Help Create a Healthy Forest at Wildwood Park (Mercer Island)


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Cause Areas

When

Sat Mar 03, 2018, 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Where

Wildwood Park7400 86th Ave SEMercer Island, WA 98040

About

Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island as celebrate MLK Weekend of Service with a day of urban forest restoration! Wildwood Park is a great neighborhood 'pocket park' that dedicated community members have been working in for years but could use some extra helping hands.

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
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.)
GroupsIf you are coming as a group, the group leaders are expected to have an active role in our events. Please get in touch with volunteer@earthcorps.org before the event 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 Teamto take care of all necessary preparations. Directions Approximate Address: 7400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

By Car:
  • From I-90, take the Island Crest Way exit
  • Drive south on Island Crest Way till SE 71st Street
  • Turn right onto SE 71st Street
  • Turn left onto 86th Ave SE and you will see the grassy front lawn of the park on your left after about 2 blocks
  • Park in front of the grassy lawn and we will meet there
By Bus: Be sure to check current routes (the bus can be tricky sometimes): www.tripplanner.metrokc.gov.

Skills

  • Farming
  • Environmental Education
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 6
  • 4 hours

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