Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities for Families on MLK Weekend
Join thousands of volunteers nationwide in making MLK Day "a day ON, not a day OFF!" The Martin Luther King holiday weekend has become a traditional time for community volunteer events that help get parks, wetlands and other outdoor spaces in good shape for the spring, in honor of Dr. King’s commitment to creating healthy communities where all people can thrive.
If you do decide to pitch in, make sure to dress for rain or shine in warm, dry layers that you don't mind getting dirty, as well as closed-toed sturdy shoes or boots. Don't forget to bring a full water bottle and a pack lunch or snacks.
Saturday, January 13
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Greenway Nursery, Issaquah
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is showing some love to their own nursery for the holiday. The Greenway Native PLant Nursery is home to nearly 15,000 trees and shrubs. They are potted by volunteers and grow for 1-2 years before being planted in parks and forests along I-90. Help complete this important first step to keeping our natural areas healthy. Open to all ages, children under 13 must be accompanied by adults. Pre-register. Saturday, January 13, 10 am—2 pm.
Green Seattle Partnership, Maple Wood Playfield, Seattle
Come out and help the SCA (Student Conservation Association) maintain their hard work at the Maple Wood Playfield by weeding out regrowth of invasive plants and mulching around the young native trees and shrubs. Open to the public, all ages. Pre-registration required. Saturday, January 13, 10 am—2 pm.
Monday January 15th
Seward Park Audubon Center, Seward Park, Seattle
Come plant native trees and shrubs in the meadow overlooking Lake Washington. Tools, gloves, training, snacks and coffee provided. Bring the whole family! High school students are eligible for four service credit hours. Pre-registration required. Monday, Jan 15, 10 a.m. – noon.
Nature Consortium, Pigeon Point Park, Seattle
Volunteers will contribute to different environmental restoration projects around Pigeon Point Park in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Experienced staff members will provide all the needed tools and training. Work parties are often accompanied by live music for an added fun bonus. Age 5 minimum with adult. Pre-registration required. Monday, January 15, 10 am—2 pm.
The United Way of King County, Various locations
The United Way has a myriad of projects to choose from throughout the holiday weekend—from painting and planting to other reforestation and outdoor events. Pick one or more and register as a group or individual.