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Join King County in building healthy forests

Join us in building healthy forests

We're doing our part in King County's effort to plant 1 Million Treesby 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.

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

For any questions about our Volunteer Program or to inquire about a custom volunteer event for your group, contact Volunteer Program Manager Lina Rose or via phone at 206-491-5014.

Reason #1,243,500 why trees are awesome

Research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also provide us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of past and present cultures. We need them. So, how can we return the favor? This brief video shares compelling stories about the power of trees. It was made in partnership with the University of Washington, University of British Columbia and the Duwamish Tribe. (Item contributed by Kathy Wolf, Univ. of Washington & U.S. Forest Service).

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.

  • Image of community volunteers, adults and children
    November 17*
    *Event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Fenster Nature Park (Auburn)

    Join your community for a fun-filled fall planting party at Fenster Nature Park. The City of Auburn, King County, and EarthCorps want to plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs along the Green River and need your help. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, rain gear to stay dry, warm clothes if it’s cold, a water bottle, lunch, and your favorite pair of work gloves. We’ll provide everything else, including instructions, snacks, and smiles.

    RSVP to EarthCorps (external link) or call 206-322-9296 x 217.

  • Tanner Landing, North Bend
    December 1
    Tanner Landing (North Bend)

    Tanner Landing Park is located along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River that provides acts as a gateway to river recreation. It is a popular access point for boaters and floaters but it is also a great swimming spot for those hot summer days. Tannner Landing was once an enormous pasture that was overrun with Scotch broom and blackberry, but thanks to volunteers we are starting to gain the upper hand. Come help King County Parks as we plant native trees and shrubs in an effort to reestablish the native plant communities that once thrived here.

    Contact Brian Lund.

  • Big Finn Hill Park, Kirkland
    December 1 and December 8
    Big Finn Hill Park (Kirkland)

    Join King County Parks and community members as we work to restore what was a large area of blackberry and turn it into a thriving, diverse habitat to benefit the people and animals that spend time at Big Finn Hill Park. This project is family-friendly so bring the kids!

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • Marymoor Park Birdloop Trail, Redmond
    December 1 and January 5
    Marymoor Park BirdLoop (Redmond)

    Join Eastside Audubon in making Snag Row healthier habitat for birds. Winter projects often include planting, moving woodchips and invasive plant removal to improve the beauty and ecological value of this beloved site.

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • Sammamish River Trail, Woodinville
    December 8 and January 12
    *Event is from 10 a.m. to noon
    Sammamish River Trail (Woodinville)

    Join the Sammamish River Stewards as they work to restore the habitat along the Sammamish River Regional Trail.  This fantastic group of Parks and Trails Ambassadors leads projects here every second Saturday of the month so set your calendar!  Projects generally include blackberry removal and other restoration tasks.

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation
    December 15 and January 12
    Tolt-MacDonald Park (Carnation)

    Help King County Parks and our partners plant 1 million trees by 2020. Parks is turning an area that was recently cleared of blackberries into a flood plain forest along the Snoqualmie River and can use your help restoring this beautiful park.

    Contact Brian Lund.

  • Cougar-Squak Corridor Park, Issaquah
    January 5
    Cougar - Squak Corridor Park (Issaquah)

    Come help King County Parks as we work to restore `a former campground situated on the side of Squak Mountain. This campground sits in the middle of a very important wildlife migration corridor between Cougar and Squak Mountains and is vulnerable to invasive vegetation with all the cleared camping sites. We will be revegetating those campsites to ensure invasive species don't move in.

    Contact Brian Lund.

  • Renton Park, Fairwood neighborhood
    January 26
    Renton Park (Fairwood area of Renton)

    Discover this beautiful neighborhood gem of a forest.  Tucked behind schools and homes, this green belt serves a pretty role in providing wildlife and bird habitat, cooling the area, filtering air and water all to benefit the people and animals that call Renton home.  We will be planting and stewarding past planting sites to make this park an even healthier forest.

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • Martin Luther King County logo
    Save The Dates! Martin Luther King Weekend of Service is coming!

    Join King County Parks in the celebration of Martin Luther King's legacy of service by engaging in your community and volunteering! Projects will be held on January 19th at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center and on MLK Day, January 21st at Skyway Park. Both projects will be planting to make these two parks healthier spaces for all to enjoy!

    Contact Lina Rose.

Sammamish area restoration projects with Snoqualmie Tribe

2018 fall restoration events

Events are Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

November 17 Three Forks Natural Area (Snoqualmie)

December 1 Fall City Farms (Fall City)

RSVP or for more information contact Alex Harwell, Outreach Coordinator at or 425-229-2120.

Backcountry trail work parties with WTA

Backcountry trail maintenance tools

Here's a chance to learn about how backcountry trails are constructed. Join King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association this winter and spring to rebuild and repair backcountry trails. Tasks include retreading a trail, building a turnpike, and solving drainage problems.

Note: These events require hiking to more remote work sites. Events are limited to 20 people, with typically 6-12 volunteers.

Events are Tuesday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

November 27 – December 1 Tolt – Macdonald (Carnation)

December 4 – December 8 Grand Ridge Park (Issaquah)

December 11 – December 15 Taylor Mountain (Issaquah)

December 18 – December 22 Taylor Mountain (Issaquah)

January 2 – January 5 Big Finn Hill Park (Kirkland)

January 8 – January 12 Big Finn Hill Park (Kirkland)

January 15 – January 19 Cedar Creek (Covington)

January 18 – January 19 Cougar - Squak Corridor (Issaquah)

January 22 – January 26 Grand Ridge (Issaquah)

January 29 – February 2 Grand Ridge (Issaquah)

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

Other volunteer opportunities

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