What we do
Volunteer events resume June 20! We have been hard at work building practices to ensure that our events meet all public health recommendations and guidelines. We are so excited to get back into the field with you.
- Enrollment limited to 5 volunteers
- Practice physical distancing while on site
- Hand-washing soap and sanitizer available on site
- Tools sanitized tools after every event
- Each volunteer will be given their own clip board and sign in sheet to sign in at the event (as opposed to our former system of everyone signing in on the same sheet)
- Our Introduction and closing circles will be a lot shorter to minimize time we are gathered as a group
- Our events are shorter, many sites do not have restroom facilities open yet.
- Do not attend if you have been sick, traveling or experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms
- Register in advance for the event
- Bring your own cloth mask and wear it during the event (we will have limited disposable masks to give a volunteer who does not have one)
- Bring your own work gloves (we will have gardening gloves that we can give a volunteer who does not have their own)
- Bring your own water bottle, we will not have any snacks or drinking water available
- Do not expect restrooms to be open. Many sites have port-a-potties available but only a limited number of restrooms are open as of June 15, 2020.
Read King County Parks' coronavirus updates on The Plog.
We lead community members in high quality service experiences in King County Parks with the goal of connection and engagement in the health of our parks. Together with our partners, we lead an average of 10,000 volunteers a year performing restoration, park improvement and building and maintaining trails. We weave environmental education into every event, to make for a rewarding and productive day in the park.
We want to acknowledge that the work we do takes place on the occupied traditional land of the Coast Salish People. They have cared for this land for thousands of years so we recognize we are not the first to help as stewards. (To find out more about Native Land, check out this interactive map: https://native-land.ca/)
Youth for Parks Winter Workshop Series (Paid)This virtual program is an opportunity for young people in grades 9-12 to participate in a series of Zoom sessions on various environmental topics related to parks and green space. This one-time opportunity will involve a co-design process where participating youth work with Parks staff on our new summer internship program for high school students.
We firmly believe that youth programs should be informed by young people like you, so apply and be part of this process! Participants will receive a stipend for doing the workshop.
To apply, download the application here.
Or download the flyer and share with others.
If you do not have access to a printer, please contact our Volunteer Program Education Coordinator via email or calling 206-276-5773.
Check out our new Volunteer Event Registration Portal to view and sign up for projects!
To inquire about a custom volunteer event for your school, group or business, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Lina Rose or at 206.477.6101.
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Learn about all of King County's volunteer opportunities at The Dirt: Calendar of Hands-on Volunteer Opportunities.
What’s it like to Volunteer with King County Parks?
Could not get all this work done without our partners leading events!
- Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Volunteer - Mountains To Sound Greenway Trust
- Washington Trails Association
Volunteer Opportunities on Trail — Washington Trails Association
- Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Events
- Eastside Audubon Society
Volunteer — Eastside Audubon Society
- Snoqualmie Tribe