Work Parties

How can you have fun, meet others, gain new skills, enjoy fresh air, and participate hands-on in an important cause?
Volunteer for a few hours in a WMTP work party!

No special skills, fitness, or gear from you are required! We’ll show you how to do everything and provide all the tools and support needed. Working safely and comfortably as a flexible group, the work is always fun and satisfying!
Family members (elementary age or older) and friends can come too — and often do! (Participants under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian… see our Work Party FAQs.) Usually, we have 20-25 people per event — a “just right” size.

Ready to sign up with us? All it takes is one or two easy steps below:

Step 1: New to WMTP Work Parties?

Fill out this one-time registration form. We’ll send an occasional email notifying you of our new work party dates — you’ll get first dibs at those!

Step 2: Already registered above?

Then click any box below for a specific work party date to attend. After you submit the brief form that will appear, you’ll receive an auto-reply email confirming your submittal. (Check your Spam folder, if necessary.) Please be sure to add the date and time to your calendar!
Then no later than two days before the work party, you’ll receive a reminder email with further details (parking, exact location, any changes, etc.). Meanwhile, If you have questions or didn’t receive either email, please contact us ASAP. Thanks!

Thursday, July 18th, Bellingham Parks Bucket Brigade!

Help us keep tree seedlings alive and growing through the hot, dry season! Volunteers are needed to carry buckets of water from a city water truck to hundreds of seedlings planted by WMTP in Cordata, Julianna, and Squalicum Creek Parks. It’s hard work, but great exercise, and rewarding! This watering is ESSENTIAL to these trees’ survival.

Accessibility: Moderate

Saturday, July 20th, 9AM-12PM Hertz Trail Ivy Removal (Part 2!)

Come join us for a fun summer morning of saving ~45 more trees, a follow-up to our work party at the same site on May 26th.

You can make a delightful day of it and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the grassy area after a morning of satisfying work, then go jump in the lake to cool off!

Accessibility: Easy

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 9AM-12PM WHS Wildlife Center Seedling Watering

Help us keep tree seedlings alive and growing through the hot, dry season! Volunteers are needed to carry buckets of water from a volunteer water truck to hundreds of seedlings planted by WMTP at the WHS Wildlife Rehab Center. It’s hard work, but great exercise, and rewarding! This watering is ESSENTIAL to these trees’ survival.

Accessibility: Moderate

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Saturday, July 27th, 9AM-12PM Meridian Street Haggen Ivy Removal

Help us save mature trees by removing ivy at the Meridian Street Haggen! Trees in this area are extra important to help reduce heat island effects from all the hardscape, so protecting them is a crucial contribution to the health of the community!

Accessibility: Easy

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Thursday, August 15th, Bellingham Parks Bucket Brigade!

Help us keep tree seedlings alive and growing through the hot, dry season! Volunteers are needed to carry buckets of water from a city water truck to hundreds of seedlings planted by WMTP in Cordata, Julianna, and Squalicum Creek Parks. It’s hard work, but great exercise, and rewarding! This watering is ESSENTIAL to these trees’ survival.

Accessibility: Moderate

Saturday, August 24th, 9AM-12PM Rutsatz Salmon Reserve Blackberry Tackle with Whatcom Land Trust

We’re partnering with Whatcom Land Trust to help with restoration work at their Rutsatz Salmon Reserve property along the Nooksack River. At this work party, you will be removing blackberry vines and digging up roots from around young trees, increasing their survival rate, and clearing the way for additional future tree-planting. Healthy forest along the banks of the Nooksack River has a direct impact on the health and reproduction of salmon.

Accessibility: Moderate

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Thursday, September 19th, Bellingham Parks Bucket Brigade!

Help us keep tree seedlings alive and growing through the hot, dry season! Volunteers are needed to carry buckets of water from a city water truck to hundreds of seedlings planted by WMTP in Cordata, Julianna, and Squalicum Creek Parks. It’s hard work, but great exercise, and rewarding! This watering is ESSENTIAL to these trees’ survival.

Accessibility: Moderate

Coming soon…

More work parties will be added periodically to this page — subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter to get the earliest scoop on our updates!

Please spread the word if you know anyone else who may like to attend one of our fun upcoming work parties! Thanks!


Work Party FAQs

Q: When will I receive further details about the work party I signed up for?
A: Details such as the work party’s exact location, parking details, etc. will be emailed to registered participants no later than two days before the work party. If you don’t see that email by then, please contact us ASAP.
Q: What if I need to cancel?
A: If you signed up, please show up! But if you need to cancel for some unforeseen reason, that’s okay — just please let us know ASAP by email.
Q: Do youth who want to attend have special requirements?
A: For kids 8-15, a waiver must be signed for each youth by their supervising adult, for each work party. Youth 15-17 years old may attend without a parent or guardian as long as they have the signed waiver! Youth will not be allowed to participate without the signed waiver. Please request the waiver in your registration form if needed.
Q: What should I wear and bring to a work party?
A: Please wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, long pants, and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring a water bottle and favorite gloves if you have your own.
Q: What is WMTP’s work party focus?
A: It depends on the time of year. Tree seedlings are best planted in dormant (cold) months. So our work parties from late November through end of March tend to be focused on that. The remainder of the year our work parties maintain existing planting sites or remove invasive English ivy to save mature trees.
Q: Can businesses hold an employee work-party with WMTP?
A: Yes, we love doing that! Please consider an Employee Team-Building Work Party with us! We’ll handle the planning/logistics and support everyone at the event. The fun, satisfying work and team-building can have a terrific positive impact on your colleagues!

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