Fall Planting at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park: Redmond

Join EarthCorps and the Green Redmond Partnership as we work in Farrel-McWhirter Park! The plan for the day is to plant trees and shrubs along Mackey Creek and in the adjacent wetlands.
 
Mackey Creek flows through Farrel-McWhirter Park and is home to local coho salmon and cutthroat trout. The stream and wetlands need some extra help so come and make them a healthier place for wildlife!
 
 

The Basics

We 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 Redmond Partnership: an alliance between the City of Redmond, nonprofit partners, businesses, and the community to restore natural areas in the city. For more information, please visit: forterra.org/subpage/green-redmond-partnership

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 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.)

Groups

If 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 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 meet 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

Meet in the Farrel-McWhirter Park NORTH parking lot near the kiosk. (Note: Google maps will direct you to the southern parking lot)

From Avondale Road:
- Turn east onto NE 116th St, continue for 0.7 mi
- Turn right onto 196th Ave NE, continue for 0.3 mi
- The park will be on the right, just past the Powerline Trail, continue into the park to the north parking lot
 
From I-5 or I-405:
- Take the exit for Washington 520 east
- Follow 520 east toward Redmond
- Continue onto Avondale Rd for 2.2 mi
- Follow directions above

By Bus: Check current routes on Metro's Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

No upcoming volunteer events for this location