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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

Happy volunteer potting bare root plants at KC Parks Nursery
Happy volunteer potting bare root plants at KC Parks Nursery

Improve wildlife habitat – help trees & shrubs!  Help pot native trees & shrubs at the Green House!
Please help make a difference this spring by working to restore King County Parks’ natural areas.  Spend a day helping native trees and shrubs along Soos Creek  or Cavanaugh Pond along the Cedar River, or come help pot bare-root plants at the Nursery to prepare for future restoration projects.

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

Dates, times and locations
  • March 22nd, 10:00am – 2:00pm
    King County Nursery near Maple Valley
  • March 29th, 10:00am – 2:00pm
    King County Nursery near Maple Valley
  • April 5th, 9:00am – 1:00pm
    Soos Creek Park -  help newly planted native trees and shrubs survive! Come help mulch & weed.
WTA volunteers at Soaring Eagle Park building trail re-route
WTA volunteers at Soaring Eagle Park building trail re-route

Backcountry Trail Work
Give back to the trails you love to hike!  Join King County Parks and Washington Trails Association this spring building and repairing 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 2:30 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:

  • March 25 to 29  – Taylor Mountain Forest, near Maple Valley

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

  • April 5th  Marymoor Park at Bird Loop Trail – Work with Eastside Audubon to help out the birds and wildlife.

Special Earth Day events:
More details to come.  Please contact Laurie Clinton at 206-296-4452 if interested.

  • Cedar Creek Park – help improve trails at this wonderful place of trails and trees at Maple Valley
    April 26.
  • Klahanie Park – on Sammamish Plateau, help remove invasives from this lovely neighborhood park.
    April 26.

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.

Salmon counts and habitat restoration

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