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Duwamish Alive! at Longfellow Creek & Camp Long: West Seattle

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Join EarthCorps, the King Conservation District, the Duwamish Alive! Coalition, the Green Seattle Partnership, Make a Difference Day, and local stewardship groups at Longfellow Creek! This is the second largest Salmon-bearing creek in Seattle (Thornton Creek being the largest).  Every year, salmon return to the creek but few make it all the way to spawning due to a loss of natural habitat. This where we need your help! Your work will help address stormwater pollution issues that face the city and help to make the land around the stream more natural. We would love to teach you more, so join us!

The Basics

EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water and snack bars. We will teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health, and the importance of the work you will be doing. No experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new! Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.

This video may give you a better idea of what to expect.

For your safety and comfort please bring:

  • Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
  • Long pants and long sleeves (helps protect against prickly plants)
  • Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required such as work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, etc.NO sandals, flats or heels)
  • Rain gear and warm layers -OR- sun protection (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks (to refuel)
  • Full water bottle (we will have a jug on-site for re-fills)
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee

The event will happen rain or shine!

What will volunteers be doing at the event?

While the exact tasks can vary, our projects focus on improving the forests and parks in our local cities. Healthy and thriving forests are vital to our community because they absorb and filter rain water, produce clean oxygen, provide living spaces for wildlife, and create a place for people to connect with the outdoors.
 
In order to help create healthy forests, the work can include:

  • Removing aggressive weeds (like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry)
  • Maintaining areas where these weeds have been removed (weeding or spreading mulch)
  • Planting trees and shrubs during the rainy season (often ~Oct.-Feb.)

Groups

If you are coming as a group, the group leaders are expected to have an active role in our events. After registering your group, please get in touch with volunteer@earthcorps.org to make sure everything is in order. On the day of the event, make yourself known to the staff (in bright yellow vests) and arrive early in order to help guide your group members.

Youth Policy

Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 that are not with a parent or guardian must bring a filled out Youth Waiver the day of the event.
 
Youth and school groups are welcome to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Team to take care of all necessary preparations. 

Directions

Meeting location: 26th Ave SW & SW Brandon St, Seattle, WA

Allow plenty of time to get to the worksite and find parking, we are expecting tons of volunteers! We encourage volunteers to carpool or utilize public transportation to this event. Parking will be limited.

From I-5 or Route 99 (heading north or south):

  1. Take the West Seattle Bridge exit off either highway.
  2. From the bridge take the Delridge Way SW/South Seattle Community College exit
  3. The exit turns into Delridge Way
  4. Continue down Delridge for ~1.2 miles
  5. Turn RIGHT onto Brandon Street and follow the signs!


Public Transit: The closest bus stop is at Delridge Way SW & SW Brandon St. Please use the Metro Trip Planner to find the best route to the event: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/. Follow the signs when you arrive to the bus stop.

Be sure to Register: Duwamish Alive Registration