Watershed Park: KirklandJoin EarthCorps and the Green Kirkland Partnership as we work to improve the health of Watershed Park. The park provides many trails and about 70 acres of space for wildlife to live.
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
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 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. (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.
Watershed Park (5000 block of 112th Ave. NE, South of NE 53rd Street, Kirkland 98033):
From 520: Take the 108th Avenue NE Exit. Merge onto 108th Ave. If coming from the west, merge onto 108th Ave NE. If coming from the east, turn right onto 108th Ave NE. Go straight on 108th Ave NE. Turn right/east on NE 53th St after Emerson High School. Turn right/south on 112th Ave NE and registration is at the end of this road. Park along 112th Ave.
From 405: Take exit 17 towards NE 70th Pl. Turn left (west) onto NE 72nd Pl (becomes NE 68th St). After 0.4 mile, turn left onto 108th Ave. NE. After 0.8 mile turn left onto NE 53rd St. Take a right/south onto 112th Ave NE and registration is at the end of this road. Park along 112th Ave.
Watershed Park 112th Avenue NE Entrance