The West Duwamish Greenbelt needs your help! Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plant species, mulch, clean up litter, and install native plants. Volunteer work parties take place year-round, rain or shine! In the past 8 years, we’ve planted more than 21,000 native trees and 20,000 understory plants.
Volunteer Work Parties
Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round several times per week. Currently we are working Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am-2pm in the West Duwamish Greenbelt located in West Seattle. Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop, and we spend the remainder of the time performing various restoration activities, including planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, mulching previously-planted areas, and more. To connect art into this project we hire local musicians to perform in the woods during many work parties. Planting season runs from October to March.
Volunteers are required to RSVP at least 48 hours in advance!
Our location changes often. Youth volunteers under 18 must fill out, and bring to the work party, a youth waiver form. Interested in bringing a group out to volunteer? Email the Restoration Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 923-0853
What to Bring
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills. We provide granola bars, but please feel free to bring a lunch as well.
What to Wear
Working out in the elements requires the right apparel. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required, even in the summer. There is more information in the confirmation email after you RSVP.
Where We Work
Located in West Seattle near the Duwamish River, the West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest contiguous forest in Seattle, stretching from West Seattle to Burien. It includes 182 acres of park land and another 300 acres in privately owned land. Foxes, red-legged frogs, hawks, and bald eagles are found within the greenbelt, which encompasses the extended forest along the eastern slopes of West Seattle that is visible from I-5. Our main restoration goal is reintroducing native conifer species to the greenbelt, and we also focus on invasive plant removal, site maintenance and environmental education.
First time in the greenbelt? On the third Friday of each month, join us for a guided hike through the forest led by Restoration Team. The hike will tour an area of the greenbelt known as the ‘Soundway’ site, 20 acres of land that the City of Seattle had planned to sell to developers. In 2004, Nature Consortium and other community members banded together to lobby to save the land from development and preserve it as urban green space. Thanks to our efforts, today ‘Soundway’ is a 24-acre city park under restoration by Nature Consortium’s hard-working volunteers. If you’d like to attend the monthly hike, please email email@example.com. Dates and times are available on our calendar.
Support for this project comes from REI, Patagonia, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Green Seattle Partnership, The Mountaineers Foundation, Washington Native Plant Society, NBBJ Architects, New Belgium Brewing, and the Noble Fir.