Where can I volunteer to fight invasive weeds?
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
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 Map and Calendar - forest restoration volunteers remove invasive plants, plant new native trees and understory plants, and do long term maintenance and monitoring of restoration sites.
King Conservation District - native plant nursery, restoration and stewardship projects, and more!
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?
King County Environmental Grants and Awards. List of environmental grants and awards available from King County.
King County Community Engagement Grants. The purpose of the Community Engagement Grants is to fund community projects that offer unincorporated area residents in the Community Service Areas an opportunity to participate and be more connected in their communities.
Aquatic Weeds Financial Assistance Program, administered by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Grant projects must address prevention and/or control of freshwater, invasive, non-native aquatic plants. The types of activities funded include: Planning, education, monitoring, implementation, pilot/demonstration projects, surveillance and mapping projects. Cities, counties, state agencies, tribes, and special purpose districts (does not include lake management districts) are eligible to receive grants. Lakes groups and other private organizations must work in conjunction with their local governments to receive funding for projects.
King Conservation District Grant Program. The King Conservation District awards grants for projects that directly improve the condition of natural resources, provide education and outreach to increase awareness, build capacity to enhance implementation of natural resource improvement projects and implement pilot or demonstration projects.
City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund. For more information: 206-684-0464.
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