To see the world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

— William Blake

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Seeks Volunteers for Elwha River Restoration

Revegetation Project

 

Calling volunteers! Get your hands dirty with Elwha River Restoration by

assisting with native seed collection, growing and caring for native plants

at Olympic National Park's nursery, and replanting former Lake Mills.

 

This summer, there are opportunities at the Matt Albright Native Plant

Center, located east of Port Angeles in Robin Hill Farm County Park. There,

volunteers are invited to help transplant native seedlings, clean and sow

seed, and care for the thousands of natives that will be planted in former

Lake Mills this fall. Regular volunteer drop-in days at the nursery are

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am to 4pm.

 

For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Elwha River

Restoration Revegetation Project, contact Jill Zarzeczny at

Jill_Zarzeczny@nps.gov or 360.565.3047

 

More information about Elwha River Restoration is featured on the park's

website at

http://www.nps.gov/olym/naturescience/elwha-ecosystem-restoration.htm.

Sequim Prairie Oak Woodland
Volunteers are sought for Sequim Prairie oak woodland/savanna field work. Objectives of this project are to restore native plants and animals which characterized the Sequim Prairie prior to set-tlement by European Americans. Present focus is on performing needed maintenance of approximately 1600 oak seedlings/saplings until they reach 5-6 feet in height and can survive on their own. We will begin field work on the project on April 18, 2012. The work sessions are four hours long, from 9 A.M. until 1 P.M., each Wednesday through mid August. Work consists of clearing competing vegetation from young oak trees, checking the drip irrigation for proper function, and maintaining/repairing the rodent and deer browse protection structures. Snacks/drinks are provided during each session. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and a favorite weeding tool and dress for variable weather conditions. Access to the project site is from North Rho-defer road via West Sequim Bay road. Drive 0.6 mile north on N. Rhodefer road, where signs will identify the location of the access gate. Volunteers will find the work rewarding and the company stimulating. For additional information contact Bill Wood at 452-5679 or Melissa Soares at 681-6063.

Kah Tai Prairie Preserve
We meet at least twice a year to weed and monitor the prairie. If you are interest in this rare prairie relic and want to volunteer contact Dixie Llewellin dixie@cablespeed.com or (360) 385-6432.

Point Wilson Conservation Project
Join this ongoing conservation project at Fort Worden State Park which includes regular weeding parties, maintenance of trails, signage, and general beach strand restoration. For more information contact Sharon Schlentner sschlentner@waypoint.com.

Kul Kah Han Garden
This one acre demonstration garden represents 7 ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest and currently displays over 240 native plant species.  Visitors learn how and where to grow these plants in home gardens by reading the signage.  Volunteer stewards learn through hands on experience.  Educational events on topics related to native plants are held each year such as ethnobotany, usage by birds, beneficial micorrhyzae, propagation and more.  Work parties are held every Wednesday from 10am-2pm from April through October. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Linda Landkammer, Designer-In-Chief, at wild4nature@q.com or 360-379-8733 or visit their website www.nativeplantgarden.wordpress.com

Fort Townsend State Park
This project was initiated by the Olympic Peninsula Chapter in conjunction with the Friends of Fort Townsend State Park. The park has the best example of a mature forest of Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock with an under story of Pacific rhododendron in the entire Puget Sound region. Notable are the diversity of parasitic plants and the abundance of Calypso orchids in an old growth forest setting. For additional information about the work of our Chapter in the park or to volunteer for future work projects contact Ann Weinmann at aweinmann@cablespeed.com.