You have probably been inundated with tons of reminders about Earth Day from news, your social media feed, or your local community bulletin boards. Earth Day is a good reminder for a call to action on protection and conservation. But as human beings living on this planet we call home, we need to care about the environment every day and year-round.
Probably some of you have already contributed by taking actions at home – carefully sorting your waste, conserving water by taking a shorter shower, purchasing and using fewer chemicals, or even considering replacing your conventional fuel-powered car with an electric one. These are certainly good for the environment – but getting involved in the community can expand your environmental impact and help others learn to be green. If you’re already involved, keep doing it – five stars! If you are wondering how and where to help, check out our list of environmental volunteer opportunities in Kirkland.
One-Time Volunteer Opportunities
- Green Kirkland Partnership restoration events. Take care of Kirkland’s forests and streamside habitat. Projects occur at parks around the city year-round, with opportunities on weekends and weekdays. (City of Kirkland)
- Totem Lake wetland habitat restoration events. Join King Conservation District to help restore and maintain habitat for diverse plants and animals at Totem Lake. Events occur several times a year.
- Storm drain marking. (PDF) The City needs volunteers to place markers next to storm drains to remind people to put “Only Rain Down the Drain.” This activity is best for the late spring and summer. (City of Kirkland)
- Adopt a storm drain. Adopt a storm drain and protect your neighborhood from fall flooding by keeping your drain clear of leaves. (City of Kirkland)
- Bike Everywhere Day tabling. Want to meet other bike-lovers? Cascade Bicycle Club needs volunteers to table at their annual Bike Day – this year on May 19, 2016. (Cascade Bicycle Club and City of Kirkland)
- WSDOT bike and pedestrian count. Every fall, WSDOT collects bicycle and pedestrian usage data in cities throughout the state to inform transportation planning. Kirkland is one of the State’s focus cities. WSDOT and Cascade Bicycle Club enlist volunteers to collect the numbers of people biking and walking on trails, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
- Become a Green Kirkland Steward. Are you interested in getting more involved in restoration than simply attending events? The Green Kirkland Steward Program trains and supports volunteers to lead restoration activities in City parks and YOU can be part of it. (City of Kirkland)
- Become a Soil and Water Steward. Learn about food waste prevention, composting, and stormwater – then teach others! Annual training takes place in April, an in-depth educational experience with Tilth Alliance at McAuliffe Park over three weeknight evenings and three Saturday sessions.
Get Involved with Local Organizations
- Kirkland Greenways. If you enjoy jogging, walking, or taking your kids or dogs for fun along the streets, Kirkland Greenways has on-going volunteer opportunities for people who want to make our neighborhood streets quiet and safe.
- Seattle Tilth at McAuliffe Park. Join Seattle Tilth at the new Learning Garden at McAuliffe Park for drop-in work parties to help prepare the garden for a productive growing season. The Learning Garden teaches Kirklanders how to garden with sustainable practices. Work parties happen on every second and fourth Thursday of each month.
- Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance. Live near Finn Hill or Juanita? Love the beautiful woodlands and waterways of Big Finn Hill Park, Juanita Woodlands, and Juanita Heights Park? Help FHNA protecting this nature wonderland at restoration work parties.
- Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Kirkland Chapter. Advocate for passing climate legislation with like-minded Kirklanders.
- Sustainable Kirkland. Are you interested in proposing solutions for sustainability issues? Sustainable Kirkland holds a monthly potluck on the first Thursday night of each month, discussing and planning for sustainability issues in Kirkland.