The town offers a variety of ways you can get involved in your community through the Parks and Open Space department. Help us keep our parks and trails clean, and monitor the health of our public trees.
The Park Ambassador program invites residents, families, community and corporate groups to monitor and care for our neighbourhood parks and trails. In addition to promoting the use of Oakville's vast trail system and encouraging an active outdoor lifestyle, this important volunteer initiative helps to keep Oakville's open spaces clean and well cared for. Adoptions are encouraged for a minimum two year commitment and involve keeping the space litter-free with the help of free gloves and clean-up bags provided by the town. As well as controlling litter pollution, ambassadors are encouraged to report to the town any safety concerns or instances of illegal dumping, vandalism, or graffiti. Students looking for volunteer hours can also apply!
To learn more about the program visit the Park Ambassador page.
Adopt your neighbourhood urban forest by participating in the Forest Health Ambassador Program. In consultation with BioForest Technologies, this volunteer-based program supports education initiatives regarding tree identification and detection of invasive species tree symptoms. Monitor the municipal trees on streets surrounding your home or workplace and help the town with its initiatives to control and maintain a healthy urban forest.
For more information, visit the Forest Health Ambassador page.
The Town of Oakville’s Adopt-a-Road program has been established as a public service program for participants to pick up litter along certain municipal road rights-of-way. It is a way for citizens to make a personal contribution to a cleaner environment. Under the program, groups or individuals agree to adopt a section of road right-of-way and keep it clean. In addition to a cleaner environment, the participant(s) are recognized by a sign erected by the town acknowledging their efforts.
If you are looking to get out of the house, earn volunteer hours, or just exercise your green thumb, the Oakville Greenhouse accepts volunteers in the Spring and Summer months. Volunteers assist the house staff in planting seedlings, repotting plants, and maintaining a lush and beautiful place for residents to visit year round. Weekday volunteers are encouraged.
For other types of volunteer opportunities with the town, please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.