Our annual Fall planting and stewardship event will take place on Saturday, November 19th from 10:00am - 2:00pm, at the upper restoration sites. First time and returning volunteers are absolutely welcome to join in and help make North Creek Forest healthier!
All of the native plants we will be planting are generously donated by Bartlett Tree Experts, who also donated plants at the Spring event earlier this year! The new trees and shrubs will help stabilize slopes and also fill in empty areas within the restoration sites.
For part of stewardship, there are patches of Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, both invasive weeds, that we will remove to provide more growing room for existing native plants. Identification lessons will be taught by our experienced forest volunteers. We will also spread mulch, provided by Northwest Arboriculture, to reduce erosion and increase soil nutrients as the other part of stewardship.
All of your hard work will be rewarded at the event's end with a homemade chili and cornbread feed prepared by the Friends of North Creek Forest's board members! It will be a delicious end to a rewarding day. And after you fill up on chili - head down to the Forest Research Expo at the Lower Restoration Sites.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form to sign up as it links directly to our volunteer database, and will automatically include you on this event's emails.
Thanks again, and we hope to see you on November 19th!
The deal should close in mid-October.
We once again extend our thanks, this time to the Peach Foundation, for a grant in support of our Education Program. The Peach Foundation enabled our Education Program to get started a few years ago, and we are so excited to take it to new heights in the coming year with their support!
We are incredibly honored to receive a grant from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund. This grant will help support our ever-growing Stewardship Program, which helps improve the health of North Creek Forest and brings depth to the greater community’s understanding of nature and how to protect our natural resources. Support from the Tulalip Tribes will allow us to develop and document systems and increase capacity so our volunteers continue to have a positive experience.
This grant will also support an educational partnership with the Northwest Indian College. We will work with NWIC faculty to support classroom learning about forest ecology and local traditional ecological knowledge with field experiences and project based learning.
We thank The Tulalip Tribes for their generosity support of our work and the work of many other organizations in our community.
Boeing Bothell employees came out on Friday, June 3rd to help restore North Creek Forest as part of World Environment Day. 37 volunteers helped remove invasive weeds like Himalayan blackberry, reed canarygrass, and morning glory. Removing the invasive weeds makes room for our existing native plants to thrive, which will help the restoration site continue to grow into a more mature forest. Furthermore, future volunteers will now be able to spread mulch over the cleared areas, which helps suppress invasive weed growth.
After 4 hours of work, Boeing volunteers cleared at least 2,000 square feet of invasive weeds from the lower restoration sites, contributing 86 hours in the process. Thanks again to all of the Boeing Bothell employees who helped restore North Creek Forest!
Help us celebrate the hard work of this year's UW-REN team, as well as hundreds of volunteers who helped pull invasive weeds, spread mulch, and plant natives! Join us on June 3 at 5pm for a BBQ and site tours to learn more about the project.
The party will be behind our office at:
20218 108th Ave. NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Look for a gravel path to the right of the house and follow it down and around to the back! We'll have a small sign showing you the way.
Please RSVP using the form below.
This grant supports our Stewardship Program, which focuses on improving the biological function of North Creek Forest, while simultaneously engaging the community to participate in its care. Our broader goal is to create greater public understanding of the environmental needs of our region.
Support from the Rose Foundation allows us to dedicate staff time to recruit, coordinate and educate volunteers at restoration and monitoring events to ensure that everyone has a positive experience, and that committed volunteers have the opportunity to work up to leadership roles.
We are honored to partner with the Rose Foundation to help people understand the connections between upland habitat, water quality, and the health of Puget Sound and to provide opportunities for all ages to make a positive environmental impact. Thank you for supporting this important work throughout our region.
This year's restoration site is almost complete, thanks to our hard working UW-REN team, and many volunteers! On Earth Day weekend, we teamed up with Whale Scout, Cascadia College, UW-Bothell, our neighbors, and the general public to continue our work to remove invasive species and enhance the native habitat at the edge of North Creek Forest.
After a break, we switched gears to work on habitat enhancement projects, which included birdhouse assembly, mushroom colonization, bee house building and tree planting! Thanks to your hard work this restoration site will support an amazing array of native plants and wildlife, and even include oyster mushrooms right along the trail for human foragers to enjoy.
Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who spent such a lovely spring Saturday working to provide a healthy forest for our community! We are blessed to have so many hard working volunteers, of all ages!