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The Dirt: volunteer opportunities

Hands-on volunteer opportunities from Natural Resources and Parks

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Environmental volunteering opportunities in King County, Washington

The Dirt: calendar of hands-on volunteer opportunities

Three Forks Natural Area volunteer native tree and shrub planting event
Three Forks Natural Area volunteer native tree & shrub planting event

Happy New Year and a huge Thank You to our volunteers – our thanks is as endless as the rain drops and as abundant!

ReLeaf Our Parks – Winter 2015

Join us on Saturdays this winter to plant native trees and shrubs along the Snoqualmie River, or in our forests: Taylor Mountain, Soaring Eagle, and Squak Mountain.

King County Parks wants to improve our lands for fish and wildlife.  You can make a difference by spending a day planting trees!  These native trees and shrubs will enhance the natural stream corridor and forests to improve habitat for wildlife.  Native plants provide sites for birds to nest and feed.  Their roots help hold the banks in place.

Contact Tina Miller, Volunteer Coordinator at 206-296-2990 or e-mail tina.miller@kingcounty.gov to register and to get directions.

Two Rivers School students planting & caring for native trees
Two Rivers School students planting & caring for native trees

Dates and locations
Events are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • January 19th, Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Squak Mountain
    southwest of Issaquah
  • January 24th, Squak Mountain 
    southwest of Issaquah
  • January 31st, Three Forks Natural Area
    near North Bend, along the Snoqualmie River below Mt. Si
  • February 7th, Taylor Mountain Forest
    near Hobart/Maple Valley
  • February 14th, Taylor Mountain Forest
    near Hobart/Maple Valley
  • February 28th, Squak Mountain
    southwest of Issaquah
  • February 28th, Upper Bear Creek Natural Area
    near Woodinville
  • March 7th, Soaring Eagle Park
    near Sammamish
  • March 14th, Soaring Eagle Park
    near Sammamish
  • March 21st, Squak Mountain
    southwest of Issaquah
  • March 28th, Squak Mountain
    southwest of Issaquah

Washington Trail Association (WTA) members celebrating another year of trail building and maintenance.
Washington Trail Association (WTA) members celebrating another year of trail building and maintenance.  They don’t just walk the trail – they maintain and build them! 

Backcountry Trail Work
Give back to the trails you love to hike! Volunteer at a King County Park. Join King County Parks and Washington Trails Association to help build and repair backcountry trails. Learn to retread a trail, build a turnpike or solve drainage problems.

To register contact Washington Trails Association (WTA) at www.wta.org or call 206-965-8561.

Volunteer Events are held Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and require hiking to the site. Events are limited to 20 people and typically are 6 to 12 volunteers in size.

Margaret’s Way trail – new trail constructed by WTA
Margaret’s Way trail – new trail constructed by WTA

Dates and locations:

  • Jan. 13 – 17th - Taylor Mountain Forest – near Hobart/Maple Valley
  • Jan. 20 – 24th - Taylor Mountain Forest – near Hobart/Maple Valley
  • Jan. 27 –31st - Grand Ridgenear Issaquah
  • Feb. 3rd – 7th - Grand Ridge – near Issaquah
  • Feb. 10th – 14th - Grand Ridge – near Issaquah
  • Feb. 17 – 21st - Grand Ridge – near Issaquah
  • Feb. 24 – 28th - Grand Ridge – near Issaquah
  • March 3rd – 7th - O'Grady-Green River Natural Areaeast of Auburn
  • March 10 – 14th - O'Grady-Green River Natural Area – east of Auburn

Other Events

"No Angry Birds here!" Marymoor monthly BirdLoop trail and meadow event
Work with Eastside Audubon to help out – amazing efforts to provide excellent bird and wildlife habitat with a trail for all to enjoy.

First Saturday of every month –please come and help!
Coming up on February 7th, March 7th, April 4th
Marymoor Park at Bird Loop Trail 9 A.M. – NOON
Contact Laurie Clinton at 206-296-4452 or  laurie.clinton@kingcounty.gov

Native plant holding facility
Groups are needed to care for salvaged native trees and shrubs at our holding facility near Sammamish. To schedule a group work party, please contact Cindy Young.

Adopt-a-Park or Trail & Park Ambassador Programs
These programs provide opportunities for groups or individuals to help maintain King County's 180 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 130 miles of backcountry trails.  For more information please contact Laurie Clinton, volunteer program manager.

Salmon counts and habitat restoration

Volunteer Lake Stewardship Program
Get outside to help monitor water quality at select lakes in King County.

Be a Weed Watcher
Sign up to adopt a trail or lake , keep an eye out and enter weed survey data and locations.

Master Recycler Composter Program
Sign up for free training to learn about waste reduction, recycling, solid waste impacts on climate change and public outreach, and help other citizens reduce waste.

For more information about volunteering in King County, please contact Laurie Clinton, Volunteer Coordinator, King County Parks and Recreation Division.