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Nora's Woods volunteer work party
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Current Projects

Our Gardens - Come get to know our specialty gardens and gardeners! Adult volunteers will assist skilled gardeners at these horticultural jewels.
  • Kubota Gardens - Attention Volunteers! Kubota Garden is looking for volunteers to assist our garden staff in all phases of caring for the Gardens including maintenance, renovation, and new development. This 20 acre American-Japanese garden if for you! A variety of projects are always in process. Guided assistance is needed in many areas: weeding, planting, garden bed drawing, turf maintenance, pond maintenance, irrigation plan development, pruning including specialized Japanese pine pruning, and garden building, especially using stone. What are your skills and interests? Contact Don Brooks, Senior Gardener, 206-684-4584
  • Volunteer Park Conservatory - Help improve the "First Impression" of the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Come weed and deadhead the Conservatory's front annual beds. Giselle Blythe, gardener 206 684 4745
  • WA Park Arboretum - Bring yourself or your small group to Azalea Way.We have hundreds of Azaleas! Tasks include weeding, raking, and mulching.Meet our gardening staff! Contact Rhonda Bush, team lead, at 206 941 2550
Improve our Shorelines - Shoreline restoration creates habitat for fish, birds and marine mammals and enhances the natural beauty of our beaches. Whether it is a beach/shoreline litter pick up or attacking invasive species opportunities await!
  • Bitter Lake Community Center Shoreline - Bitter Lake Community Center Playfield Shoreline needs small groups (20 or less) to pitch in an restore our piece of the shoreline! Contact Jesse Bonn NW Sr. Gardener,
  • Golden Gardens Park- The Dunes Restoration Project - Your group will clean up the dunes area, north of the bathhouse while looking at one of the best views of the Puget Sound. This may include putting on leather gloves to remove scotch broom, blackberry, false bamboo and litter. Contact Jesse Bonn 206 684 4958
Build a Forest - As open land shrinks and population grows, pressures on our urban forests has increased. With positive intervention we can overturn this trend. Removing invasive vegetation that smother native trees and shrubs and planting native plants will sustain forests for future generations.
  • Jackson Park Trail - Eagle Scout or group:Come make your mark: transform a wedge of woodland! Lead a restoration work party &bring your group; rescue ivy choked trees,clear blackberries for starters. We will supply direction,tools & best management practices (BMP's) for your project. Contact Elly Hale 206 679 0935
Your Neighborhood parks - We have 400 neighborhood parks! Bring your neighbors together and have fun supporting one of our featured park projects. Park enhancements include weeding shrub beds, mulching trees, ball field support, play area maintenance and invasive removal of "bully weeds".
  • Baker Park- A Pesticide Free Site - We are looking for small groups under 20 volunteers or long term individuals who will help us remove weeds from our native and butterfly gardens. Contact Jesse Bonn
  • Mount Baker Park - Bring yourself or your group to help restore and maintain this stately park's shrub beds by weeding and mulching the beds! Contact Paul Smith at
  • Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint. - Enjoy a beautiful view of the Olympics & Puget Sound after you've spent some time weeding a hillside with native plants. This beautiful little park was funded by neighbors' efforts. Contact Paul Smith at
  • North Acres Park - This awesome natural area park needs lots of hands and has the ability to host Eagle Scout projects and many energetic groups. Contact Jesse Bonn, NW Sr. Gardener at
  • Katie Black's Garden - This Japanese stroll garden is on Beacon Hill. This hidden gem fell into disrepair but steady effort has reclaimed most of the park. Be part of the effort to unearth a brick path or a rock wall that hasn't seen the light of day in years! Contact
Small Group and Scout Projects - Small Group and Eagle Scout Projects support park initiatives and infrastructure. You will make a big difference to Seattle's Parks and Green Spaces. The project list shows the parks projects our staff have requested, many of which require planning and fundraising. If you are a Scout, please review the Eagle Scout Information List and the Volunteer Behavior Expectations under Downloads on the Volunteer Web page while you review these available projects.
  • Beaver Pond Natural Area on Thornton Creek (Park #6 - Build a restoration work party! We will help you develop a plan, recruit volunteers and lead a forest work party. Contact Ruth Williams 206 930 8965
  • Camp Long Environmental Learning Center - Build signs and install them as your project! Come to Camp Long for our Challenge Course Elements. Fundraising for materials required. For more information call or txt Ken Turner at 206-399-2205.
  • Dr. Jose Rizal Park - We have multiple projects from which you can choose: forest restoration, trails, apple orchard restoration. You will develop a plan, possibly fundraise and then carry out the project. We will provide direction, some tools and materials list. Contact Craig Thompson, Forest Steward
  • Fauntleroy Park - Build Fauntleroy Park Wayfinding Posts! There will be a need to work with our community- Parks & the Fauntleroy Watershed Coalition. Help build, install, fundraise, & update plans! Contact Carol Baker, Crew Chief at 206 684 7457
  • Kingfisher Natural Area on Thornton Creek (Park #2) - Build a forest work party! We will supply direction, materials list, and help you to be successful. You will pick the project and lead the event day! Contact Rick Swing, Forest Steward - 206 250 8910 or
  • Kubota Gardens - Build a new trail! Create something permanent. This will be a new construction project in the Green Belt. We will require a plan, fundraise for materials, and follow Parks' guidance. Contact Don Brooks 206 684 4584
  • Lewis Park Natural Area - Build & lead your own forest project work party! As lead Eagle Scout, you will plan, recruit volunteers and lead a Lewis Park Natural Area work party. You may choose an existing event day or create your own day. We will supply direction, materials list, & best management practices for the project. Contact Dee Dunbar, Forest Steward 206 778 1377 or
  • Thornton Creek, Licorice Fern Natural Area (Park #1 - Work with us to put together work party plans for our NE community. Help us develop educational materials and informational signage. We will provide direction, support, and materials lists. Kelly Dole, Forest Steward - 206 696 3653

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Updated May 6, 2014


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