The Dirt: Calendar of hands-on volunteer opportunities
- 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
Summer fun – litter to pick up, invasive weeds to remove, native plants to nurture AND a VIDEO to shoot!
Come volunteer to help improve King County's natural areas, parks and urban forests. Spend some time removing invasive weeds to help newly planted and established native trees and shrubs survive and thrive. Native trees and shrubs improve the area for wildlife and water quality; and the healthier they are, the better for all!
A very special one-time event is happening on July 15 where we will be shooting a video on ‘Volunteering in King County Parks’. Please come volunteer at the event and be a part of the video! (Info on event and who to contact in schedule below).
To join an event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event.
For any questions about the King County Parks Volunteer Program or to inquire about a custom volunteer event for your group, please contact Volunteer Program Manager, Laurie Clinton or via phone at, 206-477-6113.
Events are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted*
Three Forks Natural Area (Snoqualmie) and Video Production!
Come volunteer at this great park along the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River below Mt. Si. Event will include weeding and mulching. King County Parks is also completing a video on the Volunteer Program at this event and we need lots of volunteers to participate. We will have a raffle for those helping with the video. (Prizes include a pair of tickets to the Marymoor Park Concerts Beck show, an REI day pack, or a King County Parks coffee mug.)
Contact Tina Miller
Habenicht Park (Maple Valley)
Join community members and Maple Valley Rotary Club as we steward Habenicht Park along the Cedar River and Cedar River Regional Trail. We will be working on weeding around plantings and moving woodchip mulch to protect the plantings that will help improve the health and beauty of the park.
Contact Lina Rose
Cedar Grove Natural Area (Renton)
Great time to discover a hidden natural area along the Cedar River, east of Renton. The native trees and shrubs that were planted last year need your help by weeding and mulching around them. Plan to enjoy the river after the event, or walk the Cedar River Trail.
Contact Tina Miller
Three Forks Natural Area (Snoqualmie)
Join us, along with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust volunteers to weed recently planted areas along the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River. This site is close to North Bend.
Contact Tina Miller
Marymoor Park Birdloop Trail (Redmond)
Please come help improve and maintain bird and wildlife habitat at the serene BirdLoop Trail & Meadow at Marymoor Park. Join awesome members of Eastside Audubon Society at their monthly work party.
Contact Laurie Clinton
Other volunteer opportunities
Be a Weed Watcher
Sign up to adopt a trail or lake , keep an eye out and enter weed survey data and locations.
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
- 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.
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.