Throughout the year there are various events put on by Billings Parks and Recreation that require volunteer. They range from fundraisers for the Community Garden to large scale cleanup events like Refresh the Rims put on every fall. This is a great opportunity for individuals and groups to be a part of helping the community. Some of the major events are listed below:
Arbor Day is a Day for celebrating trees. In Nebraska in 1872 J Sterling Morton proposed the idea of a day to plant trees, “Arbor Day”. On that day prizes were offered for the county that could plant the most trees properly. One Million trees were said to have been planted on that first Arbor Day. By 1882 States all across the country were celebrating Arbor Day. Join The Parks and Recreation Department for our Annual Arbor Day Celebration at North Park! Our Parks are home to over 10,000 trees! We understand the importance and many benefits that trees provide to our park users and community as a whole. From providing shade to storm water management, urban temperature regulation to increasing property values, trees have a larger impact on our everyday lives than we often recognize.
This year, we will be holding two Arbor Day Celebrations. Our Spring Arbor Day is scheduled for May 12th and will consist of Tree Planting, volunteer projects, and park beautification projects.
Our Fall Arbor Day celebration will be held on September 23rd and consist of Educational Booths for SD2 fourth graders, the official Arbor Day Ceremony, and planting of the Arbor Day Tree.
The eighth annual Refresh the Rims will be held on October 17th, 2020. Come join Billings Parks and Recreation, Montana State University-Billings Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program and community members in an effort to improve one of our defining landmarks. The event begins at 9:30a with teams of volunteers fanning out throughout Swords Rimrock Park to clean up litter and debris form the park! Cleanup will conclude on or before 11:30a. To get involved, sign up for one of the event cleanup locations. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt. This year, due to COVID-19, pre-registration is required. Volunteers will meet group leaders at the site locations to begin the cleanup. To view the available cleanup locations, or to sign up, click the link below.
Volunteers from Skyview Key Club helping with the first annual Refresh the Rims
Photo Courtesy of the Montana State University-Billings Outdoor Adventure Leadership Department