Earth Day

Earth Day at the Arboretum

Give back to public lands and help restore the park!

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

Once again, the Arboretum Foundation is partnering with UW Botanic Gardens and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to organize a work service event at the Arboretum on Earth Day. Help restore the Arboretum by removing invasive ivy and weeding the plant collections!

Pre-registration is required: No walk-ups! Any volunteer under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult for every 2 youth). Please register any children attending to ensure that you are matched with a worksite that’s appropriate for youth. We’ll post a registration link as the event draws nearer.

Space is limited, so sign up soon!!

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.

WHAT: Volunteers will restore Washington Park Arboretum through 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 parking, please follow the directions from staff/signs to Crabapple Meadow, where you will check-in. Here, you will be assigned a work group (we will have 6 to 7 work sites throughout the park). There will be a large group welcome and photo, 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 beverages, and snacks for the work day.
  • Facemasks are not required, but you may wear one if you choose.
  • Bring work gloves, if you can. *We will have 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.
  • Youth under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult who can take responsibility for their behavior (1 adult for every 2 youth).
  • 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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