Are you interested in taking your involvement with your local Green City to the next level? If so, consider becoming a Forest Steward! Forest Stewards are super-volunteers who adopt specific sites, where they plan restoration activities and organize work parties. It is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience and training with all aspects of ecological restoration while connecting with your neighbors.
Take it from Sara Noland, an Everett Forest Steward. For her, the role’s perks include the “feeling of accomplishment, being outside, [and] meeting others who care about parks.” She also shares with us these wise words:
Forest restoration is an act of optimism, patience, and love. It takes a lot of time and sweat…but it’s amazing how much a group of volunteers can accomplish in just a few hours working together.
As part of becoming a Forest Steward, most Green Cities host orientations where you can learn the basics of ecological restoration, volunteer management, and the Green Cities program. Attending one of these orientations does not commit you to becoming a Forest Steward – they are open to anyone interested in learning more about the program.
Be sure to attend the orientation in the city that you wish to be active in, as the information presented will be city-specific. See the list below for all upcoming local orientations. We hope to see you there!
Everett – June 2, 9am-12pm at Forest Park. Contact Green Everett!
Kirkland – March 24, 10am-1pm at McAuliffe Park. Sign up here!
Redmond – April 14, 9am-12pm at Farrel-McWhirter Park. Sign up here!
Seattle – Orientation will be held in late summer. In the meantime, check out our general information on becoming a Forest Steward here!
Snoqualmie – March 24, 9am-12pm at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA & Community Center. Sign up here!
If you don’t see your city on the list, then no orientation has been scheduled yet. But keep an eye out for updates and come volunteer at some of our delightful restoration events this spring!