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Rural Forest Commission Openings
April 2017: We are now accepting applications for two open positions.

Outdoor volunteer events for spring 2017

Come volunteer to help improve King County Parks' 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!

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*

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

  • April 8
    King County Greenhouse (Maple Valley)
    Come help us pot up native trees and shrubs for Parks restoration projects in the fall. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Month. You will be putting soil on a potting table, than planting a seedling in a pot and moving plants out into the nursery. Great activity for families!
    Contact Tina Miller.
  • April 22
    Soos Creek Park (Kent) 
    Soos Creek - Help out this restoration area along Soos Creek Trail, the young plants need weeding and mulching.
    Contact Tina Miller.
  • April 22   (10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
    Cecil Moses Memorial Park (Tukwila)

    We are building a future forest at Cecil Moses Park! Celebrate Duwamish Alive Day with King County Parks. We will be working throughout this park to remove invasive weeds, spread wood chip mulch. This park is along the Green River Trail and on the shores of the Duwamish River. Learn about the plants, wildlife and history of this great site.
    Contact Lina Rose.
  • April 29
    Skyway Park (Skyway)

    Join King County Parks, Skyway Solutions and West Hill Community Association in making Skyway Park a healthier park for people and animals. We will be working throughout the park, removing invasive plants and picking up litter in the park.
    Contact Lina Rose.
  • April 29
    King County Greenhouse (Maple Valley)

    Come help us pot up native trees and shrubs for Parks restoration projects in the fall. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Month. You will be potting soil on a potting table, than planting a seeding in a pot and moving plants out into the nursery. Great activity for families!
    Contact Tina Miller.
  • May 2
    Marymoor Park Birdloop Trail (Redmond)

    Please join Eastside Audubon Society (EAS) for their monthly work party. This is an ongoing volunteer service that greatly benefits birds and wildlife in Marymoor Park. 
    Contact Laurie Clinton
  • May 6
    Lake Joy Park (Carnation) 

    Join Lake Joy community members in stewarding this park along the shore of Lake Joy. We will be removing invasive weeds coming up in the planting area that we installed last winter.
    Contact Lina Rose.
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Backcountry trail work

Give back to those trails you love! Join King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association this spring 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 p.m.

  • March 28-April 1
    Grand Ridge Park
  • April 4-8
    Grand Ridge Park
  • April 11-15
    Grand Ridge Park

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.

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.

 

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.