Carkeek’s urban forest needs helping hands to thrive.

Love Carkeek Park?  Consider Volunteering!

Volunteers are crucial to the survival of the park and its ecosystem.

Each Friday 9:00 – noon or so, a group of weekday worker forest helpers (WeWo) meet to remove invasive plants that don’t belong, plant native plants that do belong, and perform a host of restoration activities to keep this forest ecosystem healthy and strong.

For more information on WeWo email


Every 3rd Saturday volunteers work on forest restoration and trail maintenance. Check out the flier here, and register for an event by selecting Carkeek from the park drop down here


Here is a list of all the volunteer groups that join in caring efforts at Carkeek Park:

Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) 

CPAC is a group of neighbors, community members and volunteers who support and enjoy Carkeek Park.  CPAC works with Seattle Parks and Recreation in an advisory and supporting role to organize volunteer efforts.  Many in our community have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to improve the park in areas such as restoring salmon runs to Piper’s Creek, improving trails, restoring Piper’s Orchard, reforestation and many others.

The council holds monthly business meetings, except during the summer.  Most council work is done by its committee members, who plan, organize and carry out volunteer activities.

—>  For more information or to volunteer, contact (206) 684-0877.

Streams, Trails, and Reforestation Stewards (STARS)

If you enjoy Carkeek’s trail system, STARS volunteers are especially to thank!

Work parties are every 3rd Saturday of the month.

–>  For more information or to volunteer, contact Dale Johnson at (206) 362-2980 or at

Friends of Piper’s Orchard

Friends of Piper’s Orchard is a group of neighbors who love Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park.   Together they work with Seattle Parks and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council to preserve and restore the orchard.  The Friends of Pipers Orchard web page fosters community

support for Piper’s Creek Orchard by sharing information about the orchard.

Master Foresters

Master Foresters is a class for beginning foresters that addresses the very basics of forest restoration:  Species knowledge (summer and winter characteristics), invasive removal, planting and monitoring, and knowledge of the tools and work technique involved.  The class is primarilarly for neighborhood residents who wish to become Forest Stewards in Carkeek Park, but open places can be filled with city-wide participants.  A requirement is being able-bodied, as being a Forest Steward is a physically demanding hobby.

—>  For more information or to volunteer, contact Lex Voorhoeve or at (206) 706-1009.

Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP)

CWCAP currently sponsors the following programs:  Salmon Feeders, Salmon Count Program, Salmon Stewards, Beach Docents, Demonstration Garden Volunteers, Earth Day and Salmon Celebration.

—>  For more information or to volunteer, contact Nancy Malmgren at (206) 363-4116.

Weekday Workers (WEWO)

WEWO focuses on special planting and plant care projects, with the help of volunteers who are  available during the week.  The work varies as needs arise in Carkeek Park.  Typical activities are planting, invasive removal and clearing blocked trails.

—>  For more information or to volunteer, contact Loren McElvain at (206) 782-7617

or at

Friends of Llandover Woods (FoLW)

FoLW is dedicated to preserving Llandover Woods in NW Seattle and is currently working on a forest restoration plan.   FoLW also participates in the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) program.  The group holds regular work parties every 2nd Sunday of the month, year round.  These are also listed in both the Green Seattle Partnership Event’s web page and Seattle Parks and Recreation Volunteer calendar.

—>  For more information or to volunteer, contact Glenn Austin at (206) 364-9252 or at

Service Learning Credits

Carkeek Park Caretakers welcome school and youth groups!  Service Learning Credits can be earned for any of the volunteer activities at Carkeek Park.  Please be sure to let the volunteer coordinator for your project know about your need for service learning credits.