, (360) 867-2164

Native Plant Salvage Project (NPSP) works to restore habitats and protect water resources through action projects and educational activities. Project volunteers recover plants from land scheduled for clearing and then replant them on demonstration/learning landscape and on restoration sites. NPSP volunteer opportunities include:

  • Salvage Native Plants
  • Establish Demonstration Gardens
  • Install Learning Landscapes at Schools
  • Maintain Plant Holding Beds
  • Instruct or Assist with Workshops