Saturday, April 13, 2019 • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Celebrate Earth Month by volunteering with us!
We’ll be weeding and doing some trail clearing at the Stevens Restoration Site.
Meet at the Stevens Restoration Site
4441 Brygger Dr W, Seattle, WA 98199
From W Government Way (near the Shell Gas Station) turn north on 34th Ave W, which becomes Brygger Dr W. Follow it around an S-curve until you get to a dead-end sign and a big pile of wood chips.
There are bike paths from downtown, the ship canal, and Ballard, and if you’d like to walk from the Locks, for example, it’s 5 minutes uphill from the fish ladder to W Government Way, then go right and it’s 5 minutes following the directions above.
Parking is VERY limited on Brygger Drive. Please park along W Government Way or 34th.
No need to stay the whole time! Any volunteer hours are appreciated. Perfect opportunity to get Student Service Hours!
More info and sign up here: https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/16125/
Saturday, March 16, 2019 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Spring Planting in Kiwanis Ravine
Help us get native plants in the ground as we continue restoring habitat in Kiwanis Ravine Wildlife Refuge! We have many established native shrubs and trees, and now we’re adding understory plants as ecological succession of the plant community proceeds. We’ll likely do some weeding of invasive species to start, then plant bunchberry, wild ginger, Oregon grape and ferns.
Kiwanis ravine is home to numerous bird species, amphibians, mountain beavers, and other wildlife, and it’s an important green buffer for the great blue heron nesting colony at the Ballard Locks. We’ll tour the colony before we begin; it’s near our meeting point.
We meet at Commodore Park on the Magnolia side of the Ballard Locks. (there is free parking)
No experience necessary. We provide all the tools needed, and a light snack.
Perfect opportunity to give back to the environment, family or office group volunteering, or get your student service hours.
Sign up here: https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/15411/
December 8 • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Second-Saturday Restoration Work Party
Volunteer with Heron Habitat Helpers from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm as we continue restoring forested habitat in Kiwanis Ravine. Come for the whole time, or an hour or two. This month we’ll weed out invasive plants to help native plants get established. Learn to identify native and alien species and get ideas for your own backyard wildlife gardening. Kiwanis ravine is home to numerous bird species, amphibians, mountain beavers, and other wildlife, and it’s an important green buffer for the great blue heron nesting colony at the Ballard Locks.
Learn more and sign up:
We’re seeking volunteers to water plants at one, or more, of our three restoration sites: Commodore Park, the Overlook, or the Corridor — all of which are in Magnolia. We’ll show you how, then you choose the day and time that works best for you. We’re flexible, and it’s no problem if you have to miss once in a while. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 14 – Second-Saturday Restoration Work Party
Join us on July 14 from 9am – 1pm for a second-Saturday restoration work party. We meet at Commodore Park. No experience necessary. Get more info, grab a friend or 5 and and sign up here:
Become a heron monitor!
(Closed for 2018 but contact us about next year, Feb 2019)
We’re looking for enthusiastic citizen scientists who will volunteer to observe and record data on a large colony of great blue herons next to the Ballard Locks in Seattle. Volunteer hours will be a minimum of once/week, three hours/day over a several-month heron breeding season – approximately early February to early August. No previous experience necessary. We will train.
Heron monitors assist by observing and recording the nesting activity and growth of a 60 + nest heron colony at Commodore Park. Data is recorded by hand onto monitoring forms and then transferred later to Excel spreadsheets. Results are sent to WA Department of Fish and Wildlife and other interested organizations.
Heron Monitor Duties:
• Work outdoors at Commodore Park independently and as part of a team.
• Observe herons in their natural habitat with binoculars and/or telescope as they stage (pre-nest), claim or build nests, court, copulate, incubate and hatch eggs, rear young, and fledge (fly away).
• Record data about activities in each nest on prepared monitoring forms and transfer to shared Excel spreadsheets.
• Attend team meetings as necessary.
• Desire to assist in great blue herons’ survival and growth
• Ability to stand for a few hours at a time in some inclement weather
• Ability to look up at nests about 40’ high in alder trees with binoculars and/or telescope and accurately describe heron nesting activity
• Desire to act as Heron Steward as you monitor – answer public’s questions
• Patience with visitors to Commodore Park
• Flexibility with some dates and hours to volunteer
• Participate in two educational activities for the public
• Basic knowledge of Excel spreadsheets
Please email if you’re interested in this position, or would like more information!!
Saturday Jan. 13, 2018 9:30am – 1:30pm
United Way MLK Day of Service
Please join us in what we believe helps to fulfill Martin Luther King’s belief in service.
The forest in Kiwanis Ravine is maturing slowly, and older alders and maples die of old age while young conifers grow in their place. This is forest succession, an ecological process. Non-native plant species take advantage of gaps to invade, degrading the area’s wildlife habitat value. We seek volunteers to help clear away weeds and spread new mulch to allow native shrubs and trees to grow. No experience necessary! Office, school, and community organizations welcome, and individuals and families.
Through habitat restoration, community outreach, public education and ongoing advocacy, HHH works to ensure the great blue heron continues to thrive throughout the Puget Sound region. We do this because we believe the great blue heron – and other wildlife native to this area – contributes immeasurably to the unique quality of life we enjoy here in the Pacific Northwest.
If you have any questions, please email:
Maintain the Stevens Site
We’re looking for one or two volunteers to work with an HHH team member for three hours once or twice a month doing general weeding and trail maintenance. We can work with your schedule and no experience is necessary. The Stevens Site it at the end of Brygger Drive W, not far from the Shell station at Gov’t Way and 34th Ave W in Magnolia. For more information or to volunteer:
If digging in the dirt isn’t your thing but you would love to be involved, there are many other opportunities!
- Public relations – Be the “go to” person for contacting local publications and community organizations telling them of HHH’s accomplishments and activities.
- Become a citizen scientist – Observe and record on the heron colony during nesting season.
- Website guru – Help us keep our website up to date with occasional blog posts and event listings.
- Outreach – Help us organize events, staff a booth at local farmers markets, get groups involved in restoration parties and more.
- We’re open to new ideas – Feel free to contact us with suggestions for events and activities!
For more information about volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
Become a “Watchdog” for illegal dumping:
It is illegal to dump yard waste, or any other material, in city ravines and parks. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is in charge of dumping complaints, and they would like to hear about any dumping in Kiwanis Ravine. The phone number is 206-684-7587, or you can do it online at SPU.