Earth Day 2017 in the Arboretum with Student Conservation Association

Our eleventh Arboretum Earth Day event partnering with Student Conservation Association was the largest ever with 340 total participants!

Opening ceremony speakers representing the three Washington Park Arboretum partners; Paige Miller, Executive Director of Arboretum Foundation; Elizabeth Van Volkenberg, Interim Director of UW School of Environmental Sciences (UW Botanic Gardens academic arm); and Christopher Williams, Seattle City Parks and Recreation Deputy Superintendent addressed the attentive crowd of eager volunteers of how valuable our Arboretum is to the local community and the importance of continual community stewardship. Then, Niko Purcell, Student Conservation Association keynote speaker, gave an inspired talk on her personal experience as an SCA alum and the “power of ordinary people giving back to their communities”.

Then, time to get to work! A total of seven projects throughout the Arboretum; Azalea Way, Rhododendron Glen and North Pinetum to name a few, saw a combined 230 yards of mulch spread and over 35 yards of ivy, blackberry and other weeds removed!

Mulching in Pinetum
Weeding in Chilean Gateway
Mulching in Pinetum
Weeding in Hollies
Removing blackberry along Lake Washington Blvd