Pollinator Planting on the Burke-Gilman Trail: Wallingford

Join EarthCorps, King Conservation District, and the Friends of the Burke Gilman trail as we plant some native wildflowers along the Burke-Gilman Trail to help local pollinators!

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
  • If you have a favorite pair of gloves, feel free to bring them (otherwise we're happy to provide a pair)
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.)


If you are coming as a group, the group leaders are expected to have an active role in our events. After registering your group, please get in touch with volunteer@earthcorps.org 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. 


Meeting Location: Meet on the Burke-Gilman trail, just uphill from the intersection of North 36th Street and North Northlake Way.

Parking: Find (legal) parking along North Northlake Way and walk uphill to the meeting location. 

By Bus: Be sure to check current routes on Metro Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
By Car (there are many ways to get there, below are just some more simple routes):
From I-5:
  • Take exit 169 for NE 45th St
  • Go west on NE 45th and follow it into Wallingford
  • Turn left onto Corlis Ave N
  • Follow Corlis Ave as it goes downhill through Wallingford
  • When Corlis intersects with N Pacific St., continue across Pacific and across the Burke Gilman trail to get down to Northlake Way.   
From 99 Southbound:
  • Turn right on N 39th St.
  • Take a sharp left on Fremont Way N.
  • Turn left on N 38th St and follow it UNDER WA-99/Aurora Ave
  • Turn right on Stone Way N.
  • Follow Stone Way N downhill (to the south) until it ends and curves left into N Northlake Way
  • Follow N Northlake Way, passing Gas Works Park, to where it intersects with N 36th St
From 99 Northbound:
  • From the aurora bridge, stay in the right late to turn right on Bridge Way N.
  • Take an quick right on N 38th St.
  • Turn right on Stone Way N.
  • Follow Stone Way N downhill (to the south) until it ends and curves left into N Northlake Way
  • Follow N Northlake Way, passing Gas Works Park, to where it intersects with N 36th St

No upcoming volunteer events for this location