Earth Day

Earth Day at the Arboretum

Give back to public lands and help restore the park!

Saturday, April 22, 2023
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, Seattle Parks and Recreation will co-host their annual Earth Day community and volunteer event on April 22. Help restore the Arboretum by removing invasive ivy and blackberry, and by mulching and weeding the plant collections!

Pre-registration is required: No walk-ups! Volunteers must be aged 15 or older to participate.

Space is limited!!

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

WHERE: Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112. Arrive at the Graham Visitors Center parking lot. Check in at Crabapple Meadow.

WHAT: Volunteers will restore Washington Park Arboretum by removing invasive species, weeding collections, and mulching planting beds. 

PARKING DETAILS: Drive to the address listed above (Graham Visitors Center), and our parking staff and signage will direct you to the correct parking area.

CHECK IN & SITE ASSIGNMENT: After arriving at the Visitors Center, please follow the directions from staff/signs to Crabapple Meadow, where you will check-in. There will be a large group welcome, and then volunteers will meet their site leader and team and walk out to their worksites together.

BRING WITH YOU: Please bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated, food to help sustain you, and gloves to work in*. Please wear long pants, bring a layer or a raincoat, and closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Please come dressed for the weather; this event will happen rain or shine!

PROVIDED: Tools and training


  • Stay home if you have symptoms or test positive for Covid-19.
  • Bring your own water bottle (full or empty), and snacks for the work day.
  • Facemasks are not required, but you may wear one if you choose.
  • Bring work gloves, if you can. *There will be some available if you are unable to bring a pair.
  • Volunteers may need to walk 5 to 15 minutes out to their specific worksite and may also need to walk 5+ minutes to the nearest restroom.
  • The work on the Arboretum grounds is very physical, and the tasks may involve navigation across uneven ground.

QUESTIONS? Contact our Volunteer Department at or phone at 206-325-4510.

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Special thanks to the Student Conservation Association for their support of this event!

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