(List updated October 2004)

The need for volunteers to help maintain, improve and restore our environment is huge! Listed below are the web sites for a number of organizations which will utilize your creative energy, and in some cases strong backs, to work for the environment. Many different types of volunteer opportunities are available from planting trees, to cleaning streams to improve salmon habitat to working with local environmental groups on policy issues. Good luck and have fun!  D.J.

County and city park departments need volunteers for tree planting, salmon restoration and invasive species removal. Similar type of volunteer work is done by Adopt-A-Stream, including a number of projects on the Sammamish and North Creek Watersheds.


King County Parks and Recreation (including Sammamish River projects)

Snohomish County-Parks and Recreation


Other Snohomish County departments

City of Everett

City of Everett

City of Seattle-Parks and Recreation

Adopt-A-Stream Foundation

Mountains-to-Sound Greenway Project


Tri-county Salmon Information center


King County-Department of Natural Resources

Department of Natural Resources Calendar of Events


Woodland Park Zoo:


Thornton Creek Alliance (North Seattle)



There are many dozen of environmental and social organizations represented in Washington. Some of these work on primarily local issues, while others focus on national and global scale issues.  While I have tried to include many organizations, you can find many more Washington environmental group through the Washington Environmental Council website.  Virtually all of these groups utilize volunteers to do research, field restoration, office work and/or policy development. In general, the more time you are able to commit, the more interesting the work you will be given. You can find information about all of these organizations by going through the links below.

Washington Environmental Council

(council made up of many Washington environmental organizations)

Sustainable Seattle

Northwest Environment Watch

Seattle Audobon Society


Earth Share of Washington:

The Mountaineers


Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club

Washington Wilderness Coalition

WashPIRG: Washington State Public Interest Research Group


The Washington Trails Association is the states largest organization dedicating to maintaing Washington's trails. They sponsor trail work parties almost every week of the year, rain or shine. Many of the work parties are close to Seattle, but some take place in the farther reaches of the state. While the work can be hard, it will also be rewarding in that you can see the direct results of your labor.


Washington Trails Association