Help Create a Healthy Forest at Wapato Hills Park (Northwest) in Tacoma!
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Wapato Hills Park (Northwest): Tacoma Join EarthCorps and the City of Tacoma as we continue the restoration of Wapato Hills Park! Volunteers will be working to remove Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry and English ivy along the Western Border Trail in the NW corner of the park. The Basics EarthCorps is working with the City of Tacoma's Open Spaces program to lead volunteer events at several open space sites around Tacoma. 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 , made by our friends at the Green Seattle Partnership 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
- If you have a favorite pair of gloves, feel free to bring them (otherwise we're happy to provide a pair)
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.)
Youth and school groups are welcome to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Teamto take care of all necessary preparations. Directions
Meet at S. 58th S. and S. Fife. Park in the gravel area adjacent to the trail head. Parking permits available from the Project Manager on site.
6310 NE 74th St, Suite 201E, Seattle, WA 98115, US
EarthCorps's mission is to create a global community through local environmental service.
EarthCorps is an independent nonprofit supported by donors and volunteers. Each year we work with over 10,000 volunteers at hundreds of events around the region to improve our forests, shorelines and salmon streams. We believe that involving the community through hands on work is the best way to keep our parks healthy.
The Work We Do:
While the exact tasks at hand 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 naturally filter rain water, absorb toxins in the air, produce clean oxygen, provide living spaces for wildlife, and they create a place for people to connect with the outdoors.
In order to help create healthy forests, we focus on removing aggressive weeds (like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry), maintaining areas where these weeds have been removed, and planting trees and shrubs during the rainy season.
6231 S Wapato StTacoma, WA 98409
- Habitat Restoration
- Environmental Science
- Community Outreach
- People 55+
- Must be at least 5
- Join us for this 3 hour event
- Volunteers under 14 years of age must attend with a parent or responsible adult