Sat. 8/16 – Beacon Hill Volunteer Work Party

Tree Ambassadors build community and create investment in public green space.

Renew our urban landscape!  Come join the Seattle Tree Ambassadors in renovating the traffic triangle at 15th Ave and Beacon Ave S. Join your neighbors and help us take the first steps towards creating a wonderful landscape that all will enjoy by helping us pick-up trash, weed, and mulch. Meet at the Shell Station on Beacon Ave & 15th at 9 am. Tools, gloves, safety vests, and snacks will be provided. Contact with questions.

9 am – noon
Meet at the Shell Station on Beacon Ave S & 15th Ave S
RSVP here

Aquarium’s Beach Naturalists on hand to answer your questions!

A family explores marine life in West Seattle during a Beach Naturalist event.


Seattle residents don’t have to travel far to reach a beach. We are lucky to have access to a number of public shorelines. And with water bordering our city on two sides, one might think Seattleites are experts on marine plants and animals.

Why don’t crabs share their toys?

Because they’re shellfish!

What do you call a fish with no eyes?

A fsh!

Turns out, many of us aren’t. Fear not.The Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalists will be stationed on local beaches throughout the summer during low tides beginning Tuesday, May 27. Beach Naturalists are local citizen volunteers who are passionate about the Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them by educating visitors about the creatures who live there.

People can visit a beach during the designated times and ask the Beach Naturalists questions and learn about the environment.

Beach Naturalist training session at Lincoln Park.


“People are surprised by how many things are living on beaches,” said Janice Mathisen, Seattle Aquarium Community Outreach Coordinator. “People love to show us what they find, and it gives us the opportunity to tell them about the needs of that particular specie.”

The Beach Naturalist program began 16 years ago, and this year, more than 230 volunteers are participating. The volunteers are trained and are instructed to model proper beach etiquette.

“Some volunteers have doctorates in biology, some are veterinarians, some are marine biologists and some have no science background; they’re just really interested in our shores,” Mathisen said. “I love that. The program is accessible to whoever wants to participate.”

The Beach Naturalists will be available at Richmond Beach, Carkeerk Park, Golden Gardens, Constellation Park/South Alki, Lincoln Park, Saltwater State Park, Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach, Seahurst Park, Des Moines Beach Park, Redondo Beach and Blake Island. For a full list of times and dates, click HERE.

“It’s kind of like the perfect formula,” Mathisen said. “Learning and a day at the beach. How could you go wrong?”


Beach Naturalists’ tips and words of wisdom: – Walk carefully! There’s life beneath your feet! Eelgrass beds are especially fragile. – Touch animals gently with one wet finger. – Observe animals where you find them rather than picking them up. – Avoid disturbing animal homes by picking them up or rolling around large rocks on the beach! – Most Seattle beaches are Marine Reserves; this means everything on the beach must stay on the beach. (except litter!)

Re-discover city’s trail system on National Trails Day, June 7

The first Saturday in June is traditionally an excellent weather day in Seattle and a perfect time to discover, celebrate, and learn about trails in the city as part of National Trails Day. This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation, together with community partners such as the Student Conservation Association, are coming together to raise awareness around trails and to restore and maintain them.

“National Trails Day is a time for Seattle to celebrate and enjoy their trails by engaging the public in not only the recreation side of trails, but also restoration,” said Parks Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams. “With more than 100 miles of trail in the city, there is always some place for you to explore. Our trails are enjoyed by all for everything from forest restoration, transportation short-cuts between neighborhoods, and plain old walks in the park.”

Seattle Parks and Recreation will celebrate National Trails Day with restoration projects at the following parks on Saturday, June 7, 2014:
• Discovery Park – Hidden Valley Trail
• Fauntleroy Park – Forrest Court Area
• Frink Park – 31st and Jackson Entrance
• Cheasty Mt. View – 28th Avenue Trail

Parks is also encouraging Seattleites to get out and explore the trails in their neighborhood and tell others by using the hashtag: #SEATRAILS on Twitter.

To register and volunteer click HERE.
Call: 206-684-4122

Make moves, make money for Seattle Parks Specialized Programs

Specialized programs hiking field trip


Help raise funds to support Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Specialized Programs, which offer activities for youth and adults with disabilities.  Take part in the Movin’ for Money swim or walk-a-thon with friends and family on Sunday, May 18, and rack up the donations.

Specialized Programs hosts events such as the Special Olympics, wheelchair basketball, weekend trips, after-school programs, fitness classes and summer camping trips.

Movin’ for Money events include:
• Swimming from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Meadowbrook Pool, 10515 35th Ave. NE
• Walking from 3-4 p.m. at the Nathan Hale High School track, 10750 30th Ave. NE
• Party and refreshments for swimmers and walkers from 4-5:30 p.m. at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10515 35th Ave. NE

Participants are asked to only participate in one event, either swimming or walking.


The purpose of the event is to raise funds for equipment, special events, summer camp fees, and scholarships throughout the year. It is an opportunity for community members and program participants and their families and friends to show support for Specialized Programs by getting pledges for walking or swimming.

The public can support the fundraiser in several ways:
1) Obtain pledges and swim or walk.
2) Sponsor a swimmer or walker.
3) Make a tax-deductible donation.
4) Come to the event and volunteer, or show support for our participants and family members.

To send a donation, please mail a check or money order payable to “Specialized Programs” at Specialized Programs, 4554 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Specialized Programs at 206-684-4590.

Seattle Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see

Seattle Parks volunteers log nearly 10,000 hours honoring Mother Nature

A volunteer assists with litter pick up at an Earth Month event at Golden Gardens park. The event was hosted by the Surfriders and the Environmental Protection Agency.


Thank you to all of the volunteers who participated in an Earth Month work party this year.

Seattle Parks and Recreation had 105 work parties in April. Volunteer Programs Coordinator Theresa McEwen estimated that 3,150 volunteers donated a total of 9,450 hours of service through Seattle Parks and our partner organizations.

Seventy-six volunteers participated in an Earth Month event at Golden Gardens park. The event was hosted by the Surfriders and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Work parties were sponsored by Seattle Parks, “Friends of” groups, Green Seattle Partnership, nonprofits, community organizations and local businesses.

We are grateful for the crew chiefs, senior gardeners, volunteer coordinators and community organizers who made all of this year’s events possible.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Seattle Parks, please click HERE for a list of upcoming opportunities.