About the Park
Hendricks Park is Eugene's oldest city park. Its 80 acres includes a world-renowned rhododendron garden, a native plant garden and a Douglas fir forest - all in the heart of Eugene’s university district. The park is a haven for hikers, gardeners, birders, and others who enjoy retreating to the tranquility of nature without leaving the city. The active Friends of Hendricks Park provide stewardship for the park through education, restoration and community support. Visit their website to learn more about park history and how to get involved or see the opportunities below.
Something for everyone
Volunteers support every aspect of Hendricks Park from the Rhododendron Garden to the Native Plant Garden to the Forest. If you love this park as much as we do or are just looking for a place to dig in (literally), we’ve got a way to turn your skills into valuable support for this treasured park.
Current Hendricks Park volunteer schedule: See the calendar of events for details.
Grow a Gardener
Tuesdays in the Rhododendron Garden, 9am-12pm
Grow Native and Wild
First Thursdays in the Native Plant Garden, times vary by season
Free the Forest
Select Saturdays in the Forest, 9am-12pm
RSVP’s are encouraged but not required for these regular events.
Not afraid of commitment? Maybe a bed or trail adoption is for you. An adoption requires a personal commitment through the seasons but allow you to volunteer on your own schedule and work more independently. Some experience required, but we’re willing to train.
Need an internship for school? Thinking about switching careers and want to get training on the ground? We offer internships year-round.
Still looking for other ways to get involved? Interested in community science or leading a tour? Want to bring your school or faith group, co-workers or friends for a day of volunteerism? Have ideas of your own? Let us know!
Contact Hendricks Park Volunteer Coordinator Christina Bentrup for more information.
Learn how to manage roses or flex your already fine-tuned skills. Join monthly volunteer work parties on the second Thursday of each month to help manage, beautify, and care for this diverse garden. Come get hands-on experience in rose culture with guidance on pruning techniques, planting methods, fertilizer needs, and general rose care. E-mail Vanessa Young for more information.