MLK Day of Service at Wilburton Hill Park: Bellevue

The City of Bellevue invites everyone to make this a DAY ON to help the forest of Wilburton Hill Park! At 105.49 acres, Wilburton Hill is the largest upland park in the city, encompassing a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The park’s trail is a major link in the Lake to Lake Trail and Greenway System, and its forest plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy ecosystems in the heart of Bellevue. To ensure the health of this forest for generations to come, we will plant hundreds of baby evergreen trees!


This event is hosted by the Natural Resources Division of Bellevue Parks & Community Services. The Natural Resources team stewards the forests, trails, and street trees that make our community great!

The Basics

EarthCorps and City of Bellevue Natural Resources Division will 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 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 City of Bellevue's Liability 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

Approximate Address: 12400 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005

Meeting Location: Registration will be at the entrance of the park at the NE corner of the parking lot.

Directions from 405-N:
  • Take exit 12 toward 116th Avenue Southeast
  • Take Main St to 124th Ave NE
  • Use any lane to turn left onto Lake Hills Connector
  • Continue onto 116th Ave SE
  • Turn right onto SE 1st St E
  • Turn right onto Main St
  • Entrance will be on your right as Main St turns into 124th Ave
Directions from 405-S:
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 13B for NE 8th St E
  • Merge onto NE 8th St
  • Turn right onto 124th Ave NE
  • Entrance will be on your left as 124th Ave NE turns into Main St

Bus: Check current routes on King County Metro’s Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

Parking: There is a parking lot at the park
Full
Monday, January 20th: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
This volunteer event is currently full! Please contact The Volunteer Team if you are still interested in joining.