Summer Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Program King County Parks

Volunteer Program Newsletter - Summer 2019

Summer Volunteer Events

Join King County Parks and help improve some of the awesome parks, trails and natural areas within the 28,000 acres of Your Big Backyard! Check out the calendar below for upcoming volunteer events over the next five weeks.

Parks Marymoor volunteer concerts group

Summer means concert season!

Want to see a concert at Marymoor this summer? Even about a free concert?!?

Join a fun bunch of highly motivated volunteers at Marymoor Park this summer and listen to great music. Sign up to be a Concert Composter/Recycler!

You'll help educate concert-goers on recycling and composting, which in turn diverts concert waste from the landfill.

FREE concert and FREE parking when you volunteer for a shift.

Highlighted Events

Click here for a Complete Listing of Volunteer Events

Events are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Contact Lina Rose to sign up.


July 13

Maury Island Marine Park (Vashon Island)

Event is 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

Join King County Parks and Whale Scouts for a beach clean-up day! Help protect this wonderful marine park by picking up trash that has collected on the beach, particularly after the 4th of July holiday. Sign up directly with Whale Scouts here.

Parks Maury Island Marine Park beach

volunteer digging blackberry big finn hill park

July 20

Big Finn Hill Park (Kirkland)


Join Parks staff and community members in making Big Finn Hill a healthier forest!  Big Finn Hill Park in Kirkland is a great multi-use park with ball fields, walking and biking trails and loads of wildlife.  Volunteers will be working to remove a patch of blackberry in the park to make space for future native plantings this winter.  This is a brand new restoration site, join us in breaking ground!

July 27

Tanner Landing (North Bend)

Help King County Parks as we work to restore this former pasture into a diverse flood plain forest.  We need your help mulching and weeding around recently installed native plants so they can gain the upper hand and thrive well into the future. 


tanner landing sunrise

Carnation Marsh restoration site

August 3

Carnation Marsh (Carnation)

Help King County Parks as we work to restore a very ecologically valuable site called Carnation Marsh wetland.  The marsh is home to high diversity plant and animal communities and is an excellent location for bird watching.  We will be mulching around recently installed native plants in an effort to retain moisture and outcompete the terribly invasive reed canary grass.


August 17

Chinook Bend (Carnation)

Help King County Parks as we work to control noxious weeds invading this site that contains rich habitat for many fish and wildlife species.  Approximately 20 percent of the Chinook salmon that return to the Snoqualmie River Watershed spawn in the Chinook Bend reach.  We will be pulling tansy ragwort, Scots broom as well as other aggressive weeds that threaten the species richness of this special place.


Chinook bend river scene

Log cabin reach volunteers

August 24

Log Cabin Reach (Issaquah)

Help King County Parks as we work to establish native plant communities in this site known for high quality stream and forest habitat.  A bunch of restoration work has been done here, now we need your help to weed and mulch around the most recently installed native plants to help them gain the upper hand. 

trail sign

Every Second Saturday

Sammamish River Trail (Woodinville) 

Events are 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

Join the Sammamish River Stewards as they work to restore the habitat along the Sammamish River Trail. This fantastic group of Parks and Trails Ambassadors leads projects here every second Saturday of the month so set your calendar!  Projects generally include blackberry removal and other restoration tasks.

group mulching

Every First Saturday

Marymoor Bird Loop (Redmond) 

Events are 9 a.m to noon

Join Eastside Audubon in making Snag Row healthier habitat for birds. Work parties focus on planting, moving woodchips, and removing invasive plants to improve the beauty and ecological value of this beloved site.

Volunteer photo

Trail work with Washington Trails Association

Here’s a chance to learn about how backcountry trails are constructed. Join King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association to learn how to retread a trail, build a turnpike, or solve drainage problems.

Register directly with Washington Trails Association on their website or by calling 206-965-8561.

*Note that these events require hiking to work sites and are limited to 20 people (though typically have 6-12 volunteers).

Parks volunteer thank you