11 Fun Family Volunteering Opportunities in and Around Seattle
Written by Lauren Valencia and Elisa Murray
Restore a Park or Beach
It’s hard to beat the tangibility of planting trees, doing battle with invasive plants, or cleaning up a beach. Opportunities abound, especially during Earth Month and many organizations have opportunities all year long. Just by participating, you and your kids learn about nature on location, and in some cases, organizations deliberately add a learning component.
Minimum age range: Dependent on organization. EarthCorps, for example, welcomes children (and babies!) at most events; Tacoma Nature Center notes that its volunteer days are better suited for older children.
Perks: An opportunity to give back to places that families use so much, to learn plant names, and weed-pulling skills that can be applied at home, too!
To be aware: Unless a work party is explicitly open to children, parents are advised to confirm that it’s okay to bring a child and to find out more about the work and terrain.
Great Organizations to Consider:
Friends of Cedar River Watershed
Green Seattle Partnership
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Tacoma Nature Center
Puget Sound Creek Restoration society
People for Puget Sound
Photo credit: EarthCorps