Tacoma OSP: Blix

Join EarthCorps and the City of Tacoma at one of our newest sites, Blix! Adjacent to Blix Elementary School on the Eastside,this small site is an important neighborhood stormwater collection area and part of the First Creek and Swan Creek systems. Volunteers are needed to remove blackberry and ivy in preparation for replanting with natives.

The Basics

EarthCorps is working with the City of Tacoma's Open Spaces program to lead volunteer events at several open space sites around Tacoma. We will teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health, and the importance of the work you will be doing. No experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new!
!!  NEW SAFE START/COVID-19 PROTOCOLS – PLEASE READ BELOW  !!


 

For your safety and comfort please bring:

!!  NEW SAFE START/COVID-19 PROTOCOLS  !!
As part of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan, EarthCorps is restarting outdoor volunteer events in alignment with Phase 2 in Tacoma. EarthCorps’ top priority remains keeping staff, corps members, stewards and our extended community healthy and safe during this public health crisis. We know you are excited to get back to restoring our public open spaces, so we have implemented some new procedures and protocols to help you do so safely.

Here is what you can expect for our restart of Tacoma Open Space Program volunteer events:
 
  • Smaller events – In keeping with the Governor’s Safe Start plan, events will be limited to five volunteers per event. No exceptions.
     
  • Pre-registration will be required for all events. No walk-up/last-minute volunteering at this time. We need to know what to be prepared for, thank you for understanding. Register as usual at www.earthcorps.org/volunteer
     
  • Digital QR Code Sign In - Day of event sign-in is now digital. No more pen and paper. Once you arrive, locate the QR Code Sign In, scan the event QR code with your smart mobile phone and check submit to sign yourself in. If you don’t have a phone your event lead will sign you in digitally. Again, you must be pre-registered to sign in.
     
  • Face Masks Required - You will be required wear a mask to the event and wear it during the event at all times. Appropriate masks must fit snugly over the nose and mouth. While cloth masks are recommended, disposable masks are allowed as well as plastic face shields. No bandanas.
     
  • Bring your own work gloves. We will not be supplying work gloves at this time to protect our staff and you. Volunteers must have gloves to volunteer. Please bring your own gloves for your comfort and safety. Leather, cow hide, or cloth/rubber work gloves work best.
     
  • Social-distancing during the event. Work will be organized around maintaining a minimum distance between persons of at least 6 feet at all times. Please respect other volunteers and staff and maintain social distancing at all times while volunteering.
     
  • Hand-washing, tool sharing and tool sanitizing – Volunteers will be required to wash their hands before and after using the restroom, and during the event as needed. Hand sanitizer will also be provided at the event. Volunteers will be assigned tools for their exclusive use during the event and tool sharing will not be allowed unless volunteers are members of the same household or unless that tool has been sanitized by your event lead. Common use tools will be sanitized between each use.
     
  • Hospitality at the event – while we are glad you are with us, we will no longer be providing water, shared coffee, snacks, during our events, for your protection. We recommend you bring your own water and snacks to the event and do not share these with other volunteers. Please be sure to come prepared and bring all that you may need to the event.
It is our commitment to run safe volunteer events, please do your part to volunteer responsibly and follow all state and county COVID-19 guidelines. You can read through our COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines here.
 


Plan for your volunteer event

Pre-Register
Make sure you pre-register for your volunteer opportunity. If you are under 18 years old, make sure your parent/guardian completes your waiver which is required in order for you to participate.

Day of Event 
Please take your temperature before you leave the house. If you have a temperature of 100.4 or more,  feel sick, or have any of the symptoms below, please stay home. 

At the start of the event,  volunteers will need to attest that they are not currently experiencing, nor have they experienced any of the following symptoms in the last few days:
 
  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • chills
  • shaking with chills
  • loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhea
  • any other common COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC;
  • and that no one in your household is suspected of having or has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • and that, to the best of your knowledge, you have not been exposed to someone within the previous 10 days who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
If you have experienced one of these symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you will be asked to leave.

FOR YOUR COMFORT…
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves (helps protect against prickly plants) and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty or possibly damaged – because it will!
  • Wear sturdy, closed toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and that won’t collect weed seeds (such as work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, etc. Nylon laces are preferred over cotton laces. Note: closed-toed shoes are required. No sandals, flip-flops, flats or heels).
  • Bring rain gear and warm layers -OR- sun protection as needed.
  • Bring your own water and snacks (to refuel).
  • Bring your own work gloves.
The event will happen rain or shine!

What will volunteers be doing at the event?

While the exact tasks can vary, our projects focus on improving the forests and parks in our local cities. Healthy and thriving forests are vital to our community because they absorb and filter rain water, produce clean oxygen, provide living spaces for wildlife, and create a place for people to connect with the outdoors.
 
In order to help create healthy forests, the work can include:
  • Removing aggressive weeds (like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry)
  • Maintaining areas where these weeds have been removed (weeding or spreading mulch)
  • Planting trees and shrubs during the rainy season (often ~Oct.-Feb.)

Groups

We are not accepting groups at this time.

Youth Policy

Youth under the age of 18 must fill out the digital waiver during registration. The waiver must then be verified digitally by the parent, guardian or adult responsible for the youth.

Directions

E. 40th St. Just east of Howe St. Look for the orange EarthCorps signs. As this is a residential cul-de-sac, please do not block driveways and mailboxes when parking. 
Sign UpSaturday, December 5th: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Number of volunteer positions available: 2