The Dirt: Calendar of hands-on volunteer opportunities
- Volunteer in King County, Washington
- Environmental education programs and resources
- Grants and awards
- Water and Land Resources Division
- Parks and Recreation Division
- Department of Natural Resources and Parks
News and announcements
Apr. 21, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
How our world would turn to chaos without dedicated volunteers
Join King County in building healthy forests
We're doing our part in King County's effort to plant 1 Million Treesby 2020 to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for impact of climate change, one of the actions outlined the 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan.
Join in and help us reach this goal while also restoring habitat for fish and wildlife and enhancing recreation opportunities for all of us.
To join an event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event. For any questions about our Volunteer Program or to inquire about a custom volunteer event for your group, contact Volunteer Program Manager Lina Rose or via phone at 206-491-5014.
Calendar of events
Events are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. *unless otherwise noted.
To join an event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event.
March 2 and March 16
Tolt-MacDonald Park (Carnation)
Join in King County Parks as we work with our partners to plant 1 million trees. We are turning a former pasture along the Snoqualmie River back into healthy flood plain forest and we need your help installing lots of trees! While you're here you can also take a stroll across the historic 550-foot long suspension bridge over the Snoqualmie River.
Contact Brian Lund.
March 9 and March 23
Squak Lodge (Issaquah)
Come help King County Parks as we work to restore a former campground situated on the side of Squak Mountain. This former 100-site campground was purchased by King County in 2016 and now we need your help restoring former camp sites that have been cut into otherwise pristine upland forest.
Contact Lina Rose.
Backcountry trail work parties with WTA
Here's a chance to learn about how backcountry trails are constructed. Join King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association this winter and spring to rebuild and repair backcountry trails. Tasks include retreading a trail, building a turnpike, and solving drainage problems.
Note: These events require hiking to more remote work sites. Events are limited to 20 people, with typically 6-12 volunteers.
Events are Tuesday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
February 26 – March 2 Cougar - Squak Corridor (Issaquah)
March 5 – March 9 Moss Lake Natural Area (Carnation-Duvall)
March 12 – March 16 Tolt-MacDonald Park (Carnation)
March 19 – March 23 Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park (Issaquah)
March 26 – March 30 Gold Creek County Park (Woodinville)
Other volunteer opportunities
- Weed Watchers
Adopt a trail or lake you're familiar with and report noxious weeds you see when you're out and about.
- Miller and Walker Creeks volunteer calendar
Plant native trees and shrubs, pull invasive, non-native plants and clean up litter at these Puget Sound creeks.
- Adopt-a-Park or Trail & Park Ambassador Programs
These programs provide opportunities for groups or individuals to help maintain King County's 180 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 130 miles of backcountry trails. For more information please contact Laurie Clinton, volunteer program manager.
- Salmon counts and habitat restoration
- Volunteer Lake Stewardship Program
Get outside to help monitor water quality at select lakes in King County.
- Repair events
Volunteer to help other fix and repair their stuff, or learn how to fix things at events across King County.
- Master Recycler Composter Program
Sign up for free training to learn about waste reduction, recycling, solid waste impacts on climate change and public outreach, and help other citizens reduce waste.
For more information about volunteering in King County, please contact Lina Rose, Volunteer Coordinator, King County Parks and Recreation Division.