Seattle Parks and Recreation, works toward improving the quality of life for Seattle residents every day. Because open spaces and greenspaces provide tremendous educational and recreational opportunities, it is vital to maintain them.
For example, our own Camp Long spent 2013 training the next generation of environmental stewards, helping 2,500 participants enhance their teamwork and leadership skills at the ropes challenge course, training 32 teens and 36 adults to teach outdoor experiential learning and hosting 22 immigrant families for a camping immersion weekend.
Parks and Recreation is choosing to celebrate not just April 22 as Earth Day, but all of April as Earth Month. Join Seattle Parks and Recreation in giving back to our parks and helping sustain and celebrate the City’s outdoor classrooms. Events kick off this Friday, April 4.
- April 4: Remember the Earth at Ravenna Park, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
- Celebrate Earth Month by removing invasive plants at Ravenna Park with EarthCorps. Tools, gloves, light refreshments and education about local ecology provided. Register by April 1 at http://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.php
- April 5 and April 19: Earth Month at Seward Park, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
- Bring your family and friends to celebrate Earth Month at Seward Park and restore shoreline habitat with Friends of the Cedar River Watershed through the Green Seattle Partnership! For details, call Amy Kaeser at 206-297-8141.
- April 5 and April 25: Earth Month at Camp Long, 10 am to 2:00 pm
- Join EarthCorps for either or both of these restoration work parties. For more information, visit http://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.php.
- April 6: Celebrate the Earth at Little Brook Natural Area, 10 am to 1:00 pm
- Honor Mother Nature and celebrate Earth Month by joining the Friends of Little Brook to make sure the native plant restoration in this natural area survives and thrives. For details, visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20140319#/?i=2 or call Cheryl Klinker at 206-402-8660.
- April 12: Celebrate the Earth at Kingfisher Natural Area, 10 am to 1:00 pm
- Join Green Seattle Partnership forest stewards at the Shadow Ledge Wetland to help native trees and shrubs around the wetland survive and flourish. For details, visit http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/4915/ or call Cheryl Klinker at 206-402-8660.
- April 16: Specialized Programs Starlight Social at Miller Community Center, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
- This is a fun weekly social program for special needs individuals 18 years and older at Miller Community Center. The theme for April 16 is Earth Day Cleanup and Craft. To register, call Specialized Programs at 206-684-4950.
- April 17: Plant Exchange at Miller Community Center, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- Celebrate springtime in Seattle with fellow gardeners at Miller Community Center. Share plants, seeds, tools, supplies, yard art and knowledge. Everyone is welcome, especially new gardeners. You don’t need to bring anything, but recyclable containers will help carry away your treasures. For details, call the community center at 206-684-4753.
- April 19: Earth Gay 2014 at Cheasty Greenspace, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
- OUT for Sustainability will partner with Beacon Bike Park to restore Cheasty Greenspace, an urban forest on Beacon Hill, in preparation for implementation of a pilot-project bike trail. For details, visit http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/4969/ or email Joel DeJong at email@example.com.
- April 19: Earth Day Celebration at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Come to beautiful Me-Kwa-Mooks Park to celebrate Earth Month by removing invasive plants and mulching beds with nutritious woodchips. For details, visit http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/4900/ or email Nicholas Stavish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 19: Earth Day Service Project at Seward Park, 10:00 to 2:00 pm
- Join the Seward Park Audubon Center for a day of service. Registration required. For details, visit http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/4491/ or email Mikhaila Gonzales at email@example.com.
- April 19: Beach Cleanup at Discovery Park and Lincoln Park, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
- Celebrate the Earth by making a difference in the health of Puget Sound. Puget Sound beaches get trashed (literally) during the winter months and need cleaning. All needed supplies and safety instructions provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Discovery Park Visitors Center at 206-386-4236.
- April 19: Are You Bloomin’ Mad? at Discovery Park, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
- Celebrate the Earth by learning about Pacific Northwest forests at Discovery Park. Enjoy the beauty and wonder of spring wildflowers and learn some of the local plants that make our habitats healthy. This program designed for ages 5 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Discovery Park Visitors Center at 206-386-4236.
- April 21 through 27: Earth Week with Friends of the Burke-Gilman, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Celebrate Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail digging out blackberries with your neighbors. For details, email Jim Corson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 22: Earth Day Service Project for Youth at Rainier Beach Community Center
- Join Rainier Beach Community Center in giving back. All youth ages 12-17 are encouraged to attend. This project may qualify for school service learning hours. For details, call the community center at 206-386-1925.
- April 26: Earth Month at Westcrest Park, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Join EarthCorps for a restoration work party. For details, visit http://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.php.
- April 26: 34th Annual Carkeek Park Earth Day, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Looking for ways to get involved at your favorite park? Visit Carkeek Park to learn about short-term and long-term opportunities to keep the area thriving. For more information, call Bill Malatinsky at 206-684-5999 or email Bill.Malatinsky@seattle.gov.
For more work party events, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm.