Duwamish Alive Earth Day Event: West SeattleDuwamish Alive collaborates with community, municipalities, non-profits and businesses within the Duwamish River watershed to preserve and enhance habitat for people and wildlife and improving the health of Puget Sound. As a Duwamish Alive member organization, EarthCorps supports this vision of creating a River for All. Hundreds of volunteers will work with Duwamish Alive member organizations to make a huge impact on the health of the Duwamish River Watershed.
EarthCorps and Nature Consortium are joining forces again for the 11th Annual Duwamish Alive Earth Day event at the West Duwamish Greenbelt/Pigeon Point Park. Join us, the Green Seattle Partnership and a host of partners and volunteers as we continue to restore the largest contiguous greenbelt in Seattle.
The BasicsEarthCorps 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: 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
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.)
GroupsIf you are coming as a group, the group leaders are expected to have an active 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 help guide 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.
Youth and school groups are welcome to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Team to take care of all necessary preparations.
Volunteer Registration will be open at 9:30 am. Please allow plenty of time to arrive and sign in so we can get started at 10am!
Pathfinder School/Pigeon Point Park/West Duwamish Greenbelt
1901 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98106
Parking will be extremely limitied! Please carpool, or use public transportation!
From I-5 or Route 99 (heading north or south):
- Take the West Seattle Bridge exit off either highway.
- From the bridge take the Delridge Way SW/South Seattle Comm. College exit (right hand exit).
- The exit will wind around to the left & turn into Delridge Way.
- At the first light, turn left at SW Andover St.
- Turn right at 21st Ave. SW.
- Turn left at SW Genesee St.
- Park in the school’s parking lot.
The closest bus stop is at Delridge Way SW & SW Genesee St. Please use the Metro Trip Planner to find the best route to the event: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/