Green Kirkland News for November

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November 2021

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Planting season is in full swing

Volunteers at Green Kirkland Day Juanita Bay Park 2021

Thank you to the volunteers that joined us for our annual Green Kirkland Day in October! We had over 100 folks join us over two days at four parks to kick-off planting season. Our hearty volunteers gave hundreds of baby trees, shrubs and groundcovers a new home in our Parks!

If you missed the fun - don't worry, we still have many open events this weekend and beyond. Our event at Josten Park this Saturday November 6th is still open and the stewardship event at Windsor Vista park on Veteran's Day, Thursday November 11th has many open spots for those looking to help with native planting!

Checkout our event calendar for the most up-to-date listings.

A special thanks to our families and neighbors who joined us in October. Also, a HUGE thanks to our teams from:

Tilth Alliance, TEK Systems, Environment and Adventure School, Open Window School, Girl Scouts, Kirkland Rotary, Evergreen Health, Microsoft, Juanita High Earth Corps Club, and Lake Washington High Key Club and Honor Society.

Local school jumps back into restoration at Watershed park

Watershed Park Volunteer - Eastside Prep

Eastside Preparatory School is back in action at Watershed Park!

Students and teachers from Eastside Prep School have been working with Green Kirkland Partnership to help restore the old I-405 borrow pit at Watershed Park to a forested condition for almost 12 years.

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were very glad to welcome one hundred students from the 7th- and 8th-grade classes back to the park this October for several Stewardship events.

Students served in small teams to cut and pull invasive blackberry and then spread mulch across a new planting site at the park. In future years, these classes will help plant native trees and shrubs to establish a more diverse and heathier forest ecosystem in the park. In addition to the service activities students learned about native plant ecosystems, restoration and the local ecology of their community park!

These events were led by our partners at EarthCorps and sponsored through a WaterWorks grant from King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

To learn more about how the King County Wastewater Treatment Division is investing in water quality and the important intersection with planting trees in parks visit the Wastewater Treatment sustainability page.

For more information about this grant funded program visit the WaterWorks Grant program page.

Are you age 18 - 25 and looking for an opportunity to serve as an AmericCorps volunteer in your community? Checkout the EarthCorps page to learn more about their conservation corps program here in the Puget Sound.

Your help needed to find invasive Tree-of-heaven host to even worse invasive bug


The State of Washington is looking for help tracking down locations of Tree-of-heaven here in Washington State. This invasive tree is a fast growing, thicket forming tree that excludes native vegetation by exuding chemicals into the soil that limit plant growth.

This species has a distinct multi-part leaf, bark with the texture of cantaloupe rind, and a very distinct, stinky smell of peanut butter when branches are broken. Once you pull it you won't forget it!

Though harmful to natural areas as a tree, it is more dangerous as a host to the invasive spotted lantern fly. The spotted lantern fly is a small (1 inch), invasive insect that feeds on and damages grapes, hops and other fruiting species critical to the Washington economy. Adult spotted lanternfly have grey forewings with dark sots and hindwings with a distinct red, yellow, and black coloration.

Though established populations of spotted lantern fly have not been found in Washington state, there is significant concern that this species will colonize Tree-of-heaven and thus the State agencies are hoping to map locations of Tree-of-haven for any potential control efforts.

Visit the links below to learn more and to report locations of these species.

For more information and to report Tree-of-heaven visit the Washington Invasive Species Council press release:

Tree-of-Heaven and Spotted lanternfly pamphlet:

For more information about Tree-of-Heaven:

For more information on Spotted lanternfly:

Photo: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Give Your Feedback: Kirkland’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan

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As you may know, the City of Kirkland is working to update Kirkland’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. As part of that process, the Parks Department is collecting input from as many folks as possible, including folks who live or work in Kirkland.

You are invited to take our online community survey: The survey is available in multiple languages and closes November 11, 2021.

Please take 10 minutes to participate in this important survey so they can hear more about your wants and needs for Kirkland’s parks, recreation and open spaces. Also, please share the survey. The City would like to hear from as many Kirkland community members as possible!

Learn more about the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan at Please send questions and comments to   

Thank you for helping the Parks Department imagine the future of parks, recreation and open spaces in Kirkland.

Upcoming Events

Green Kirkland Partnership Stewardship Events

Safety guidelines and expectations for outdoor, in-person events at Green Kirkland outdoor events (as of September 3, 2021): 

  • Face coverings: Please bring and wear a face covering at times when physical distancing cannot be maintained at outdoor stewardship events.
  • Pre-registration is requested from participants.
  • Please stay home if you do not feel well or have any Covid or flu-like symptoms.
  • Bring your own gloves (if possible), water and snacks.
  • Visit our 'What to Expect' page for full event COVID safety guidelines. 

Out of respect for your fellow volunteers please only register if your commitment is firm and cancel early if you know you can't make it. New events are being posted on a rolling basis and our waitlist is active!

Josten Park 

Saturday, November 06, 2021 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Juanita Bay Park (Main lot)

Saturday, November 06, 2021 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Juanita Bay Park (East not main lot)

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday, December 08, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Windsor Vista Park

Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

South Rose Hill Park

Sunday, November 14, 2021 | 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, November 21, 2021 | 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Looking for a ongoing volunteer opportunity (at least 2x per month) on a weekday or have a group looking for a closed event? Email us at: for current availability.

Other Events

King Conservation District Plant Sale Pre-order Opens November 15

Visit the KCD website for details


King Conservation District Webinar: 

Benefits and Beauty of Landscaping with Native Plants

Thursday November 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm via Online Video


UW Botanic Gardens Classes and Workshops

Native Plant Selection & Installation - Online Class Nov 9, 2021 9:00am-11:00am

Native Plants 101: Pollinator Pathways - Online Class Nov 15, 2021 6:30pm-8:00pm

Visit UW Botanic Garden Classes Website for details and registration:

Thank you to our Sponsors


Thank you to our supporting funders: City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department and the City of Kirkland City Forest Account.