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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

Native planting near Mount Si
Native planting near Mt. Si

While the year is coming to an end; the need for help improving Wildlife and Salmon Habitat remains strong – Plant native trees & shrubs!
Come volunteer to do your part to help improve King County Parks’ stream corridors and forests. Spend a day planting native trees and shrubs along the Cedar River, Issaquah Creek, Snoqualmie River, Soos Creek and in Taylor Mountain Forest and Squak Mountain. Native trees and shrubs protect streams from erosion and harmful runoff, creating a cleaner stream and providing food and shelter for wildlife.

To join a planting event contact Tina Miller, Volunteer Coordinator at 206-296-2990 or e-mail

The planting crewDates and locations
Events are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Dec. 6th, Belmondo Reach Natural Area 
  • along the Cedar River, east of Renton
  • Dec. 6th, Soos Creek Park 
    in the Kent area
  • Dec. 13th, Taylor Mountain Forest
    near Hobart/Maple Valley
Trail crew

Backcountry Trail Work
Looking for gift ideas for the Holiday Season? Give back to the trails you love to hike!  Join King County Parks and Washington Trails Association this fall 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 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.

Dates and locations:

  • Nov. 25–29th - Taylor Mountain Forest between Issaquah & Maple Valley
  • Dec. 2 – 6th Taylor Mountain Forest
  • Dec. 9 – 13th Grand Ridge near Issaquah
  • Dec. 16 – 20th - Squak Mountain – southwest of Issaquah
  • Dec. 23–27th - Squak Mountain
  • Dec. 30–31st - Squak Mountain

Other Events

Marymoor monthly trail and meadow event:
Contact Laurie Clinton at 206-296-4452 or

  • First Saturday of every month
    Nov. 1st and Dec. 6th Marymoor Park at Bird Loop Trail – Work with Eastside Audubon to help out the birds and wildlife.

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.

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.

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.