Green Tacoma Day at Julia's Gulch (Planting)

Julia's Gulch is an approximately 32-acre site located north of the Hylebos Waterway on Norpoint Way NE.The gulch's namesake, "Julia" was a native American woman who lived in the area.  The gulch serves as a natural buffer between neighborhoods in North Tacoma and the industrial areas in the Port of Tacoma. The gulch has a loop trail which provides opportunities to hike and get up close to nature. The Friends of Julia's Gulch have been engaged in restoration efforts for several years and we are continuing that work in partnership with the City of Tacoma. If you've never been to Julia's Gulch, Green Tacoma Day provides a great opportunity to get out and explore this hidden gem!

We will be planting trees and native shrubs in the upper portion of the gulch on Green Tacoma Day!  Bring a friend, or your family and join us!

The Basics


Connect with nature Saturday, October 12th!
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tacoma’s parks and open spaces need your help! These natural resources provide people with clean air, clean water, and access to nature. Keeping them healthy is a community effort. Join hundreds of volunteers this fall as we work to keep Tacoma green and volunteer at one of fourteen event sites around the city. Volunteers will plant and mulch trees and shrubs, pull invasive weeds, and remove litter.
It’s easy to volunteer!
Register your group, family, or as an individual for a fun morning of service. We will supply gloves, tools, water and snacks. 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 have fun and learn something new!

Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.

For your safety and comfort please bring:

  • Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
  • Work gloves
  • 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) (We will also have snacks provided by Marlene's Market & Deli!)
  • Full water bottle (we will have a jug on-site for re-fills)
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee (Thanks to Starbucks for providing coffee!)
The event will happen rain or shine!


If you are coming as a group, the group leaders are expected to have an active role in our events. Please get in touch with your site leader before the event to make sure everything is in order. On the day of the event, make yourself known to the staff and arrive early in order to help guide your group members.


101 Norpoint Way NE
Tacoma, WA 98422

Vehicles can be parked at View Point Park. Keep valuables hidden and stored out of site, or bring them with you. We will be working adjacent to the gravel parking area about 1/4 mile north of the main parking lot. Follow the EarthCorps signs along the main access trail and walk to the work area. 

Map to walk to work site from parking lot.

No upcoming volunteer events for this location