Hutt Park: Edmonds (Puget Sound Steward Led)Join EarthCorps and the City of Edmonds as we work to care for one of the last patches of Old Growth forest in the area! Hutt Park is home to trees that are over 150 ft tall and nearly 600 years old and a variety of wildlife. These are currenlty threatened by aggressive English ivy growing in the park, which is why we're taking the ivy out and replanting with native plants!
The BasicsWe will supply the gloves and tools and 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 video may give you a better idea of what to expect.
This event is led by the Puget Sound Stewards, who are part of our program that matches enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to nearshore habitat restoration sites in need of longterm stewardship.
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
What will volunteers be doing at the event?While the exact tasks at hand vary, our projects focus on improving the forests, shorelines, and parks in our local cities. Healthy and thriving forests and shorelines 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 and integral role in our events. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org before the event 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 meet 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.
Youth and school groups are welcome to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Team to take care of all necessary preparations.
DirectionsDirections: 187th St SW, Edmonds, WA 98026
From I-5 North
- Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 177 to merge onto WA-104 W/NE 205th St/Lake Ballinger Way
- Continue on 95th Pl W. Take 9th Ave S to 187th St SW
- Turn right onto 95th Pl W
- Turn left onto 220th St SW
- Turn right onto 9th Ave S
- Turn right onto 9th Ave N
- Continue onto Puget Dr
- Turn left onto Olympic View Dr
- Turn right onto 190th Pl SW
- Turn left onto 94th Ave W
- Turn right onto 187th St SW
- Park will be on your left
- Continue on I-5 S to Lynnwood. Take exit 181 from I-5 S
- Merge onto I-5 S
- Take exit 181 to merge onto WA-524 W/196th St SW
- Continue on WA-524 W/196th St SW. Drive to 187th St SW in Edmonds
- Merge onto WA-524 W/196th St SW
- Turn right onto 88th Ave W
- Turn left onto 188th St SW
- Turn right onto 92nd Ave W
- Turn left onto 187th St SW
- Park will be on your right