Kincaid Ravine: University of Washington

Join us as we create a native pollinator habitat in the largest remaining natural area on the University of Washington campus! EarthCorps is partnering with the UW’s Society for Ecological Restoration, the University of Washington Campus Sustainability Fund, and the King Conservation District to promote a healthy forest in this site, known as Kincaid Ravine. 

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.)

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

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Kincaid Ravine is located on the University of Washington campus, just south of the NE 45th St. bridge along the Burke-Gilman Trail. Due to limited parking in the area, we encourage volunteers to walk, bike, or bus to the event if possible. 
 
By Bus:
  • The nearest bus stop is at Montlake Blvd NE & NE 45th St.
  • Check current routes on King County’s Metro Trip Planner: tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
By Car:
  • From I-5 Northbound:
    • Exit at 168B onto WA-520 E toward Bellevue/Kirkland. 
    • Take the first exit toward Montlake Blvd E. 
    • At the traffic light, turn left onto Montlake Blvd. 
    • Continue 1 mile, merge left after the football stadium onto 25th Ave NE.
    • At the first light take a left onto NE 44th St, then an immediate left into the UW parking lot (note: this is a metered lot). 
    • Look for EarthCorps signs, we will be meeting in the grassy area along the Burke-Gilman Trail.
  • From I-5 Southbound:
    • Exit at 169 toward NE 45th St. 
    • At the light turn left onto NE 45th St. and continue 1 mile through the University District. 
    • At the bottom of the hill turn right onto Montlake Blvd NE, then an immediate right onto 44th St. NE. 
    • Continue past 25th Ave NE then turn left into the UW parking lot (note: this is a metered lot).
    • Look for EarthCorps signs, we will be meeting in the grassy area along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

No upcoming volunteer events for this location