Celebrate Earth Day at the Arboretum!

This Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., roll up your sleeves and come join the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG) and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a day of fun service projects to help improve the Washington Park Arboretum!

Organizers have selected about eight work sites throughout the Arboretum. Projects range from weeding and invasive plant removal to mulching and even some trail work, with different tasks suitable for 8-year-olds up through early teens and adults.

Earth Day 2012

2012 Earth Day volunteers. See how pumped up and excited they are?

This year’s service event is expected to draw some 300 volunteers, including a crew from a fraternity and sorority at the University of Washington, groups from Southwest Airlines and other corporate partners, volunteers from the National Park Service, local high schools and other individual participants.

The event officially kicks at 9:30 a.m. with introductory remarks from several speakers, including Tom DeLuca, director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. By 10 a.m., volunteers will begin fanning out to project sites around the Arboretum, and the event ends at 2 p.m.

If this is the first you’ve heard of the clean-up, don’t worry, it’s not too late to sign up! You can register online up until noon on Friday, April 12, and walk-up registration on Saturday will be available beginning at 9 a.m. They’re eager for all the hands they can get, so come spend a morning playing in the dirt, celebrating our Earth, working together to beautify our community, and getting youth and community members involved!

Where: Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle 98112. We will meet in the Meadow, which is about a five-minute walk south of the Graham Visitors Center on Arboretum Drive.

What to bring: Water bottle, sack lunch, travel mug for a hot drink, sunscreen, rain gear, long pants, layers of clothing and boots. (Some snacks and drinks are provided.)

What you won’t need: Tools, gloves, environmental education and project materials, all of which will be provided on site!

For more info or to register, visit the SCA’s event site, email wanw@thesca.org or call 206.324.4649.

Photo of 2012 Earth Day volunteers © Student Conservation Association.

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