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Family working to remove invasives at Sierra Heights Park Family working to remove invasives at Sierra Heights Park

It's Spring!

Time for weeding, mulching, more weeding.  The lush canopy of native trees with the equally lovely low growing shrubs around here could really use some more help!

Keeping invasive and noxious weeds controlled does wonders for the health of a forest – from a tiny urban wood lot to the magnificent huge forest lands.  It's quite a refreshing way to take care of you, too!

Get some fresh air, use some muscles, get some exercise while enjoying park land that is beautiful.

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Outdoor projects in our parks and natural areas

  • Saturday May 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Log Cabin Natural Area (East of Issaquah)
    Native trees need your help! Mulching and weeding to help them survive and thrive.
    Contact Tina Miller
  • Saturday May 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    White Center Heights Parks
    Invasive weed removal.
    Contact Lina Rose
  • Saturday May 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Upper Bear Creek Natural Area (Near Woodinville)
    Join the wonderful Water Tenders folks and help remove to 'not heavenly' but insidious yellow archangel weed. Let's help the native trees by covering with cardboard and mulch.
    Contact Tina Miller
  • Saturday May 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Kathryn Taylor Equestrian Park (Redmond Ridge)
    Trot on over! Help keep the horse arena, round pen and trailhead area in prime horse use condition with an emphasis on water quality.
    Contact Laurie Clinton
  • Saturday May 30, time to be decided
    Lake Geneva Park (near Federal Way)
    Community event at this great park along the lake.  Work to make it an even better place.
    Contact Lina Rose
  • Saturday June 6, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Squak Mountain Open House (South of Issaquah)
    Celebration of Cougar-Squak Mountain connector park. Join sponsors, get maps and talk with trail enthusiasts!
  • Saturday June 6, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    Squak Mountain Park
    Take ivy out along a new hiking trail.
    Contact Tina Miller
  • Saturday June 6, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Squak Mountain Park
    Backcountry trail work with WTA. Family and youth work party.
    Contact Tina Miller
  • Saturday June 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Tanner Landing Park (along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River)
    Help to remove Scot's Broom along a park fence line and learn how fun a weed wrench can be!
    Contact Tina Miller
  • Saturday June 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Taylor Mountain Forest at Hobart (Near Maple Valley)
    Come out and help mulch recently planted trees and see the newest acquisition to the 1,600 acre park.
    Contact Tina Miller
King County Skyway firefighters wielded the mighty weed wrenches to remove Scot’s Broom from Skyway Park
King County Skyway firefighters wielded the mighty weed wrenches to remove Scot's Broom from Skyway Park.

Other volunteer opportunities

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

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.