Earth Day at the Arboretum

earth dayThe Arboretum Foundation is partnering with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation to organize a work service event at the Arboretum on Earth Day, April 22.

Help to restore Seattle’s favorite park through planting, mulching, removing invasive species, and maintaining trails.

Sign up at Eventbrite.com.

Questions? Contact the SCA-Northwest at 206-324-4649.

Plant a Tree at St. Mark’s Greenbelt

Hundreds of new native plants have arrived from the nursery and are ready to make St. Marks Greenbelt home. Spend your morning planting natives and restoring our urban forest.

This is a beautiful place to spend Saturday morning, and you can talk a walk and tour the acres of towering Big Leaf Maples and Sword ferns. If you are lucky you’ll see a coopers hawk or two!

Meet in the back southern corner of the parking lot at St. Marks Cathedral- there is a bright orange toolbox.

To get more details and to register visit: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10302/

 

2016 Bioblitz

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and community volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period.

Join us on May 6-7 as we look for bats, birds, insects, lichens, weeds, spiders, and mussels at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Friday night we will have “Introduction to BioBlitz” activities, and walks with our naturalist for families with kids 4-11. Stop in anytime between 4-7pm!  We will also stay out late to look for bats from 8-10pm.

Saturday we will search for birds at daybreak, insects, lichens, and noxious weeds in the morning, then spiders, plants, and freshwater mussels/macroinvertebrates in the afternoon.

Children are welcome in all groups.

RSVP for an organism group (or taxa) online, by phone (206-685-8033), or by email (uwbgeduc@uw.edu)

Full Schedule

  • Friday, May 6th
    4-7pm – Family BioBlitz Activities
    8-10pm – Bats
  • Saturday, May 7th
    6:30-9am – Birds
    9-11:30am – Insects, Lichens, Noxious Weeds
    12:30-3pm – Spiders, Plants, Freshwater Mussels/Macroinvertebrates

Green Seattle Day 2015 brings 10 years of ‘urban forest restoration’ to St. Mark’s Greenbelt

An annual effort to help keep the St. Mark’s Greenbelt green will mark its 10th year this weekend and you’re invited to volunteer to be part of it.

Green Seattle Day 2015 will organizer volunteers at 14 locations in the city “for a fun morning of urban forest restoration.” As we found out when we first visited one of the restoration parties way back in 2009, it’s also a lot of work.

The St. Mark’s crew headed by longtime chief Robert Hayden already had 26 of its 30 volunteer slots filled as of Monday night but you can also register to help at any of the other Seattle parks and green spaces.

GSD205_badge_smallMore information on the event and signing up to help is below.

Calling all volunteers for a fun morning of urban forest restoration at Green Seattle Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The 10th annual Green Seattle Day kicks off planting season with more than 10,000 plants ready for volunteers to put in the ground at 15 parks across Seattle. Green Seattle Day is a great opportunity to connect with nature and celebrate the dedication of thousands of volunteers working with Green Seattle Partnership throughout the year to restore over 2,500 acres of forested parkland.

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Green Seattle Day

http://greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/

 

Join us for the 10th annual Green Seattle Day!

Saturday, November 7th

9am
Parks throughout Seattle

 

Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of trees and other plants in parks throughout the City that will grow up to be the next generation of our urban forest. Green Seattle Day is a celebration of the forest that makes this the Emerald City. Help us keep it that way!

 

This family-friendly planting day is great for all ages, and no experience is necessary. We’ll bring the plants, tools, gloves, coffee, and snacks. You’ll get a great work-out, spend some time outside in a beautiful park, and feel great knowing that you spent the morning doing something good for your community and our urban environment. Bring friends and family with you, or meet new friends as you work together in your neighborhood park.

 

Everyone can help – sign up to volunteer now! Advance registration really helps us to plan the best event we can for all of our volunteers.

Dress warmly for the weather – we will be out rain or shine – and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes that can get dirty and wet. Bring a water bottle and reusable coffee mug if you have them. We will have coffee to fill up, and some snacks to keep you going!

 

Register early at www.greenseattle.org

Volunteer Park Fall Restoration Day 2015

Where: Gather in Volunteer Park at the Black Sun sculpture across from the Asian Art Museum or meet at the worksite.
What: Come for part or all, rain or shine, to continue our restoration efforts. We will be working in the SE corner of the park near the 15th Ave and Prospect St entrance. We will be removing invasive plants, mulching, and applying burlap to deter weeds in the future, among other tasks. Gloves and tools will be provided, or bring your own.

Who: All ages and ability levels are welcome. Please bring friends and kids. No gardening experience necessary.

This gathering is a wonderful way to meet neighbors, help our lovely park and learn more about Volunteer Park Trust.

The Trust will provide doughnuts and coffee!

5th Annual Downtown Volunteer Fair

Make a difference in Seattle! Meet reps of over 40 nonprofit agencies that need volunteers to help poor, homeless, hungry people and those with special needs. Find your perfect volunteer opportunity and make important community connections. In addition to the volunteer showcase, there will be special sessions focusing on homelessness, immigration and volunteerism. Speakers include Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, Michael Ramos of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Daniel Malone of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) and Patt Copeland of Vision Loss Connections. Handicap accessible venue, convenient to public transportation.

Spring Restoration Day

When: Sunday, April 26th, from 10 am to 2 pm

Where: Gather in Volunteer Park at the Black Sun sculpture across from the Asian Art Museum.

What: Come for part or all, rain or shine, to continue our restoration efforts. We will be working in a large bed near the Highland St entrance in the west side of the park. We will be removing invasive plants, mulching, and applying burlap to deter weeds in the future, among other tasks. Gloves and tools will be provided, or bring your own.

Who: All are welcome. Please bring friends and kids. No gardening experience necessary.

This gathering is a wonderful way to meet neighbors, help our lovely park and learn more about Volunteer Park Trust.

The Trust will provide doughnuts and coffee!

The 5th Annual Downtown Volunteer Fair

In partnership with Virginia Mason Medical Center, The Pike Place Market Foundation, The Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Downtown Seattle Association, Christ our Hope Catholic Church presents the 5th Annual Downtown Volunteer Fair. The fair will include representatives from local nonprofit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Youth Care, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Puget Sound and the Dorothy Day House.

Ice Cream Social at Cal Anderson Park hosted by Seattle Parks

Do you love Cal Anderson Park?
Have you wondered how you can help maintain the park or support events like the Independence Day Community Picnic or Hilloween?

Stop by the Volunteer Ice Cream Social from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 to find out how you can become a Seattle Parks and Recreation volunteer.
The event will take place in the Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse.

If you cannot make it to the event but would still like to volunteer, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/volunteers and click on “Online Green Space Application.” Under “Assignment Preference” choose the Cal Anderson Park option or type Cal Anderson Park in the box provided.

The Volunteer Ice Cream Social Event is free to the community. Cal Anderson Park is located at 1635 11th Ave. in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

For more information contact Randy Wiger in Seattle Parks at 206-684-0775.