Earth Day comes around once a year, but our individual and collective action every day make the Puget Sound region the best place to live, work, and play. Together, we can ensure future generations will also benefit from the natural resources around us.
Join us April 18 to 22, when we spotlight Earth-friendly activities that can make a difference every day of the year. We invite you to explore interactive quizzes and join volunteer events and workshops that inspire action for environmental conservation, restoration, and stewardship. Join your family, friends, or a neighbor and tag us on social media so we can see how you’re honoring Earth Day 2022!
The warmer weather and smell of blossoming trees has us in the mood for spring. It’s time to open the windows, clear away the clutter, and start the new season off fresh with a good, deep spring cleaning. From inside to out, King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks wants to help you wipe away the winter dust in a way that’s good for the planet and for you and your family with these eco-friendly spring-cleaning tips and tricks.
Safely dispose of hazardous waste
Proper disposal of hazardous waste—like oil-based paint, cleaning products, and motor oil—protects our environment from harmful contamination.
Residents and eligible businesses can safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted hazardous products by visiting the Wastemobile, a mobile collection service that travels around King County.
Find a take-back location for recycling plastic bags and wrap
Do you have a growing stash of plastic bubble mailers or plastic bags? These items and other flimsy plastic packaging are not accepted in curbside recycling, but you can recycle them at retail take-back locations. Check for a collection bin at your local grocery store or find a take-back location near you . Just make sure all items are empty, clean, and dry – no crumbs, residue, or leftover receipts. If a take-back location isn’t convenient, it’s best to put unwanted plastic bags and wrap in your garbage bin.
Safer cleaning protects your health and the environment
Safe management of hazardous waste is good business
Most businesses generate some type of hazardous waste. The Business Services Team at the Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County helps businesses protect their employees and the environment from exposure to hazardous waste. Learn about our no-cost services for eligible businesses including grant programs, waste disposal services, and resources like spill cleanup training to prevent harmful materials from polluting our waterways.
Growing future forests at King County Parks Nursery
Pop-up Storywalk at Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant: Bea’s Bees
Come walk the trails at Brightwater and enjoy a PopUp Storywalk ! Bea’s Bees will be installed in celebration of Earth Month from April 8-30 along the trails and you and your family can read the story, page by page, as you follow the path.
When her bees mysteriously disappear, Beatrix (Bea) hatches a plan to bring them back. Bees provide us with valuable resources, and some types of bees are in danger of disappearing forever. Bea’s Bees encourages kids to help protect bees and other pollinators that are important to our ecosystem.
Earth Day volunteer event at Miller Creek Trail
Join us at Miller Creek Trail in Burien for a volunteer restoration event on April 23 to celebrate Earth Day. We’ll be helping trees grow and stewarding native vegetation. We are looking for volunteers to weed and mulch around young trees and plants to help them grow into healthy streamside vegetation. No experience necessary, we provide tools and gloves.
Saturday, April 23 Register
That blackberry bush taking over your backyard isn’t just a nuisance to you. King County’s Noxious Weeds team has been noticing more weeds showing up on hiking trails deep in wilderness areas possibly brought there by seeds carried on shoes and pets or hungry birds. If you care about the sustainability and health of our forests, tend to the weeds at home this spring. The sooner the better. King County provides numerous resources on invasive species, including ways to identify them and tips for the best way to control them.
Stewardship in action
The 1,800 professionals at the Department of Natural Resources and Parks are committed to protecting and restoring the natural environment in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the nation, advancing King County’s environmental priorities for the people, fish, and wildlife that call this spectacular corner of the country home.
Strengthening an equitable, sustainable local food economy
Farmland not only plays an important role in our response to climate change and reducing the carbon footprint of our food supply, but a robust local farm economy means more healthy food for our residents, more jobs in rural farming areas, and a landscape that is more resilient to climate impacts. Those attributes make farmland preservation all the more important. And as the county becomes more diverse, so do the communities that benefit from access to farmland.
3 Million Trees
After surpassing our goal to plant 1 Million Trees, we launched 3 Million Trees to increase urban tree canopy, protect forestland that’s absorbing carbon now, and prepare forests for climate impacts.
We’re protecting more of these open spaces through Executive Constantine’s Land Conservation Initiative, which calls for an accelerated effort to acquire or preserve 65,000 acres of the most ecologically valuable land – including urban greenspaces, forests, and farmland – in 30 years.
Regional trails connecting to high-capacity transit powered by clean energy
Eastrail, King County’s major north-south regional trail corridor on the Eastside, continues to be developed through thriving neighborhoods and commercial business centers, linking communities to light rail and RapidRide bus routes.
With its remarkable future path over the historic Wilburton Trestle, regional trails like Eastrail also connect people to parks and open space that are important as places to enjoy a quite walk, and so much more. These green spaces need our care – they are an essential part of our county’s character, they offer us escapes from our busy lives, and they can help us address the negative impacts of climate change.
The two new segments of Eastrail are expected to be completed in 2024, soon after Sound Transit is scheduled to open four new Link light rail stations along Eastrail. It will also offer convenient access to bus rapid transit in Renton as well as viewing decks.
King County Parks started construction on a new segment of Lake to Sound Trail, a multi-use paved trail that will connect five South King County cities – Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Des Moines – to four other region trails and high-capacity transit.
The new 2.2-mile segment is the latest progress in a regional trail that will eventually connect the southern tip of Lake Washington to Des Moines Beach Park along Puget Sound. It will be located a half mile from Sound Transit’s Angle Lake Light Rail Station.