Where can I volunteer to fight invasive weeds?
Event: Nature Consortium’s Earth Month and special Earth Day Volunteer event April 20th
When: The whole month of April, special event April 20th
Where: West Duwamish Greenbelt
Time: Work parties are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays 10-2pm
Join Nature Consortium for a month of community volunteering in Seattle's largest forest. Volunteer during Earth Month to help restore important habitat, fight pollution, and meet new friends. With events three times a week, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Businesses, students, and corporate groups are especially encouraged to join us during Earth Week, April 16th and 18th We are offering live music and arts activities for groups of 10 or more. Volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, warm layers, and a water bottle, we will provide all the tools, gloves, refreshments, and trainings. The volunteer with the most hours at the end of the month will win cool prizes!
On April 20th join Nature Consortium and Earthcorps for a day of community volunteering as part of the Duwamish Alive service event. Nature Consortium will have live music, live painters, arts activities, and fun for all ages. Learn more and get involved today at www.naturec.org.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
King County Weed Watchers - contact Sasha Shaw at 206-263-6468 for more information.
King County Parks and Natural Lands – Contact: Tina Miller, 206-296-2990, email@example.com. Check out The Dirt for upcoming hands-on volunteer events.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust – Contact the volunteer program at 206-812-0122, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed - volunteer schedule for salmon restoration projects.
Miller/Walker Creek Volunteer Events - schedule for stewardship work parties to help protect Miller and Walker Creeks in Burien, Normandy Park and SeaTac.
EarthCorps - volunteer opportunities for individuals and/or groups to work on trails, remove invasive plants, and plant native species. Lots of great opportunities for completing Service Learning hours for school credit.
Green Seattle Partnership - Work Party Calendar - forest restoration volunteers remove invasive plants, plant new native trees and understory plants, and do long term maintenance and monitoring of restoration sites.
Nature Consortium/ Urban Forest Restoration/ West Duwamish Greenbelt - Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round several times per week in the West Duwamish Greenbelt located in West Seattle. During the fall and winter they remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in Seattle’s largest remaining forest. Other seasons are devoted to maintenance and monitoring. To fulfill their mission to connect people, arts, and nature, performing artists–such as singers and instrumentalists–play in the woods during many of the work parties. Nature Consortium's Urban Forest Restoration Project is committed to the long-term stewardship and restoration of the West Duwamish Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is the largest remaining contiguous forest within Seattle city limits, consisting of 182 acres in park land and another 300 acres in privately owned land.
Other Cities – contact your local parks department or utilities to see if they have work parties or volunteer events. If they don’t, offer to volunteer in your neighborhood and gather neighbors for a work party.
Where do I get money for projects?
Stewardship Funding Sources. Great website listing a wide range of government and private funding sources for this area (scroll down to Resources).
King County Grants Exchange (scroll down to Water and Land Resources Grants). Contact Ken Pritchard at 206-296-8265, email@example.com.
Washington State Department of Ecology, Aquatic Weeds Financial Assistance Program. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund. For more information: 206-684-0464.
City of Seattle Aquatic Habitat Matching Grant.
City of Seattle Watershed Grants. For more information, contact Anthony Matlock, Seattle Public Utilities, Community Project Manager, at 206-386-9746, or email@example.com.
Volunteer photos - click thumbnail for larger image
Program offices are located at 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. To contact a staff member at the King County Noxious Weed Control Program, please call 206-296-0290 or by reach them by email.