The Washington Native Plant Society Central Puget Sound Chapter has many volunteer opportunities that are rewarding and fun. Check out the following events and projects.
Central Puget Sound Chapter Activities
The CPS Chapter is actively seeking members to serve on its Board: Education Chair, Fundraising Chair, Member Services Chair, Nursery Chair, Plant Sale Chair.
Additionally, other open chapter support positions include the following: Chapter meeting A/V coordinator, Web/Social media coordinator, and Publicity and Promotion.
If you would like to share your expertise, please contact Rob Smith, CPS Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are some other ways you can help:
Volunteer with Other Groups
To submit a request for volunteers, fill out the Volunteer Request Form.
Speakers at Chapter Programs usually bring presentations that require a laptop and projector. WNPS has a great laptop and projector, but we are missing a person who can make sure they function together. We need a volunteer who is savvy about the interface between the computer and the projector so Chapter presentations run smoothly. If you have some expertise in this area and usually come to Chapter meetings, please consider volunteering as Audio-Visual Aide for Chapter Programs. You would be welcomed with enthusiasm on the part of both the audience and the speakers! To volunteer, contact Rob Smith at 425-495-0961.
To sign up to volunteer, contact Margaret Thouless at email@example.com
Lincoln Park has 80 acres of mature, beautiful forest on the shores of Puget Sound. It has an incredible variety of NW native plants. But it's also being invaded by "neighborhood bullies." The Friends of Lincoln Park are doing forest restoration on the first Saturday and third Sunday of every month. Join us to botanize, get a good workout, and preserve this urban treasure.
Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St. in West Seattle).
Bring: Long sleeves and pants and sturdy boots or shoes recommended. Tools and gloves provided, or bring your favorites.
Contact Sharon Baker, 206-464-1068, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madrona Woods is in need of volunteers to help carry out stream bank restoration. Work parties are scheduled once a month on the fourth Saturday of the month, except for July and August. Groups of volunteers can be scheduled on other dates that are convenient for the group. Contact Ann Bucher 206-323-8325 to sign up or get more information.
Many volunteer events.
For information on volunteer activities for IvyOUT please go to http://ivyout.org/volunteer.htm.
Wetland Plant Nursery
Volunteer work parties go from 9 AM – 1 PM on an on-going basis.
SW Grady Way & Longacres Dr., Renton, WA
Learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration projects while helping to perform critical nursery tasks. Activities include starting plants from seed, divisions, and transplants, or help maintain nursery stock by watering and weeding. We host 3-4 events per month.
King CD will provide all the tools. To sign up, call 206-282-1908.
Directions: Heading North 405 from I-5 interchange: Take exit 1 (Tukwila- West Valley Highway). Turn a left at the end of the off-ramp onto Interurban Ave. Turn right at the first light onto Grady Way. Turn left (1st left) onto Longacres Drive (approximately 1/4 mile). The nursery is located on the left-hand side of Longacres Drive at the intersection of Longacres Drive and Grady Way. The nursery has a green chain link fence around it, a gravel driveway and is across the street from the Renton Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Heading South 405: Take exit #2A, (SR 167/Rainier Avenue South). Immediately merge into the far left lane and turn left onto Grady Way, heading west. Stay on Grady Way for approximately 1 mile until you pass Oakesdale Ave SW. Turn right onto Longacres Drive. The nursery is located on the left-hand side of Longacres Drive at the intersection of Longacres Drive and Grady Way. The nursery has a green chain link fence around it, a gravel driveway and is across the street from the Renton Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Please call Cindy Young at 206-296-8065 or email email@example.com to learn more.
To join a planting event, call Tina Miller, 206-296-2990 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and get directions. Planting events are from 10 AM - 2 PM.
Contact: Sasha Shaw, 206-263-6468; email@example.com.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Work Party
Come help maintain this historic garden co-founded by Art Kruckeberg. The garden is open to public as it is a City of Shoreline Park, but maintained by volunteers of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation. Volunteers help to keep the Garden in top form by raking, mulching, weeding, turning compost, and assisting with other maintenance needs.
The KBGF recently won a grant to install a Native Plant Demonstration Garden. Volunteers will be assisting with the beginning stages of this project.
Volunteers need to come dressed for outdoor work in any weather. They will be provided with gloves and tools. Volunteers can peruse the MsK Native and Rare Plant Nursery and receive a discount on the day of volunteering.
Work parties occur on the first and third Sunday of every month!
Directions: Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is located at 20312 15th Ave NW in Shoreline's Richmond Beach neighborhood.
From I-5, take Exit 176 and go west on 175th Street, across Aurora Avenue (Highway 99), until you reach the stop light at Fremont Avenue N.
Turn right to go north on Fremont Avenue to 185th St., then west (left) on 185th (which becomes Richmond Beach Road). You will travel through a commercial area and down a long, winding hill. Turn north (right) onto 15th Avenue NW, and the garden is about 1/2 mile up the hill, on the right. Look for the banner in the trees.
Parking at the Garden is limited so consider carpooling, or using alternate means of transportation.
Contact: Laurie Cange, firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about volunteering at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden see www.Kruckeberg.com.
Magnuson Community Center
7110 62nd Ave. NE, Seattle 98115
Would you like to help create a backyard-size demonstration landscape at Magnuson Park, filled with hundreds of native plants and other beautiful, sustainable features? For the past 6 months, volunteers (including WNPS members and Native Plant Stewards) have been busy creating a demonstration garden at Magnuson Community Center that teaches visitors how to stabilize sloped garden beds to absorb runoff, create healthy soil conditions, and add native plants that attract birds and beneficial insects. The brand new Resource Conservation Landscape is coming to life, and you can help complete the process!
