Join the forest monitoring team

Calling all citizen scientists! Join the Green Cities Network’s growing community of volunteers collecting scientific data about our urban green spaces. The Forest Monitoring Team is a new group of volunteers who will help us to better understand and manage the progress of our restoration efforts. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will attend one introductory training and commit to establishing at least 2 monitoring plots in local parks and natural areas (but more is encouraged!), between July and October.

To learn more, visit the EarthCorps website, watch this video of super forest monitor Tom Kelly, or get in touch with Malia Caracoglia,, 206.992.6853.

The last training date is coming up, so sign up now by contacting Malia directly at the email or phone number above. We are putting together a Forest Monitoring Team in Seattle, Tacoma, Redmond, Kirkland, and Kent, but volunteers from any city are welcome to join the last training at Camp Long in West Seattle.

What does it take to become a forest monitor?

  • Attend one introductory training and one small group practicum training
  • Ability to identify plant species (or enthusiastic about learning!)
  • Ability to take precise measurements
  • Ability to record and transmit data using written forms and online data entry
  • Ability to walk on uneven ground, sometimes through vegetation
  • Commitment is flexible, but ask that you are available to assist with at least two plots during the monitoring season (1 plot = 3-4 hours)
  • A good sense of humor and appreciation for the outdoors

Help with a new rapid response project for invasive plants

An exciting citizen science project not directly related to our Green City Partnerships may be of interest to our volunteers and supporters. The PNW Invasive Plant Council is recruiting volunteers to participate in the new Washington State EDRR project. This project aims to eradicate invasive plants currently in low abundance in target areas, before they have the chance to spread and cause serious ecological damage. Volunteers will be asked to search for these plants while enjoying the outdoors in four different Cooperative Weed Management Areas- Nisqually, Yakima, and Chehalis River Watersheds and HWY 12 -SR 410, which includes Mt. Rainier National Park.

Training will be conducted in mid-July. If you are interested in participating as a Citizen Scientist please e-mail Julie Combs ( for more information or to sign up for one of the trainings. Training dates and locations will be announced based on volunteer response.