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Earth Day at the Arboretum

Give back to public lands and help restore the park!

Saturday, April 24
9 a.m. to Noon

Washington Park Arboretum – 2300 Arboretum Drive E. Seattle WA 98112

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. We have instituted a number of safety policies this year due to Covid-19, including a 15 person work-site maximum, and reducing gathering points.

Read on for our COVID Safety Guidelines!

WHEN: Saturday, April 24th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. *Note pre-registration is required, no walk ups.

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: Go to the Visitor Center Parking Lot, and follow instructions to check-in. You will then be immediately sent out to your work-site after checking in. Most volunteers will drive to their work-site, unless noted when you register that you are on foot (we will send you to the closest work site).

*** Some organized teams will be sent directly to their work location to check-in, you will receive more instruction about this if so.

BRING WITH YOU: Please bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, food to help sustain you, and gloves to work in. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

CAPACITY: This year our event will have a total limited capacity of 65 volunteers; volunteers are working in 5 smaller groups of 15 total people in projects separated throughout the park.

*Any volunteer under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

COVID SAFETY GUIDELINES:

We are operating this event under strict Covid-19 guidelines to focus on the safety of our volunteers and staff.

  1. Volunteers will not attend the event if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or have had known exposure to Covid-19.
  2. Facemasks are REQUIRED.
  3. Please maintain 6 ft social distancing from others.
  4. Bring work gloves.
  5. Groups sizes will be kept to 15 people, and we will reduce gathering points.
  6. Bring your own water, and snacks.
  7. Pre-registration is REQUIRED, no walk-ups.
  8. Sanitize upon arrival! Our tools will be sanitized before and after use.
  9. Volunteers agree to their contact information being stored for contact tracing purposes.

QUESTIONS? Contact our Volunteer Department at volunteer@arboretumfoundation.org or phone at 206-325-4510.

Volunteer team from Amazon volunteers to remove invasive species at the Arboretum for Earth Day in 2019
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