Fall Planting at Everest Park: KirklandJoin EarthCorps and the Green Kirkland Partnership as we continue to work in Everest Park! This 21 acre park is home to Everest Creek which has been identified as an excellent source of clean water feeding into Lake Washington and Puget Sound. By restoring the forests surrounding Everest Creek, we are creating a natural buffer that filters stormwater entering the creek to keep this water source healthy and clean!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
DirectionsApproximate Address: 500 8th St S Kirkland, WA 98033
Meeting Location: We will be meeting at the gazebo near north parking
By Bus: Be sure to check King County Metro's online trip planner for current routes: tripplanner.kingcounty.gov
By Car from I-405 North or South:
- Take the NE 85TH ST (Exit 18) toward KIRKLAND
- Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto NE 85TH ST / WA-908
- Turn LEFT onto KIRKLAND WAY
- Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto RAILROAD AVE RAILROAD AVE becomes 8TH ST S
- Turn left into the south parking lot at Everest Park (If you park in the north lot you will need to walk across the park towards the ball fields to the south end).