Japanese Gulch: Mukilteo (Steward led)
Join Earthcorps and the City of Mukilteo's park stewards to help restore this beautiful 147 acre forested park. Recently purchased by the city and saved from development, Japanese Gulch provides essential habitat to a wide range of wildlife -- including eagles, deer, coyotes,and salmon-- and offers great recreational opportunities for the surrounding community!
The BasicsWe will supply the gloves and tools and 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 video may give you a better idea of what to expect.
This event is led by the The City of Mukileo's Stewards who are part of a program that matches enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to habitat restoration sites in need of longterm stewardship.
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
- Full water bottle
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.)
GroupsIf 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 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 meet 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.
DirectionsMeeting Location: The Mukilteo Community Garden at 44th Ave W & 76th St SW, Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Take exit 189 for WA-99 S/WA-526 W toward Everett Mall Way/WA-527 S/Broadway/Whidbey Island Ferry. 0.2 mi
- Follow signs for WA-526 and follow WA 526 west. 4.1 mi
- Turn right onto 40th Ave W. 0.2 mi
- 40th Ave W turns left and becomes 78th St SW. 0.2 mi
- Turn right onto 44th Ave W
- The entrance to the Community Garden is at the corner of 44th Ave W and 76th St. SW
- Enter this “driveway” and head north toward the garden.
- There should be space for parking in this area, but please avoid parking directly in front of the garden itself.