Our upcoming stewardship events are a great opportunity for Native Plant Stewards and other WNPS volunteers to add to the habitat restoration within the Magnuson Park Historic District, and to teach others how to properly install and mulch native plants to get them off to a great start. You can volunteer for all or part of any of these events, whatever fits best with your schedule.
The work will be simple and fun for all ages, and children are welcome if accompanied by a parent! Tools, gloves, and refreshments provided for all. Students will receive service-learning credit. For more information or register to volunteer, email email@example.com or call Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026.
Come and spend some quality time with Mother Nature! There are various activities planned and you will enjoy the sun and spring breezes while schlepping mulch or digging out blackberry roots!
Magnuson Park Promontory Point Habitat Enhancement
10 AM - 2 PM (every second Sunday)
10 AM - 2 PM (every third Thursday)
Rescue our newly planted native plants from the nasty plants! Come for an hour or more; every minute helps! Lots of fun work to do!
Meet at the Education Pavilion; enter Magnuson Park at NE 65th St, drive east to boat launch parking lot. Turn right just past the new wetlands and look for the yellow “VOLUNTEER” banner and signs.
Contact Bonnie Miller at 206-524-8713 (H) or 206-227-2612 (C) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Plant Nursery at Magnuson Community Garden
First Monday of every month 10 AM - 2 PM
Magnuson Community Garden, North end
Learn our native plants and work to propagate for future planting. We work rain or shine. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a snack and water. We will supply gloves and tools. Nursery is north of the Brig next to the fence.
Native Plant Border at Magnuson Community Garden
First Saturday of every month 9 AM - 1 PM
Magnuson Community Garden, east of The Brig, next to the Dog Off Leash Area.
Plant and maintain the native plants in the Border of the Community Garden.
Questions or for information, please contact Charla Ojala at 253-221-0973 or NPCASeattle@gmail.com.
Contact Frank Harris for information email@example.com.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 10 AM - 2 PM
Located in West Seattle near the Duwamish River, the West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest contiguous forest in Seattle, stretching from West Seattle to Burien. Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round several times per week. Currently we are working Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 AM-2 PM in the West Duwamish Greenbelt located in West Seattle. Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop, and we spend the remainder of the time performing various restoration activities, including planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, mulching previously-planted areas, and more. Musicians perform for volunteers at many of our restoration work parties.
We work rain or shine. Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed toed shoes and rain gear as needed. We provide gloves, tools, a light granola bar snack (feel free to bring a lunch) and a jug of water. Please bring a refillable water bottle.
Sign up online to volunteer at http://www.naturec.org/volunteer/ Once you've signed up online to volunteer we'll send you a confirmation e-mail with driving directions to our work party location.
Bring: Please bring as much enthusiasm, fun and hard work as you can muster in an afternoon. Come prepared with proper clothing for whatever weather the Puget Sound has in store for us. We will be getting dirty so wear clothing that can be soiled. Please wear comfortable and closed toed shoes. Additionally please bring a reusable water bottle to refill water. We now our offering tea and coffee to volunteers so please bring a reusable coffee mug to enjoy a warm beverage.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-923-0853
There are many opportunities to volunteer to restore sites with People for Puget Sound. To see details about these events, check their events calendar at http://www.pugetsound.org/connect/events. You can learn more by contacting Dhira Brown at 206-382-7007 or email@example.com
Contact: Steve Richmond at 206-650-9807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in an opportunity to contribute to the conservation of Washington’s rare plants and at the same time visit premier examples of Washington’s native ecosystems? Volunteer as a rare plant monitor with Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation and help collect valuable information on status of rare plant populations. Rare plant monitors visit known populations of rare plants all around the state to check and report on the condition of the population and its habitat.
Every month Seattle Parks and Recreation offers lots of ways to get involved. Get in shape by joining a work party! For projects this month, check the website www.seattle.gov/parks/getinvolved.
Volunteers are needed for nursery tasks in Snohomish County. Help with bare root potting at the Native Plant Nursery on most Wednesdays and Fridays.
Sign-up by e-mailing Anna Heckman email@example.com or contact Greg Dunster at (425) 508-6709 (cell), or 425-388-3464 ext. 4661.
For more information see the Surface Water Management Division Calendar of Upcoming Events.
For more information and to sign up for events, contact Jane Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-319-7696. http://stillysnofish.org/get_involved/upcoming_activities.html.
Volunteers participate in a variety of herbarium activities including the mounting, accessioning, and shelving of plant specimens. This is a great chance to work with plants from throughout the Pacific Northwest (they are still interesting even when they are dried and flattened), and with others who share your interest in the flora of our region. No previous herbarium experience is necessary; we provide training. Also needed are volunteers with computer skills such as data entry and web page design. The Herbarium is located in the basement of Hitchcock Hall (Botany Building) on the UW Campus. For more information go to http://depts.washington.edu/wtu/volunteers.htm.
Washington State Parks is looking for individuals who would like to become volunteer stewards for selected parks. Some of the possible parks include Mount Spokane, Riverside, Steamboat Rock, Sun Lakes, Gingko/Wanapum, Dalles Mountain Ranch, Beacon Rock, Fort Columbia, Fort Canby, Leadbetter Peninsula, Moran, Deception Pass, and Larrabee. These parks all include stretches of natural area which need to be monitored and maintained. Individuals will be asked to commit at least two years.
For more information contact: Robert A. Fimbel, Washington State Parks, 7150 Cleanwater Lane, Olympia, WA 98504. Phone 360-902-8592 or e-mail email@example.com. Robert can provide you with a Natural Resources Volunteer Steward Description, which details volunteer expectations and benefits for this position.