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Volunteer community, maintenance programs, and enhancement projects

The Foundation preserves and enhances the Washington Park Arboretum through a variety of dynamic programs and projects. We recruit and manage a vibrant volunteer community that supports every facet of Arboretum operations—from grounds maintenance to fundraising events. We help fund the salaries of UW Botanic Gardens arborists, gardeners, and environmental educators working in the Arboretum. We fund revitalization projects, such as the restoration of historic Rhododendron Glen, and the creation of new horticultural displays, such as the Pacific Connections Garden. We are also the support organization for the Seattle Japanese Garden in the Arboretum.

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13,892

The number of hours our volunteers contributed in 2019

Become a Volunteer!

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Become a volunteer and enjoy everything the Arboretum community offers. Meet great people and like-minded spirits.

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Caring for the Arboretum’s plant collection, and ensuring the health and safety of the trees, is a major expense and our biggest pride and joy.

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We are funding the restoration of Rhododendron Glen, Lake Washington Boulevard, and other beloved spaces in the Arboretum.

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We’re helping children and adults learn about the vital role plants, forests, and wetlands play in the urban environment.

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We are the support partner for the Japanese Garden at the Arboretum, managing public programs and volunteers, and raising vital funds.

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We fund and support Master Plan improvement projects, including the Pacific Connections Garden and the Arboretum Loop Trail. 

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Rhododendron Glen Stream Restoration Begins This Month

Rhododendron Glen Stream Restoration Begins This Month

New astilbes in bloom along the upper stream in Rhododendron Glen.The Arboretum has made great progress on plant collection restoration in Rhododendron Glen over the last three years, but the stream restoration portion of the project has been delayed due to a...

REI Hosts Huge Work-Service Event at the Arboretum

REI Hosts Huge Work-Service Event at the Arboretum

Volunteers in the wetlands beside South Azalea Way.More than 100 volunteers from REI helped care for the Arboretum on Thursday, July 21 during one of the company's regular work-service events. The group members were all from REI's IT division and included folks who...

Olmsted and the Washington Park Arboretum

Olmsted and the Washington Park Arboretum

PHOTO: Azalea Way, the centerpiece of the Olmsted design of Washington Park Arboretum. This year marks the 20oth anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. Numerous celebrations are taking place around the country to mark the bicentennial of this iconic...