Green Tacoma Day at Mason Gulch (Planting)

Join us for Green Tacoma Day at Mason Gulch in the North End!  Mason Gulch is a steeply sloped, 39-acre open space area near the west shore of Commencement Bay in Tacoma. Historically, Mason Gulch served as a fresh water supply for early Tacoma residents. Today, millions of gallons of water flow through the gulch before entering the bay. Almost all of Mason Gulch is classified as a Critical Area due to the presence of steep slopes, wetlands and wetland buffers, streams and stream buffers. Mason Gulch is designated by the Washington State Department of Wildlife (WDFW) as priority habitat.

Our work takes place in the lower, flatter portion of the Gulch. For Green Tacoma Day, we'll be planting conifer trees to help achieve a sustainable target ecosystem, improve wildlife habitat and maximize storm water benefits.

Contact Dan Enbysk with any questions about this event.

The Basics


Connect with nature Saturday, October 12th!
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tacoma’s parks and open spaces need your help! These natural resources provide people with clean air, clean water, and access to nature. Keeping them healthy is a community effort. Join hundreds of volunteers this fall as we work to keep Tacoma green and volunteer at one of fourteen event sites around the city. Volunteers will plant and mulch trees and shrubs, pull invasive weeds, and remove litter.
It’s easy to volunteer!
Register your group, family, or as an individual for a fun morning of service. We will supply gloves, tools, water and snacks. 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 have fun and learn something new!

Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.

For your safety and comfort please bring:

  • Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
  • Work gloves
  • 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) (We will also have snacks provided by Marlene's Market & Deli!)
  • Full water bottle (we will have a jug on-site for re-fills)
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee (Thanks to Starbucks for providing coffee!)
The event will happen rain or shine!


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 your site leader before the event to make sure everything is in order. On the day of the event, make yourself known to the staff and arrive early in order to help guide your group members.


Meet at the North End Wastewater Treatment Plant. 4002 N Waterview St, Tacoma, WA 98407 (Just off of Ruston Way). Parking is somewhat limited at the treatment plant, so volunteers are highly encouraged to carpool. Overflow parking is available across Ruston Way at Cummings Park.

No upcoming volunteer events for this location