The Dirt: Calendar of hands-on volunteer opportunities
King County and partners will plant 1 million trees by 2020 across King County in both urban and rural areas. It will take a lot of hard work – and a lot of outdoor fun. One way you can get involved is to volunteer.
- Water and Land Resources Division
- Parks and Recreation Division
- Department of Natural Resources and Parks
News and announcements
Apr. 21, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
How our world would turn to chaos without dedicated volunteers
Building healthy forests = a great start to 2018!
We're doing our part in King County's effort to plant 1 Million Trees by 2020 to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for impact of climate change, one of the actions outlined the 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan.
Join in and help us reach this goal while also restoring habitat for fish and wildlife and enhancing recreation opportunities for all of us.
Calendar of events
Events are on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted*
To join an event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event.
Tokul Bypass (Snoqualmie)
We recently acquired the Tokul Bypass site to help make a connection along the Preston–Snoqualmie Trail. We will be planting trees along the pond to start transitioning the site back to forest. This event is in partnership with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.
Contact Tina Miller.
Big Finn Hill Park (Kirkland)
Make it a day by volunteering to build the health of an area of forest formerly filled Himalayan blackberry. We will be planting trees and shrubs to add diversity and ecological value. This event is in partnership with United Way of King County and is a great site for families.
Backcountry trail work parties with WTA
Note: These events require hiking to more remote work sites. Events are limited to 20 people, with typically 6-12 volunteers.
Work parties happen Tuesdays - Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
January 16-20 Grand Ridge Park (Issaquah)
January 23-27 Grand Ridge Park (Issaquah)
January 30 – Feb 3 Cougar - Squak Corridor Park (Issaquah)
To register, sign up on Washington Trail Association's website. or by calling 206-965-8561.
*Please note that these events require hiking to the work site and are limited to 20 people (typically involve 6-12 volunteers).
Restoration work parties every Saturday through March 31
Other volunteer opportunities
- Weed Watchers
Adopt a trail or lake you're familiar with and report noxious weeds you see when you're out and about.
Miller and Walker Creeks volunteer calendar
Plant native trees and shrubs, pull invasive, non-native plants and clean up litter at these Puget Sound creeks.
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.
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.
Ring in the new year by planting trees and volunteering with King County Parks!
Join King County Parks and help improve some of the awesome parks, trails and natural areas within the 28,000 acres of Your Big Backyard! Check out the calendar below for upcoming volunteer events over the next five weeks.
See what it's like to spend a day outside with the King County Parks Volunteer Program!
Check out our volunteer program video to see us in action!