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Looking for something to do to celebrate Earth Day?

King County has planned volunteer opportunities and events to help you go green this April. 

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Gotta make room for next year’s trees!

Volunteer weed removal

In April, King County will hold volunteer events every Saturday – focusing on invasive plant removal and maintenance. We have to clear invasive plants first to make space for new trees. Maintaining planting sites is crucial for little saplings to grow into strong trees.

Planting a million trees by 2020 is a target action in King County's 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan.


Calendar of events

Events are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted*

To join an event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event.

  • April 14
    Renton Park (Renton, Fairwood area)

    Explore this beautiful neighborhood greenbelt as we work to restore this forest to healthier and more diverse habitat.  Renton Park is loaded with native plants and is great wildlife habitat.  Come learn about this hidden gem as we work to remove English ivy and move wood chip mulch around plantings installed this past year.  This is a family friendly site.

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • April 14
    Three Forks Natural Area (North Bend)

    The recently planted native trees and shrubs need to be weeded and mulched at this site along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River.  We will be partnering with Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers at this event. Come place mulch around these young plants to keep the weeds from growing and keep moisture in the soil longer so the plants don’t dry out.

    Contact Tina Miller.

  • April 14
    Sammamish River Trail – Little Bear Creek site (Woodinville)
     
    *Event is 10 a.m. – noon

    Join our Parks and Trails Ambassadors in restoring a section of natural area along the Sammamish River Trail in Woodinville.  Project includes removing Himalayan blackberry from restoration sites and from around older native plantings.

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • April 21
    Skyway Park (Skyway)
     

    Join us in restoring the natural area of this important park that is home to the headwaters of Taylor Creek.  We will celebrate Earth Day a day early as we work to make Skyway Park a healthy and functioning ecosystem.  Projects will include litter pick up and weeding in native planting beds.

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • April 21
    Cecil Moses Memorial Park (Tukwila)
     
    *Event is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Join us for Duwamish Alive Day on the shores of the Duwamish River in this great site along the Green River Regional Trail.  We will be weeding around plantings to help them stand the best chance of survival.  A great place to view urban wildlife, we have seen Kingfishers, salmon, eagles and even a sea lion following a salmon upstream.

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • April 28
    Maplewood Heights Park  (Renton)
     

    Join King County Parks and neighbors of this great forested park as we work to beautify an entrance to the park.  We will be removing Himalayan blackberry and spreading wood chip mulch to improve the health of this section of the park.

    Contact Lina Rose.

Backcountry trail work parties with WTA

Give 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.
Washington Trails boardwalk

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.

March 27 – March 31 Moss Lake Park (Carnation)

April  3 – April 7 Grand Ridge Park (Issaquah)

April 13 and 14 at Cougar Mt. (Issaquah)

To register, sign up on Washington Trail Association's website or by calling 206-965-8561.

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!

Repair time event

Duvall Repair Café

First repair event in Duvall
Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Duvall Visitor and Community Center
15619 Main St. NE Duvall, WA 98019

Covington Repair Time

First repair event in Covington
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 3-6 p.m.
Covington Library
27100 164th Ave. SE
Covington, WA 98042

SeaTac Repair Time

Next SeaTac Repair Time event:
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 3-6 p.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S.
SeaTac, WA 98168

Other volunteer opportunities

For more information about volunteering in King County, please contact Laurie Clinton, Volunteer Coordinator, King County Parks and Recreation Division.