Ravenna Park: University District

Join EarthCorps, the Green Seattle Partnership and Seattle Parks and Recreation as we work together to keep Ravenna Park healthy! You may have driven right over Ravenna Park and never realized that it was there! Hidden in a ravine that stretches under 15th Ave East lies 50 acres of park complete with a gorgeous creek and tons of tall, tall trees. Ravenna Park has been in use since the 1880s when visitors paid 25 cents to marvel at the giant Douglas fir that called the park home. These days, we are working to preserve this hidden oasis. Come help us keep Ravenna Parks' Ravine beautiful!
 

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

MEETING LOCATON CHANGE! 
We will be meeting at the east end of the park in the grassy field just north of the tennis courts and play structure. This is near the intersection of NE Ravenna Blvd and Ravenna Ave NE. 


I-5 Northbound: 

  • Exit at the NE 65th St.
  • Turn right on to Ravenna Blvd and continue through the neighborhood
  • Turn LEFT onto NE Ravenna Blvd and enter the small parking lot. If the parking lot is full, look for street parking along NE Ravenna Blvd
I-5 Southbound: 
  • Take the N 85th St/NE 80th St exit. 
  • Follow the sign to NE 80th St. 
  • Go east on NE 80th St to 15th Avenue NE. 
  • Turn right on to 15th Avenue NE to Ravenna Blvd. 
  • Turn left on to Ravenna Blvd. 
  • Take Ravenna Blvd through the neighborhood
  • Turn LEFT onto NE Ravenna Blvd and enter the small parking lot. If the parking lot is full, look for street parking along NE Ravenna Blvd

No upcoming volunteer events for this location