Herring's House: Duwamish River

Join EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership as we work in this park located along the Duwamish River (Seattle’s only river!). IN 1999, Herring’s House was built around a constructed intertidal estuary to help young Chinook salmon. The park features a picnic area, viewpoints of the Duwamish River, and trails.

This site is not well suited for groups of youth, please contact volunteer@earthcorps.org with questions.

The Basics

EarthCorps supplies 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! 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: work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, etc.)
  • Rain gear and warm layers (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
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. Please get in touch with volunteer@earthcorps.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 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 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. 

Directions

Closest Address4700 West Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106 (For Google maps, you can also search for the "Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center", the park is across the street from that.)

By Car:
  • From I-5, take exit 163A for W Seattle Bridge
  • Continue onto Spokane St Viaduct/West Seattle Bridge 0.7 mi
  • Take the exit toward Harbor Island/11th Ave S W 0.2 mi
  • Use the left lane to turn slightly right onto SW Spokane St Bridge 335 ft
  • Keep left to continue on SW Spokane St 0.6 mi
  • Turn right toward W Marginal Way SW 194 ft
  • Turn right onto W Marginal Way SW 1.0 mi
  • Herring’s House will be on the left. Keep an eye out for EarthCorps signs
By Bus:
- The bus can be tricky and would require some walking. There are many buses that go toward West Seattle but none that go along W Marginal Way.
- Be sure to check current routes on Metro Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
Sign UpSaturday, April 1st: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Number of volunteer positions available: 32