Celebrate Earth Month with Green Cities!
Happy Earth Month! April is here and it’s the time of year to celebrate the land and natural resources that support us, and to put extra energy into caring for them. Last year all of our Green Cities Earth Day volunteer events were cancelled due to the pandemic, but this year they are making a comeback in many of our Green Cities!
Unfortunately not all of our Green Cities will be hosting events this year, but the events that are happening are small and follow strict COVID-19 protocols in order to keep our volunteers safe and healthy. From coming out to a park to dig in, to joining our Earth Month book club, to tuning in to our Green Cities’ social media sites, there is something for everyone to celebrate, learn, and take action in caring for our earth. Check out below how you can get involved this Earth Month with our Green Cities!
Forterra’s Virtual Events
It Takes a City: Stewarding the Urban Forest
It takes everyday stewardship and cooperation for forests within our cities to flourish. Every year, partners in Forterra’s Green City Partnership program host over 1,000 stewardship events and volunteers put in over 115,000 hours of work helping forests in our cities become healthier and happier places to be through community stewardship.
Join Forterra and a panel of speakers to learn how communities are stewarding the well-being of forests and people on April 28th. Click here for more information and to register for this virtual event.
Dig In at an Event, Learn About Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Join Our Book Club
The Green Seattle Partnership will be hosting a variety of volunteer events throughout the month of April; click here to view Green Seattle’s event calendar where you can find and sign up for an Earth Month event happening in your neighborhood. In addition to regular volunteer events, Green Seattle will be engaging in an exploration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, learning how we can recognize and respect this knowledge, and reflecting on what we learn to better inform our stewardship of Seattle parks and natural areas.
You can also visit Green Seattle’s website to find a list of books and other learning opportunities on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) from indigenous authors around the world. On April 21, Green Seattle will be hosting a book club for anyone interested in reading Whereas by Layli Long Soldier.
Be sure to tune in to Green Seattle’s Instagram this Earth Month for discussions on TEK, a live plant walk, and more!
Volunteer at Jeanna Hanson Park
Green Snoqualmie will be hosting two volunteer events removing invasive plants to care for the forest at Jeanna Hanson Park on April 17th. There will be two shifts of 10 volunteers, the first from 9-11am and the second from 11-1pm. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org, including ‘Earth Day event’ in the subject as well as the shift you would like to sign up for.
Volunteer at Juanita Bay and Edith Moulton Parks
Join Green Kirkland for one of their several volunteer events happening this Earth Month. Volunteer events will be happening at Juanita Bay Park on April 14th and 28th, and at Edith Moulton Park on April 18th. Events will focus on environmental stewardship activities that will help the next generation of forest in these parks can thrive. All volunteers must sign up in advance so be sure to check out the Green Kirkland website for more information.
Join a Work Party or Learn About Wildlife Habitat
Join the Green Redmond Partnership at a weekday work party at Viewpoint Neighborhood Park on April 28th. If you can’t make it out to volunteer, you can also join Green Redmond virtually on April 21st for a presentation on what makes habitat healthy specifically for wildlife. If you’d like to tune in to this lunch-time presentation, you can click here to learn more.
Join Multiple Earth Month Events in Tacoma
Forterra will be hosting multiple Earth Day volunteering opportunities on Saturday, April 24th along Commencement Bay in Partnership with the Port of Tacoma, including opportunities for shoreline garbage pick-ups and wetland stewardship events. Register on the Port of Tacoma’s website.
Our friends at EarthCorps will also be hosting volunteer events every Saturday in April in support of the Green Tacoma Partnership. You can find their calendar of events here along with the parks they will be working at.
Join a Volunteer Event and Learn about Native Plants
Green Tukwila is hosting multiple opportunities to celebrate Earth Month that you can take part in! You can dig in at a hands-on restoration event by signing up for their April 20th volunteer work party at Riverton Park. Green Tukwila will also be hosting an Earth Day litter-clean-up event on April 22nd along the Green River Trail. Be sure to click the links above to sign up for their events and to find more information on how to get involved.
If you’re interested in learning more about native plants this Earth Month, you can also take part in Green Tukwila’s self-guided native plant walk, which will be available at Tukwila Park from April 13th – 30th.
Help to Pick Up Litter at Tukwila's Fort Dent Park
Every April community members, nonprofits, municipalities, and businesses come together to care for and enhance habitat along the Duwamish River as a part of Duwamish Alive!. As one of the many small Duwamish Alive! events happening this year, Forterra and Green Tukwila will be hosting a litter pick up at Fort Dent Park in Tukwila where trees and shrubs were recently planted. On April 17th from 10-11:30am, we will be hosting two groups for the event, each with a maximum of 10 volunteers. To sign up for the first group, fill out this Google form, for the second group, fill out this Google form. For any questions email email@example.com.
Many of our Green Cities are not hosting Earth Month events, but are still active on social media, sharing program updates, forest restoration resources, and highlights on some of our favorite native plants and wildlife. Stay tuned for Earth Month related content and volunteer event updates at the Facebook pages and websites linked below: