Clarke Beach: Mercer IslandABOUT THIS EVENT:
Join EarthCorps, Mercer Island Parks & Recreation, and community members to continue working in this great park. Clarke Beach is located on the shores of Lake Washington and hosts a wide variety of activities such as swimming, hiking and picnicking. The forested area of this park has received lots of help over the years, but still needs some work!
EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and volunteer education. We will provide everything you need to know about tool use and safety, forest health, information on the park, and the importance of the work you’ll be doing. No prior experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new!
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND COMFORT, PLEASE BRING:
- Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
- Long pants and a long sleeve shirt (helps protect against prickly plants)
- Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required: work boots, hiking boots, or running shoes are all fine)
- Sack lunch and snacks
- Full water bottle
EarthCorps runs our events rain or shine! Remember to check the weather and bring appropriate layers and raingear/sun wear if needed.
THIS VIDEO MIGHT GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT:
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
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.
If you are coming as a group , the group leaders are expected to have an active and integral role in our events. Leaders, please make yourself known to EarthCorps staff and arrive early in order to meet your group members.
All unaccompanied volunteers between the ages of 12 and 17 must bring a filled out Youth Waiver the day of the event. Youth under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Note: minimum age for unaccompanied youth at Kirkland events is 14.)
Youth and school groups of all ages are welcomed to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Team to complete a group waiver.Directions:
Clarke Beach Park is located at 7700 East Mercer Way Driving:
-From I-90 take the Island Crest Way Exit -Go South on Island Crest Way -Follow Island Crest Way 4.1 miles to the four way stop at 68th Ave. -Take a left on SE 68th Street. -Follow the road until you reach the stop sign. -Take a right onto East Mercer Way. -Clarke Beach will be a few blocks on your left at the 7700 block. There is a small gray and green park sign at the entrance to the parking lot, it is easy to miss so keep your eyes peeled.
The bus can be tricky on Saturdays; sometimes there are no buses coming from the Mercer Island Park& Ride. The closest bus stop is at Island Crest Way and SE 68th St. From this stop, the park is a 1 mile walk down 68th street. Follow the EarthCorps A-frame signs to find us.
Be sure to check out the Metro Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Science
- Habitat Restoration
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- 4 Hours