Nature Trails: Normandy Park

Join EarthCorps and the City of Normandy Park as we work to restore this 19 acre wooded nature park that represents almost 1/4 of Normandy Park's undeveloped public green space! Nature Trails is centrally located and features seven acres of wetland, a trail system, and a rain garden.  

The Basics

EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water and snack bars. 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! Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.

This video may give you a better idea of what to expect.

For your safety and comfort please bring:

  • Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
  • Long pants and long sleeves (helps protect against prickly plants)
  • Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required such as work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, etc.NO sandals, flats or heels)
  • Rain gear and warm layers -OR- sun protection (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks (to refuel)
  • Full water bottle (we will have a jug on-site for re-fills)
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee
  • If you have a favorite pair of gloves, feel free to bring them (otherwise we're happy to provide a pair)
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

If you are coming as a group, the group leaders are expected to have an active role in our events. After registering your group, please get in touch with volunteer@earthcorps.org to make sure everything is in order. On the day of the event, make yourself known to the staff (in bright yellow vests) and arrive early in order to help guide your group members.

Youth Policy

Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 that are not with a parent or guardian must bring a filled out Youth Waiver the day of the event.
 
Youth and school groups are welcome to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Team to take care of all necessary preparations. 

Directions

Approx. Address:  19250 Marine View Dr SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166
Meeting Location: TBD

Directions:

From I-5 S:
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 162 for Corson Ave toward Michigan St
  • Use the right lane to merge onto Corson Ave S
  • Turn right onto S Michigan St
  • Use the right lane to merge onto WA-509 S/WA-99 S/1st Ave S Bridge via the ramp to WA-509
  • Continue to follow WA-509 S
  • Take the S. 160th St. exit
  • Turn right onto S 160th St
  • Turn left onto 1st Ave S
  • Turn right onto SW Normandy Rd
  • Continue onto SW Normandy Terrace
  • Slight left onto SW Shoremont Ave
  • Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto Marine View Dr SW
  • Turn left onto 8th Ave SW
  • Destination will be on the right
Sign UpThursday, March 28th: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Number of volunteer positions available: 27