Saturday is Parks Appreciation Day, and if you love your parks, or have kids who need to complete service hours, this is a great opportunity. The event is from 9-12, and you really will want to get there by 9 at the latest. I know this will sound funny, but I used to do this with kids when I was teaching, and my experience is that the park personnel always underestimate how much enthusiastic volunteers can get done. Show up at 11, and you’re likely to be standing around!
You’ll want to wear clothes that can get wet and muddy and label any equipment you bring. Typical events include weeding, trail work, and litter pick up. Even young children should be able to help, though I’d probably leave home anyone younger than 5, and you’ll want to supervise their activities carefully (skip litter duty for young ones).
Pierce County Parks and Recreation Just show up at one of the sites between 9-12. There is also a “Pick a Park,” option, but that link seems to be broken right now.
Metro Parks Tacoma-Click on “Find a site,” to see many parks where you can help. Groups of 10 or fewer can just show up. I noticed that many of these events were already over 100 volunteers with preregistered church and scout groups. See what I mean about coming early?
Fife A clean-up event followed by a tree planting and community barbecue
Puyallup Parks and Rec Just show up at Wildwood Park or the Parks and Recreation complex to participate in clean-up and general beautification.
Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula-Various events in Gig Harbor and around the Peninsula. Large groups are asked to register. Families can just show up!
Also in Gig Harbor, you can help out at the Fox Island Nature Center. Call 253 549 4576 for details
Kitsap County-Save Sinclair inlet event with sites in Port Orchard and Bremerton
Lacey-Seedling giveaway While supplies last
Don’t see an event near you? Call your nearest parks department and ask! If you know about a good one, drop me a line or leave a comment.
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