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Volunteer this Saturday, January 21 at Walker Preserve

Join your Miller-Walker Basin Steward and your neighbors to restore the forest to improve the health of Miller and Walker Creeks! No experience is necessary, and gloves, refreshments, tools and training are provided.
We need at least 8 volunteers to sign up for this event, or it will be cancelled. Please sign up now!

When:  Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon, Jan 21, 2017
Where: Walker Preserve Park, SW. 168th St. and 2nd Ave. SW. in Normandy Park, up the road from Normandy Park City Hall. Parking options include 3 spaces in the small lot at SW 171st St. and Second Ave. S.W, or on the street along SW 168th St. From the gate behind the Walker Preserve sign, walk down the trail towards the creek.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please plan ahead - this park does not have a restroom.
What:  We will remove invasive weeds, pulling English ivy by hand to make room for native plants.
What to bring:

  • Rain gear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy shoes.
  • Filled water bottle and gloves if you have them.

Sign up: email or call Elissa Ostergaard at elissa.ostergaard@kingcounty.gov  206-477-4792 to sign up or ask questions. Please sign up by Friday, January 20 at noon so we don't have to cancel!

Bookmark the Miller-Walker volunteer calendar page to check back for updates!
Mark your calendar for these upcoming volunteer work parties at Walker Preserve:  March 4, April 1 and May 27, 2017

More outdoor volunteer events

Come volunteer to help improve King County's stream corridors and urban forests by planting native trees and shrubs to improve the area for wildlife and water quality.

Events are on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted*

To join a planting event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed with each event.

  • January 21
    Pinnacle Peak Park (Enumclaw)
    We will be replanting a pasture into a forest around the new parking lot at Pinnacle Peak Park. Healthy forests and trees store carbon and contribute to clean air and water, healthy habitat for salmon and other wildlife, and more livable communities. One Million Trees is part of King County’s ambitious plan to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. Come join us to plant trees!
    Contact Tina Miller.
  • January 21, 10 a.m. to Noon*
    Skyway Park (Renton)
    Join King County Parks staff and community members as we work together to improve the health and beauty of Skyway Park. We will be moving woodchip mulch around young plantings that were installed by volunteers at the end of last year. We will also tour the park and talk about the importance of this great park – the headwaters of Taylor Creek.
    Contact Lina Rose.
  • January 28
    Tolt-MacDonald Park (Carnation)
    A Gift That Grows program (external link) - a sustainable way to celebrate Christmas with a living tree in your home. Through the program, the living trees are returned back to Swansons Nursery and then donated to King County Parks where they will find a new home at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation for a habitat restoration project. 
    Contact Tina Miller.
  • January 28
    Renton Park (Renton)
    On this day, REI hopes to inspire as many people as possible to get outside by going ALL OUT for Trees with King County Parks! (external link) We are hosting an environmental service event in collaboration with this promotion. We will be planting native trees and shrubs in Renton Park, a beautiful greenbelt in the Fairwood area of Renton.
    Contact Lina Rose.
  • February 4
    Marymoor Park (Redmond)
    Eastside Audubon Society's monthly work party on the Marymoor Birdloop Trail.
    Contact Laurie Clinton.
  • February 4
    Preston Mills Site (Preston)
    Come join the local Preston Community as we install plants in the entrance way to the park at the old Mill Site. Watch this area become a welcoming park to walk and spend time in.
    Contact Tina Miller.
River in winter light

Backcountry trail work

Give back to those trails you love! Join King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association this fall and winter to rebuild 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. Please note that this event requires hiking to the site; event is limited to 20 people and typically would be 6-12 volunteers in size.

Events are Tuesdays - Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • January 10-14
    Cedar Downs Site (Maple Valley)
  • January 17-21
    Cedar Downs Site (Maple Valley)
  • January 24-28
    Grand Ridge Water Tower Loop (Issaquah)
  • January 30-February 4
    Grand Ridge Water Tower Loop (Issaquah)

Other volunteer opportunities

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.

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

  • Miller and Walker Creeks Stewardship 
  • Help restore these creeks in SW King County, pick up litter and pull noxious weeds.
  • Volunteer for Salmon!
  • Green River habitat restoration - students needed! Learn about restoring habitat while planting trees and shrubs. Groups of volunteers are needed for restoring habitat along the Green River. Weekdays preferred. 4th grade and up. Please contact John Koon.

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.