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Central Puget Sound Chapter: Volunteer Today

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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.



   Volunteer at the Washington Native Plant Society Nursery

What    Native Plant Nursery at Magnuson Community Garden
When    First Monday of every month 10 AM - 2 PM
Where   Magnuson Community Garden, North end
Why      Learn about 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.
More info: To sign up or get directions, contact Brenda Clifton at brenda_clifton@hotmail.com or 360-348-7865. Click here for directions to the WNPS Nursery in Magnuson Park

Central Puget Sound Chapter Activities
Additionally, we are looking for a web/social media coordinator.
If you would like to share your expertise, please contact Dan Paquette, Chapter Chair, jdanj.paquette@gmail.com.

Central Puget Sound Chapter Board Opportunities
The board currently has vacancies in the following positions:

Volunteer Coordinator
Fundraising Chair
Vice Chair

If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact Dan Paquette at jdanj.paquette@gmail.com


The following are some other ways you can help:

Volunteer with Other Groups
Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail
Friends of Lincoln Park
Friends of Madrona Woods
Green Kirkland Partnership
King Conservation District
King County Native Plant Salvage Program
King County Noxious Weed Control Program
King County Parks
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Magnuson Community Center Resource Conservation Landscape Project
Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Association (MESA)
Mt. Amabilis Knapweed Project
National Parks Conservation Association
Nature Consortium
People for Puget Sound
Puget Creek Watershed Alliance
Rare Care—Rare Plant Monitoring
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area Monitoring
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Snohomish County Surface Water Management
Sound Salmon Solutions (Stilly Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force)
UW Herbarium
Washington State Parks Volunteer Stewards
To submit a request for volunteers, fill out the Volunteer Request Form.

Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail at Sand Point
To sign up to volunteer, contact Margaret Thouless at thouless1@comcast.net

Friends of Lincoln Park
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, sabaker41@gmail.com.

Friends of Madrona Woods
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.
Green Everett Partnership
Show your love of Everett parks by joining your local Forest Stewards at an upcoming forest restoration work party. For directions to Thornton A. Sullivan Park, click here.

 Green Kirkland Partnership
Many volunteer events.

King Conservation District

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.

For more information please email Adam Jackson, at volunteer@kingcd.org or go to our website http://www.kingcd.org/pro_vol.htm.

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.

King County Native Plant Salvage Program
Please call Cindy Young at 206-296-8065 or email cindy.young@kingcounty.gov to learn more.

King County Parks
To join a planting event, call Tina Miller, 206-296-2990 or e-mail her at tina.miller@kingcounty.gov to register and get directions. Planting events are from 10 AM - 2 PM.

King County Noxious Weed Control Program
Contact: Sasha Shaw, 206-263-6468; sasha.shaw@kingcounty.gov.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
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, volunteer@kruckeberg.org

To learn more about volunteering at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden see www.Kruckeberg.com.

Magnuson Community Center Resource Conservation Landscape Project
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 magnusonnatureprograms@gmail.com or call Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026.

Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance (MESA)
Help improve habitat and create replacement forest and other native vegetation on the formerly denuded navy air base which has become Magnuson Park.  Depending on the season, work is likely to include invasive plant removal, planting, mulching, watering, and weeding or other care for newly installed plantings.  It is also an opportunity to enjoy nature and learn a bit about native plants while doing statisfying work.

Visit our website or contact us via magnusonstewardship@outlook.com to learn more. 

MESA holds 3 routine volunteer events each month and often more. Additional events are also scheduled for even small groups seeking to perform volunteer ecological restoration and maintenance work as a way to serve the community and to give their members a chance to bond by working together in a natural setting. 

Information on locations and times for our publicly advertised events and ability to pre-register for them is available via the Green Seattle Partnership Volunteer map, here.
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 bmiller@serv.net.

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.

To sign up or get directions, contact Tom Kelly at tpaulkelly@hotmail.com, or Bonnie Miller at bmiller@serv.net or 206-524-8713 for directions and information.

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.
Contact Tom Kelly at tpaulkelly@hotmail.com or Bonnie Miller at bmiller@serv.net or 524-8713 for directions and information.

National Parks Conservation Association

Questions or for information, please contact Charla Ojala at 253-221-0973 or NPCASeattle@gmail.com.

Mt. Amabilis Knapweed Project
Contact Frank Harris for information frankxeric@comcast.net.

Nature Consortium
Urban Forest Restoration- West Duwamish Greenbelt
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: volunteer@naturec.org or 206-923-0853

People for Puget Sound
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 www.pugetsound.org.  You can learn more by contacting Dhira Brown at 206-382-7007 or restoration@pugetsound.org

Puget Creek Watershed Alliance
Contact: Steve Richmond at 206-650-9807 or gardencycles@hotmail.com.

Rare Care — Rare Plant Monitoring
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.

For more information, visit our website at www.depts.washington.edu/rarecare or contact Rare Care at 206-616-0780 or at rarecare@u.washington.edu.

Seattle Parks and Recreation
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.

Snohomish County Surface Water Management
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 a.heckman@co.snohomish.wa.us 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.

Sound Salmon Solutions (formerly Stilly Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force)

For more information and to sign up for events, contact Jane Hutchinson at jane@soundsalmonsolutions.org or 425-319-7696. http://stillysnofish.org/get_involved/upcoming_activities.html.

Volunteer at the UW Herbarium

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 Volunteer Stewards

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 robert.fimbel@parks.wa.gov. Robert can provide you with a Natural Resources Volunteer Steward Description, which details volunteer expectations and benefits for this position.

Updated: July 19, 2018
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