Each year, hundreds of hours are donated by Mercer Island citizens to help maintain the community’s parks and open spaces. This mutually beneficial opportunity, allows people to enjoy time outdoors and assist the community through various maintenance projects.
Though the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department works with professional contractors and non-profit partners, such as Mountains to Sound Greenway and EarthCorps, community volunteers are an integral part of removing invasive plants, replanting native foliage, and general maintenance in Mercer Island parks.
March Events include: March 3rd, March 24th & March 31st
April Events include: April 7th, April 14th, April 21st & April 28th
May Events include: May 5th & May 12th
June Events include: June 16th & June 30th
July Events include: July 14th
August Events include: August 11th & August 24th
September Events include: September 15th & September 22nd
October Events include: October 13th, October 20th & October 27th
November Events include: November 3rd & November 10th
December Events include: December 15th
Mercer Island partners with the City’s Forest Stewardship Program, and they encourage registration in advance if you’re planning on volunteering.
If you really enjoy the outdoors, consider becoming a Forest Steward, where you’ll receive training, tools, and ongoing support from the Mercer Island Natural Resources staff. It’s a great opportunity to work on your own schedule and foster the community’s ongoing efforts to quell invasive plants and restore native plants so the area.
If you’re thinking about volunteering, make sure to dress for the weather, and bring a jacket, even if the weather says it’ll stay warm and sunny. You never know with Washington weather…
To find a full list of 2018 Restoration Events, click the Mercer Island link here.
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