Kingsgate Park in Kirkland
Join the Green Kirkland Partnership and EarthCorps and help volunteer to kick-off restoration at Kingsgate Park.
This park features beautiful rustic trails winding through a stand of mature conifer and deciduous trees and a wonderful full tree canopy. Your help is needed to cut and pull invasive ivy from these majestic trees and restore the depleted native understory by planting trees, shrubs and groundcovers.
The BasicsWe supply 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 prior experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new!
This project is part of a larger collaboration known as the Green Kirkland Partnership: an alliance between the City of Kirkland, nonprofit partners, businesses, and the community to restore natural areas in the city. For more information, please visit www.greenkirkland.org.
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 (check the weather!)
- Sack lunch and snacks
- Full water bottle
- 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)
What will volunteers be doing at the event?While the exact tasks at hand 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 naturally 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
- Planting trees and shrubs during the rainy season (often Oct.-Feb.)
GroupsIf 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 email@example.com 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 PolicyYouth 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. NOTE: This event requires the City of Kirkland's youth waiver (not the EarthCorps youth waiver), so please double check that you have the correct document.
Youth and school groups are welcome to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Team to take care of all necessary preparations.
Directions: Address of park is 116th Ave NE & NE 140th St, Kirkland, WA 98034. Meet at the entrance to the park.
I-405 S Southbound
- Take exit 22 for NE 160th St
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto NE 160th St/Juanita Woodinville Way NE
- Continue to follow NE 160th St
- Turn right onto 119th Ave NE
- Continue onto NE 143rd St
- Continue onto 117th Pl NE
- Turn right onto NE 140th St
- Head north on I-405 N
- Take exit 20B for Totem Lake Boulevard
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Totem Lake Blvd
- Continue onto 116th Ave NE
- Turn left onto NE 140th St