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


Cause Areas

When

Sat Oct 29, 2016, 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Where

Island Crest ParkMercer Island, WA 98040


About

Island Crest Park: Mercer Island

ABOUT THIS EVENT:
Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island as we work in this local park! This forested ravine hosts lush plants, areas for wildlife to live, wetlands, and walking trails. This project is part of a larger effort to aid Mercer Island Parks, and we appreciate your help.

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 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 long sleeves (helps protect against prickly plants)
  • Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required: work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, running shoes or similar)
  • Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee
The event will happen rain or shine!

THIS VIDEO MIGHT GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x68cNeaXkTk

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, the work includes:
  • Removing aggressive weeds (like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry)
  • Maintaining areas where these weeds have been removed
  • Planting trees and shrubs during the rainy season
GROUPS:
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.

YOUTH:
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 of all ages are welcomed to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Team to complete a group waiver.

DIRECTIONS:
By Bus:

  • Traveling by bus on Saturdays can be tricky, so be sure to check out Metro Trip Planner for current routes: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

By Car:

  • From I-5, head eastbound on I-90.
  • From I-90, take the Island Crest Way exit (Exit 7B) on Mercer Island.
  • Follow Island Crest Way for 2.5 miles, go past Island Park Elementary School and turn right into Island Crest Park.
  • Light gray and green park sign is easy to miss so keep your eyes peeled right as you are passing the elementary school.
  • Park in the main parking lot, and look for our registration table.

Skills

  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • 4 hours
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