The Dirt: Calendar of hands-on volunteer opportunities
A big shout out to volunteers from...
- Mercer Island Student Volunteer Program
- Rainier Audubon Society
- South County Sierra Club
- Rainier Prep Charter School
- Coal Creek YMCA
- Boy Scout Troop 330
- Emerald Parents Association
- Tom Douglas Restaurants
- McClendon Hardware
- ... and many more!!
Remember: wherever you walk, bike, or play, chances are a volunteer has worked there!
Keeping parks green and enjoyable
Simply put: volunteers make our parks better.
Weeding invasive plants and mulching around them are essential to helping them retain moisture in the coming dryer months and eliminate the competition for nutrients from weeds. Native trees and shrubs can use attention all year round; they follow no other schedule but that of nature.
Other volunteer projects make spaces more enjoyable for people to recreate and relax.
Sound like fun? Then consider joining an event! Register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event below.
For questions about the Volunteer Program or to inquire about a custom volunteer event for your group, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Laurie Clinton.
Calendar of events
Events are on Saturdays
To join an event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event.
August 11 and September 1
Sammamish River Trail (Woodinville)
* Event is 10 a.m.to noon
Join the Sammamish River Stewards, a group of our Parks & Trails Ambassadors, as they work to restore valuable riparian habitat along the Sammamish River Trail. This month, the group will be working at the Woodin Creek site doing blackberry removal from around plantings.
Contact Lina Rose.
Marymoor Park BirdLoop Trail (Redmond)
* Event is 9 a.m.to noon
Join Eastside Audubon for their monthly work party. This is an ongoing volunteer service that greatly benefits birds and wildlife, as well as creates a lovely place to stroll in Marymoor Park.
Contact Laurie Clinton.
Annual Days of Caring and Service in early September
Saturday, Sept 8
Renton Day of Service
In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, the culmination of an effort launched by 9/11 family members and support groups to honor and remember the victims and first responders of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The City of Renton hosts volunteer projects throughout the city on this day. While our Renton-area volunteer events are full, there are other opportunities available. Visit the City of Renton webpage to find one near you.
Friday, Sept 14
United Way - King County Day of Caring
GIVE BACK * FEEL GOOD * HAVE FUN
The largest volunteer event in the state means joining thousands of people working on hundreds of projects that King County a better place to call home…for everyone.
We've got several projects this year that have already filled up, but there are other opportunities available. Visit the United Way of King County Day of Service webpage to find an event near year.
Saturday, August 18
Marymoor Park (Redmond)
Now in it's fourth year, CHOMP! is a day-long celebration of local farming, food and sustainability at Marymoor Park with great music and lots of fun activities for all ages!
We are looking for composter/recycler volunteers to assist in educating festival-goers with their used composting and recyclable items, which helps us reduce waste generated by large events in our parks.
Volunteers get great swag (a CHOMP hat and t-shirt) and are entered into a drawing to win tickets to an upcoming show at the Marymoor Park Concerts .
For questions or to sign up, please contact Laurie Clinton.
Repair Café Series
Bring your small household items including clothing and we'll try to repair them or help you fix them! We want to keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources and save you money. Free to the public!
Des Moines Repair Café
White Center Repair Time fix-it event
Woodinville Repair Time
Burien Repair Café
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.
For more information about volunteering in King County, please contact Laurie Clinton, Volunteer Coordinator, King County Parks and Recreation Division.