The Dirt: Calendar of hands-on volunteer opportunities
2017 volunteer highlights
Here's a snapshot of what you helped accomplish in 2017:
- 59,000 volunteer hours (including 19,600 hours from some 3,000 WTA volunteers)
- Planted 26,204 native trees and shrubs at 35 sites in 2017.
- Planted 16,820 trees as part of King County's 1 Million Trees effort, an increase of 5,000 trees over 2016!
- Removed a whopping 464 cubic yards of invasive plants from 35 sites, helping restore more than 11 acres.
- Hosted 150 backcountry trail events in 9 parks.
- Volunteer in King County, Washington
- Environmental education programs and resources
- Grants and awards
- 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
Join King County in building healthy forests
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.
Juanita Woodlands Park (Kirkland)
Join King County Parks, Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance and community members in this beautiful neighborhood forest as we plant to repair a degraded area of the forest. This park has been stewarded by community members and is a beloved gem in the area. Learn about the local plants and animals that make Juanita Woodlands Park their home as we work to make this park a healthier forest.
Contact Lina Rose.
Whitney Bridge Park (East of Auburn)
We will be planting along the Green River to enhance habitat for fish and wildlife. Come join our tree planting efforts at this family-friendly event.
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 WTAGive back to those trails that you love! Join King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association this winter and spring to rebuild and repair our backcountry trails. Tasks include retreading a trail, building a turnpike, or addressing drainage problems.
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 p.m.
Jan 30-Feb 3 Cougar/Squak Corridor Park (Issaquah)
Feb 6-10 Cougar/Squak Corridor Park (Issaquah)
Feb 13-17 Grand Ridge Park (Issaquah)
Feb 20-27 Cougar/Squak Corridor Park (Issaquah)
Feb 27-Mar 3 Tolt-MacDonald Park (Carnation)
To register, sign up on Washington Trail Association's website or by calling 206-965-8561.
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.
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!