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.
As of January 14th, many MLK volunteer events are full and no longer accepting volunteers but the following events still had openings. These events encourage families to participate – age restrictions, if any, are noted.. Note: Pre-registration is required and while these organizations encourage teen volunteers, unaccompanied youth (under age 18) will need to bring Youth Volunteer Waivers.
Dress for rain or shine in warm, dry layers that you don't mind getting dirty, as well as closed-toed sturdy shoes/boots. Bring a full water bottle and a pack lunch or snacks.
Saturday, January 16
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Tolt McDonald Park, Carnation. Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is partnering with Snoqualmie Tribe to plant native trees and shrubs along the lower Tolt and Snoqualmie Rivers at Tolt McDonald Park in Carnation. Sat, Jan 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open to all ages, children must be accompanied by adults. For more details and to register go here.
Green Seattle Partnership, Magnuson Park, Seattle. Come help one of the best forest sections of Magnuson Park. Work may include removing invasive plants such as bindweed or blackberry, spreading of wood chip mulch, and planting. Sat, Jan 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open to all ages. For more details and to register go here.
Green Seattle Partnership, Discovery Park, Seattle. Help heal the forest in Discovery Park by helping to plan native shrubs and trees where ivy and blackberries have been removed. Sat, Jan 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open to all ages. For more details and to register go here.
Monday January 18th
Green City Partnerships, Burke Gilman Trail, Seattle. Join a work party to help weed and plant along the Burke Gilman Trail from NE 50th to NE 40th. They will provide a mid-morning coffee break with treats. All ages are welcome. Mon, Jan 18, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. For more details and to register go here.
Seattle Tilth, Red Barn Ranch, Auburn. Seattle Tilth will be hosting an event to plant a variety of trees and shrubs at their Red Barn Ranch to not only filter polluted water in order to keep the Green River clean but to also support bees and other farming-friendly creatures. While you are there, check out the chicken and pigs and Trout, the farm dog. Mon, Jan 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Open to ages 5 and up when accompanied by an adult, must be 15 to volunteer unaccompanied by an adult. For more details and to register go here.
Green Seattle Partnership, Me-Kwaa-Mooks Park, Seattle. Volunteers will remove invasive plant species and replace them with Pacific Northwest Natives. Mon, Jan 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open to ages. For more details and to register go here.
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. Mon, Jan 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more details and to register go here.