Welcome to the Green Tukwila Partnership!

A new partnership has begun between many agencies and organizations working together for healthy parks and healthy people in Tukwila. The City of Tukwila, non-profits Forterra, EarthCorps, and the SCA, and local businesses, faith-based groups, and neighbors are all helping to care for public parks, shorelines, and natural areas across the city.

We believe that Tukwila deserves great parks, green trees, and beautiful shorelines along the Duwamish River. If you agree, join us!

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Come join us at the fall kickoff event and planting celebration on Saturday, October 22nd!

Volunteer planting will be happening at two places along the Duwamish Shoreline and at the Duwamish Hill Preserve as part of Duwamish Alive!, an annual event where volunteers come together all along the Duwamish River to plant trees and shrubs, remove invasive weeds, and keep the river healthy for fish, other animals and plants, and for people. A healthy river means a healthy community. Please join us for this fun, family-friendly event! No experience necessary. Gloves, tools, and materials provided.

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Volunteer on the Duwamish Shoreline at Cecil Moses Park

Volunteer at the Duwamish Hill Preserve

Why are we doing this?

Did you know that trees and green plants play a huge role in a healthy and happy city? There is a strong link between getting outside into nature – even just a little bit – and better mental health and physical well-being. Check out this story in the New York Times about walking under trees and the effect that has on your brain by helping to lower stress and increase positive thinking. Take that with how much mental and physical health are interrelated, and it’s not surprising that many doctors like this one are telling their patients to get outside more. Well-cared-for parks that get regular use, especially with neighborhood volunteers getting involved, also help reduce crime and keep cities safer.

If you want to dig further into the science of all of these benefits that nearby nature is ready to give us, this is a great website with a lot of information.

But we can’t enjoy it if we don’t have it. Tukwila’s parks and natural areas need some TLC to make sure they stay healthy too. So the Green Tukwila Partnership will be planting trees and other plants, pulling invasive weeds, and working together to make sure these public places stay green. We can’t do it alone.nick-krittawat-photo-credit-51

Be a part of something great happening in Tukwila

Click the links above to volunteer with us at Duwamish Alive on Saturday, October 22nd.

Join our mailing list to stay updated about the Green Tukwila Partnership.

Want to do more? We are gathering a team of volunteers to adopt different parks and help lead the effort to keep them healthy and green. You can learn about trees and environmental restoration, bring your neighbors together around fun projects, and be a local leader. We are especially looking at North Wind’s Weir, Duwamish Hill Preserve, Tukwila Community Center, Riverton Park, the Duwamish Shoreline (section just north of the I-5 overpass), Thorndyke Elementary School, Crestview Park, Crystal Springs Park, Tukwila Park, and Bicentennial Park, but we want to hear your favorites, too. Is there a Tukwila Park or natural area in the city that you think could use a little love?  Email us to talk about ways to get involved.

Contact us

If you have questions about the Green Tukwila Partnership, or ideas you want to share, don’t hesitate to be in touch. You can reach us at greentukwila@forterra.org, or by phone at (206) 905-6943.

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Take volunteering to the next level – Stewards wanted!

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Nature in the city gives us so much: clean air, beautiful places to enjoy and encourage more frequent exercise, open space to spend time with friends, a local connection with nature that reduces stress and improves mental health, habitat for local wildlife, stormwater retention to reduce flooding, carbon sequestration, and more. Stewards are the VIPs that enable volunteer projects to be successful in taking care of valuable public spaces in their own communities.

Current Stewards have this to say:

“This has been one of the most positive volunteer experiences I have ever had. . . I can’t believe how great the park looks since we started.” – Kaytlyn, Redmond

“The park is full of small, special spots, each with its own story.” – Lex, Seattle

“The Green Kent Partnership has a powerful message, and that is to conserve the beautiful environment that we live in. It is such an honor to be a part of this.” – Danielle, Kent

[Q:What do you get out of this mostly? A:] “Its fun!” – Glenn, Redmond

I look forward to the day that I can walk through a forest that I helped create.’ – Jay, Seattle

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL PROGRAM:

In REDMOND: Lots of parks, including the top priorities shown on this map, are still looking for their own Forest Steward – could it be you?! An orientation for new Forest Stewards will be held on Monday, April 20th. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

In KIRKLAND: An orientation for new Green Kirkland Stewards on Sunday, May 9th welcomes you to jump in! Contact Katie to be placed on the list.

In EVERETT: This relatively new program is ready for Forest Stewards to take the reins in some awesome parks. Contact Joanna for more information on getting involved.

In TACOMA: There will be an orientation later this year for new Habitat Stewards. Contact Yvonne for more information.

In KENT: Find your own corner of Green Kent and dig in. Contact Desiree to find out when the next orientation will be held for new Stewards.

In SEATTLE: Join a team of Forest Stewards working in a park near you. They’ll be thrilled to have an extra set of helping hands, and you’ll learn hands-on restoration from the pros as you get great work done together. To get connected with a group, contact Andrea.

