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Interested in recreation on DNR-managed lands? Want to get involved? Consider volunteering.

There's all sorts of ways you can get involved in improving recreation on DNR-managed lands. Help build and repair trails. Restore or monitor a stream. Paint buildings. Build a bridge. Attend a meeting and provide your input. Check out upcoming volunteer opportunities on our calendar below...

Updated: April 17, 2014

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2014:        April | May | June | July

Volunteers must be 18 or older or have pre-approved parental signature on volunteer form. 

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April 2014

DateTimeEvent / Sponsor / ActivityLocationContact
April 1910 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NEW! Volunteer Work Party at

Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve (NAP)

 

Join DNR staff at the Mysterious

Mima Mounds!

Volunteers and staff will aid in facilities maintenance including repairs, sign and trail maintenance, and prairie restoration.

 

What to Bring
Please bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, and water. Dress for the weather.
DNR will provide the tools.

 

Light refreshments will be provided.

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

NOTE:  This is a Discover Pass-required area; HOWEVER, volunteers will be issued a complimentary day-use pass for this event.

 

Mima Mounds NAP

7 miles south of Olympia

 

Directions

  • From south bound or north bound I-5, take exit 95.
  • Go west on Highway 121 to Littlerock.
  • In Littlerock continue west on 128th, up the hill to the "T" at Waddell Creek Rd.
  • Turn right on Waddell Creek Rd.
  • Mima Mounds NAP entrance is about 1 mile on the left.
Nick Cronquist
360-480-2700
nick.cronquist@dnr.wa.gov
April 269:30 am. to 2 p.m.

Capitol Forest –

Equine Loop Work Party  

Join DNR and volunteers from the Scatter Creek Riders Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) to work on the loop.

 

Work will consist of doing gravel work on muddy sections of the Equine Loop, and re-grading of the steep entrance to the Equine Loop which is slippery when wet.

 

What to bring
Appropriate work clothes and boots for weather conditions, work gloves, water, snacks and/or lunch. 


** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.


 

Capitol Forest -

Equine Loop

Meeting Place

 

Meet at

Appaloosa Club, 12011 Waddell Creek Rd. SW, Littlerock, WA 

 

NOTE:  Because we are parking at the Appaloosa Club, no Discover Passes will be needed.

 

Directions

Directions to Appaloosa Club:

  • From Littlerock, continue on 128th Ave. SW to Waddell Creek Road SW.
  • turn right. 
  • Go .9 miles to the Appaloosa Club which is on the left.

 

Nick Cronquist
360-480-2700
nick.cronquist@dnr.wa.gov
April 269 a.m. to 2 p.m.

South Bank Trust Land Clean-up
Join DNR staff and volunteers from Inland Empire Geocaching to clean up state trust lands. Volunteers will be picking up litter and bagging it.

 

What to Bring

Bring water, lunch, gloves, &  appropriate footwear such as boots or good hiking shoes.

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

South Bank Trust Land

 

Directions

  • From Nine Mile Falls
    Drive 0.3 mi north on N Nine Mile Rd/WA-291
  • Turn left (west) on W Charles Rd.
  • Drive 5.0 mi west on W Charles Rd,
  • Turn right (north) on N South Bank Road.
  • Drive 5.2 mi north on N South Bank Road,
  • Turn left on side of road at the entrance to Trust Land where a "No Unauthorized Vehicle" sign is posted.  

 

GPS Coordinates
N47 52.235 W117 40.853           

 

Kyle Pomrankey

509-685-2719

kyle.pomrankey@dnr.wa.gov

April 269 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Reiter Foothills non-motorized trails Work Party
Join DNR staff to build new non-motorized mountain bike trails at Reiter Foothills Forest.

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass

 

Reiter Foothills Forest
Meet at the following location:

14828 429th Ave. SE
Gold Bar, WA 98251

Get Directions

 

David Way

360-333-5741
david.way@dnr.wa.gov

 

April 268 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nicholson Horse Trails Work Party
Please join DNR staff and Pierce County Chapter Back Country Horsemen to work on the Nicholson Horse Trails.

