Panther Lake: Federal Way

Join EarthCorps and the City of Federal Way as we work at the Panther Lake Open Space, a 78.72 acre greenspace which serves as wonderful habitat with a year-round body of water and forested walking trails. Open space trail system around Panther Lake connects to the BPA Trail and the West Campus Trail. Wetland areas such as Panther Lake provide essential wildlife habitat and attractive places for people to relax, stroll and learn about rich natural ecosystems.

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! Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.

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 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)
  • 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.)


If 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 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. 


Approximate Address: 450 SW Campus Dr, Federal Way, WA 98023

By Bus:
Be sure to check current routes on Metro Trip Planner:

By Car from I-5:
  • Take Exit 142-B in Federal Way.
  • Head West on S. 348th Street. You will cross over Enchanted Parkway and Pacific Highway.
  • After passing the park ‘n’ ride on the south side of the road, the road curves north and becomes SW Campus Drive. 
  • Look for the orange Earth Corps sign and pull into 3rd or 4th entrance into the King County Aquatic Center.  Everyone will be meeting at the lot behind the Aquatic Center*
*PARKING NOTE:  The closest parking is at the King County Aquatic Center. They often have events on Saturdays so parking may be limited. The next closest option is street parking in the nearby neighborhoods, such as along SW 345th St. or at the nearby elementary school. If not parking at the Aquatic Center, give yourself 10-20 minutes to make it to the work site!
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By Bus:

Be sure to check current routes on Metro Trip Planner:
Sign UpSaturday, July 21st: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Number of volunteer positions available: 30