Helpin’ Out Maury Island Marine Park 3/24
February 9th, 2018 by Whitney Neugebauer
Come plant native trees at a scenic, waterfront park, on Maury Island! Located a short ferry ride from Seattle or Tacoma, the Maury Island Marine Park boasts more than one mile of undeveloped shoreline. The trees we will plant will help stabilize the steep sloping terrain which was once mined for gravel. This will restore nearshore processes of sediment and organic matter input helping forage fish and juvenile salmon to grow up and become orca food. In addition to planting, we will be removing litter and microplastics from the beach!
Date: March 24th, 2018
Time: 10:30am – 2:40pm
What to Expect
Join volunteers from Whale Scout and the community and King County Parks staff as we work to plant native trees in this beautiful park. Event will begin with a discussion that includes information about King County Parks, Whale Scout, Maury Island Marine Park history, why this work is important and tool use and safety. King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools. Young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Any minors under the age of 18 attending the event without a parent or legal guardian must also bring a signed youth waiver to event in order to participate. Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the event and allow extra time to find parking. Valuable information about the park and instruction on the project is given at the start of the event and it is important for all volunteers to be present.
Our events run rain or shine. In the event of hazardous weather, the King County staff member leading your
project will be in contact via email the morning of the project if weather conditions dictate any changes to
event plans. Plan to check your email before you leave for the event to ensure you receive any event updates.
If you are a contact for a group coming out to volunteer, please ensure that you have set up a way to contact
your group members the morning of the event if needed. Our Project for the day is planting!
RSVP REQUIRED! Please email email@example.com with the number of participants.
What to Bring
Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty.
Jeans or thick pants are ideal, stretchy leggings,
shorts or capris are not recommended
Rain jacket and rain pants, park can be windy so
bring extra warm layers and a jacket or
Closed –toed shoes are essential. Sturdy
sneakers, rain boots or hiking boots are ideal
Full water bottle
Lunch and snacks
Taking the Fauntleroy-Vashon Ferry to Vashon Island – Winter Schedule – If you are coming out to Vashon Island just for the event, there is a ferry leaving the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock in West Seattle at 9:30am. This will get you to Vashon in time to drive to the event arriving to the event about 10:30am. There is a return ferry to Fauntleroy at 3:40, we will finish the event in time for volunteers to be to the ferry dock by 3:10. If you are able to spend the rest of the day on Vashon, there are lots of wonderful King County Parks to explore!
Taking the ferry from Tacoma, catch the 9:15am departing from Point Defiance then you can
return on 4:05 ferry (we may not wrap up at the site in time to catch the 3:10 ferry). Drive north on the
Vashon Island Ferry SW, turn right onto SW Quartermaster Dr. then follow directions below from Dockton Rd
SW/George Edwards Rd to park
Directions from the Vashon Island Ferry Dock
Drive off Ferry Dock and onto Vashon Highway SW
Turn left at SW Cemetery Rd
SW Cemetery Rd turns right and becomes Vashon Ave
Turn left onto College Ave/SW Ellisport Rd
Continue onto Dockton Rd SW/George Edwards Rd – Continue to follow Dockton Rd SW
Continue straight onto SW Point Robinson Rd
Turn left to stay on SW Point Robinson Rd
Turn right onto 59th Ave SW
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto SW 244th St
Turn left into the gravel parking area
Open gate and continue driving down the access road. PLEASE CLOSE GATE BEHIND YOU
As you drive down the access road, continue driving all the way down to the Shelter by the beach. Our registration table will be under the shelter. Park in the open area around the shelter. NOTE – This is a different meeting spot than our last event!
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