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Celebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks and Recreation! 

Join us and partners for a variety of Earth Month events and activities, including nature programming and volunteer opportunities. Please visit the Green Seattle Partnership for additional opportunities on how you can volunteer for restoration and planting events at parks and green spaces across Seattle.  

Volunteer Events: 

  • Westcrest Park – Earth Day Volunteer Restoration: Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 1pm. Join us for an Earth Day celebratory restoration event! Westcrest Park plays host to multitudes of local flora and fauna, and volunteer efforts ensure the park remains a diverse and thriving ecosystem. We will be caring for forested areas by removing blackberry and other target species that overwhelm local, native plants. 
  • Earth Day – Arboretum Foundation: Saturday, April 20. To celebrate the Arboretum’s 90th birthday, we’re enhancing this year’s Earth Day work service event with free tram rides, a pollinator education station, and more!9am to 12:30pm Volunteer Work Service Event; Noon to 4pm Education Station and Food Truck at Graham Visitors Center; 2-4pm Free Tram Rides on Arboretum Loop Trail.  
  • Duwamish Alive Earth Day Event: Saturday, April 20, 10am to 2pm. Join us for Earth Day along the Duwamish River, at one of the Duwamish Tribe’s sacred sites and important salmon habitat for the juvenile salmon on their way now to Puget Sound.  
  • Lincoln Park Earth Day Restoration with Bruun Idun: Saturday, April 20 from 9am to 12pm. In honor of Earth Day, we’ll be removing plants (e.g. ivy, blackberry) in the beautiful area surrounding our beloved troll, Bruun Idun, while making room for our hardworking native plants and trees.  
  • Earth Day at EC Hughes: Monday, April 22 at 9:30am. You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff from Delridge Neighborhood Development Association’s Nature Team. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings.  
  • Earth Day Volunteer Event at Freeway Park: Tuesday, April 23 at 12pm. Celebrate Earth Day with Town Hall and Freeway Park Association. We’ll participate in spring gardening tasks (like mulching) with tools and guidance from Seattle Parks.  
  • Earth Day at Camp Long: Tuesday, April 23 at 10am. You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff from DNDA’s Nature Team. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings, depending on time of year and the restoration progress in each site.


Educational Activities: 

  • West Duwamish Historical Walk: Sunday, April 24, 10:30 to Noon. Explore this tucked-in park alongside the Duwamish Water way, formerly the Green-Duwamish River. This small park captures the history of the first people who lived here and illustrates how later European settlement created both opportunities and challenges to the area. We will discuss how geology shaped the park as well as the progress of the Superfund Cleanup program. 
  • Signs of Spring (Dementia Friendly): April 17, 11am to 12:30pm. In this season of birth and new growth, we’ll explore forested trails in Seward Park to take in some wonders of Spring. We’ll aim to see flora, fauna, and fungi as we walk up to .75 mile. 
  • Dubai to Baku – A Wisdom Keeper Delegation @ UNCOP: Saturday, April 20, 1pm to 3pm at Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. Jacob Johns (Akimel O’Otham and Hopi) and Jeff Ferguson (Spokane Tribe) will share stories and media related to their work as part of the Wisdom Keepers Delegation at the 2023 COP28 in Dubai. The Wisdom Keepers - an international team of indigenous leaders and activists – are pushing for the inclusion of indigenous perspectives in global climate policy discussions.  
  • Ladybug Festival at Garfield Community Center: Saturday, April 20, 2pm to 4:30pm. Kick off Earth Day festivities by connecting community with nature at this event highlighting the importance of pollinators. You’ll see the annual release of ladybugs in the Garfield Community Center Garden and can participate in fun, educational, and hands-on activities. All ages.  
  • Earth Day Craftnernoon at Bitter Lake Community Center: Sunday, May 5, 2pm to 4pm. $20. Celebrate the arrival of spring with festive crafts using repurposed materials! Bring the whole family and make a variety of spring-themed crafts like egg carton animals and paper roll planters. Turn recycling into rarity with this fun event for all ages. All materials provided.  
  • Earth Day Nature Walk and Clean Up at Green Lake: Sunday, April 21, 10am to 12pm. Join Seattle Parks and Recreation Environmental Education staff on a relaxing Earth Day nature walk. Learn about environmental issues affecting Seattle parks and the wildlife that live in them while helping to remove litter along the way. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must be registered. $15 per individual; $40 for a family of 3-5 people.  
  • Specialized Programs Earth Day Celebrations: Our Sunshine Social adult program and Afternoon Hangout Transition program will be celebrating Earth Day in April with art projects using recylced materials and games that include lessons on recylcing. See the Specialized Programs brochure for program dates, times, and locations.