Advocacy

Header photo: Varied thrush in the Sorbus Collection (courtesy Larry Hubbell).

SR 520 Bridge impacts, Parks Levy & more

As part of our core mission to sustain and protect the Washington Park Arboretum, the Foundation engages in advocacy at the local, city, and state levels. Examples include:

Other important advocacy initiatives have included working to secure funding at the state level for Arboretum curation, and working at the city level to secure funding for Arboretum maintenance and operations.

How You Can Help

Please help support our advocacy efforts by joining as a member, by donating to the Foundation, making your voice heard at public meetings, and/or voting to protect our treasured urban green space at the ballot box.

Arboretum Partners do a vine cutting ceremony to open the Arboretum's new Loop Trail

Arboretum Partners doing a celebratory “vine cutting” to open the new Arboretum Loop Trail.
Photo by: @samfuphoto

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Corporate Volunteers Return in Force to Help Restore the Arboretum

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Foundation Receives Generous Bequest

The Arboretum Foundation recently received a bequest of more than $110,000 from the estate of Alec Bayless. A civic activist, lawyer, grape grower, and—with his wife, Ruthanna—world-traveler who lived on Mercer Island, Alec was involved at the Arboretum in the 1980s...