Tacoma Open Space Habitat Walk: Wapato Hills Park
Join EarthCorps and the City of Tacoma for an engaging and informational interpretive walk at one of our urban open space sites and get inspired to join our efforts to help restore these spaces. You'll learn about the ecological value of the site, about native and invasive plants, and about how you can connect with these sites on a deeper level. The interpretive walks will be co-led by EarthCorps Americorp specialists who are eager to share and engage the community.
The walks will be held in two shifts and will be limited to five people per shift in alignment with current COVID-19 guidelines. Masks and social-distancing will be required during the event.
After the walk, stay in touch with EarthCorps for news about more fun and engaging activities to come this October 8 - 11 during Green Tacoma Days!
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 and educational 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 events:
- Smaller events – In keeping with the Governor’s Safe Start plan, events will be limited to five volunteers/participants per event. No exceptions. In some cases, we may hold separate shifts during the day to accommodate more participants.
- Pre-registration will be required for all events. No walk-up/last-minute volunteering/participating 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 to the event, 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. Appropriate masks must fit over the nose and mouth. While cloth masks are recommended, disposable masks are allowed as well as plastic face shields.
- Social-distancing during the event. Activities will be organized around maintaining a minimum distance between persons of at least 6 feet at all times. Please respect other volunteers, participants and staff and maintain social distancing at all times.
- Hospitality at the event – while we are glad you are with us, however, we will not be providing water, coffee, or 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
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/participants will need to attest that they are not currently experiencing, nor have they experienced any of the following symptoms in the last few days:
- shortness of breath
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- shaking with chills
- loss of taste or smell
- 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 safety and comfort:
- We will be hiking through sites with groomed or dirt trails with moderate to moderate-high elevation gains in spots.
- Hiking shoes or other sturdy shoes recommended.
- Comfortable outdoor clothing recommended (check the weather before heading out).
- Hat, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent recommended.
- Please bring your own water and snack for re-hydrating/refueling.
- Please bring your mask or face covering.
- Portable toilets will be available on site.
- Walk duration will be around 90 minutes.
- The event will be held rain or shine.
What will volunteers be doing at the event?
Our Americorps specialists look forward to leading you on a walk around our open space sites and sharing information about the unique features of these sites, restoration goals, site history, native and invasive plants, all while encouraging you to connect to our urban open spaces in a deeper way. Come prepared to learn, engage, ask questions and connect to nature!
-Our events are currently limited to five participants. Groups up to five may register for this event as long as their is space. When registering, be sure to list the number of people.
-Youth under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult for this event.
Meet at S. 62nd and S. Wapato Street. Parking permits required for parking along S. Wapato and available from event lead.