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Register now for the Green Kent Steward orientation

Come learn what the Green Kent Partnership is all about! The orientation will provide you with an understanding of how you can get involved as a Steward of your own restoration site or supporting other Stewards. You will also get a basic understanding of “tree-iage” and the four phases of restoration, plus have a lot of hands-on fun learning planting techniques and invasive removal. No experience necessary.  Register for the orientation by emailing Victoria, or call 253-856-5113 for more information.

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Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E. Smith Street

Stewards are committed volunteers who lead a restoration project at a park or natural area, with the support of Green Kent staff. Stewards lead at least 4 work parties a year at their site, or contribute 20 hours of service on their own if they prefer. You can also become a Support Steward and help out when you can.

If you just want to pitch in for a few hours, visit www.greenkent.org and look for a work party coming up!

Here’s what some of the current Stewards are saying:

“I grew up in Kent, traveled Europe for a few years while serving in the Army, then came back to Kent. I joined the Green Kent Partnership because I have always had a passion for environmental issues, and I recognized the need to improve my own community. I chose to become a steward of Springwood Park because I believe it has a lot of potential. It’s a large park that needs a lot of love. With help from volunteers and the parks department, I know we can make it a great park.” – Springwood Park Steward Zandria Michaud

“I really love this program. It offers accountants like me the chance to get outside and do volunteer work. I can contribute to the community when I have time available. I have also been able to offer local teenagers service hours for school by having them help with the work. My grandson does miss the blackberries, but we can go explore the woods now instead!” – Pheasants Hollow Steward Nancy Terry

“I love the outdoors and I love doing things that benefit others. I spend a lot of time in the Kent Parks with my son JJ, so I thought this would be the perfect way to give back! I chose North Lake Meridian because it is right outside of the Meridian Junior High school and is next to the trail that kids walk through to get to school. I attended Meridian Junior High and walked that trail every day. There truly is something refreshing, relaxing, and rewarding about removing the naughty part of Mother Nature, and replacing it with the nice!  Playing in the mud is just a bonus.” – Lake Meridian Park Steward Debbie Larson

“My latest volunteer adventure is as a Steward for Lake Fenwick Park in Kent. This gives me the opportunity to work with fellow volunteers while getting my hands dirty . . . I don’t know ‘if no one is in the forest and a tree falls if it makes a sound’; however, I do know how much work a small group of volunteers can accomplish in a few hours on a Saturday.” – Lake Fenwick Park Steward Gina Tallarigo

Green Everett Partnership -first event of 2013!

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Join Howarth Park Forest Stewards, Everett Parks, Forterra, and neighbors for the first Green Everett Partnership work party of 2013.  Come learn about the Green Everett Partnership and the many benefits that the Howarth Park forests provide us all.  We will stay warm and burn off some of those holiday cookies by digging out invasive blackberry and ivy as we work together to restore Howarth Park’s beautiful forest.

More info:  Green Everett Partnership

Serving Recreation and Conservation in Washington

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is looking for volunteers to join its Advisory Committees. Committee members help evaluate grant applications, so they get to have a real say in the distribution of funds to great programs in the state. They provide technical advice on project merits, legislative issues, and statewide planning. They also advise RCO on issues affecting grant programs and help develop policies and procedures. Most of the work occurs in the spring and early summer. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. For more information, check out the RCO website.

Benefits of volunteering (according to their website):

  • The ability to learn and grow professionally and personally
  • The ability to help shape the quality of life for Washingtonians
  • Skills to become a better grant writer
  • Valuable experience for your resume

If you think you would be a good candidate, definitely consider serving on one of the following:

Plant Pearl Jam’s Trees!

If you’ve been anywhere near the Cascade Land Conservancy office in the past ten months, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about the Pearl Jam carbon mitigation project. If you follow the band, you might have seen it mentioned on their news feed lately.  If you’ve done neither of those things, here’s the scoop: The Cascade Land Conservancy is partnering with Pearl Jam to help mitigate the carbon emissions from their 2009 World Tour. To find out more about this exciting partnership, and Pearl Jam’s donation to mitigate the carbon emissions from their latest world tour, read this and catch yourself up. To learn more about carbon mitigation in general, Ara’s excellent blog post from last year is a great place to start.

But it doesn’t stop there, YOU can help Pearl Jam in this effort by volunteering for one of our Pearl Jam planting events! Crews have been hard at work at the first two restoration sites: Discovery Park in Seattle, and Hartman Park in Redmond. They’ve removed all of the invasive plants and now are ready for some extra hands to help plant native trees and shrubs that will re-establish the healthy forest and mitigate carbon in the atmosphere.

We have two upcoming volunteer tree planting events where you can lend a hand to help Pearl Jam mitigate their carbon. Please register online to help us plan for the event:

1) Saturday, February 26 at Discovery Park in Seattle, 10am-2pm
2) Saturday, March 5 at Hartman Park in Redmond, 10am-2pm

Dress for the weather and come prepared to get your hands dirty.  Long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes and a water bottle are highly recommended.  Coffee and snacks will be provided.

For more information or to register online, click here.