Safety briefing will begin at 8 a.m. followed by work maintaining trails and the campground.

What to Bring
Bring work gloves, booths or sturdy shoes, attire appropriate for the weather, lunch or trail snacks, and drinking water. Hand tools will be provided.

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Sahara Creek Campground
Meet at Sahara Creek Campground located on the north side of Highway 706 at mile marker 5.

Directions:

  • Start at Elbe
  • Go 5.3 miles on Hwy 706
  • Turn left into the site

Nancy Barker
253-312-4301

nancy.barker@dnr.wa.gov

 

May 2014

DateTimeEvent / Sponsor / ActivityLocationContact
May 39 a.m. to 2 p.m.FOCF Monthly Work Party
Join DNR staff and volunteers from
Friends of Capital Forest for a work party.

Work to improve road crossing areas, remove wood supports on berms, and drainage.

Kids are welcome! There is often a mountain bike ride after the work party.


What to bring

Bring clothes appropriate for weather conditions and work gloves. Bring your lunch and drinks if desired. Tools will be provided.

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Capital Forest
Meet at the "Y" intersection of Waddell Creek Road and Sherman Valley Road.

Get Directions
Nick Cronquist
360-480-2700
nick.cronquist@dnr.wa.gov
May 109 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Walker Valley ORV Area Work

Join DNR staff and other volunteers to help work on trails, clean ditches, haul gravel, brush trails, paint, pick up garbage, and more! No need to call first.

Show up at 9 a.m. to get the day's assignment from a DNR staffer. Work as long as you want. Bring a hard hat, gloves, lunch, and water. Work parties take place  — rain or shine!

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Walker Valley

Meet at the Walker Valley Trailhead Information Kiosk
18652 Peter Burns Rd
Mount Vernon

Get Directions

Jim Cahill
360-854-2874
jim.cahill@dnr.wa.gov

May 8 May 9
May 10

9 a.m. to

4:30 p.m.

Whites Ridge Work Party

Join DNR staff and other volunteers for three days of trail clean-up and area improvements for Whites Ridge.

Co-sponsors with DNR 

Back Country Horseman Central Washington Chapter and BCHW – Yakima Valley Chapter

 

ADA compliant horse ramp to be built
Construct American's with Disability Act (ADA) Horse ramp and clear brush for new trail.

 

What to Bring

Dress accordingly and bring gloves. Water and sports drinks will be provided.  Bring a lunch.  Call Jeff for list of tools to bring.

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass

 

Whites Ridge Trailhead – 9571 North Fork
Ahtanum Rd.

 

Driving Directions

  • From I-82, take exit 36.
  • Turn onto E Valley Mall Blvd, continue straight to Longfiber Rd.
  • Turn left and travel south to Ahtanum Rd.
  • Turn right and continue west for 14 miles.
  • Turn right on to North Fork Ahtanum Rd, continue 10 miles to trailhead.

 

Jeff Jones
509-972-2862 or
509-961-3525 jeff.jones@dnr.wa.gov

May 189 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Skagit PowerSports Trail Improvement Day

Join DNR staff, Skagit Powersports, and other volunteers to help work on motorized trails and do other tasks as needed. No need to call first.

Show up at 9 a.m. to get the day's assignment from a DNR staffer. Work as long as you want. Bring a hard hat, gloves, lunch, and water.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Walker Valley

Meet at the Walker Valley Trailhead Information Kiosk
18652 Peter Burns Rd
Mount Vernon

Get Directions

Jim Cahill
360-854-2874
jim.cahill@dnr.wa.gov

May 249 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Reiter Foothills ORV Work Party
Join DNR staff to enhance the Motorcycle Trials trail area and work other ORV trail projects.

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass

 

 

 

 

Reiter Foothills Forest
Meet at the Deer Flats Mainline Gate.

Directions:

  • Drive East on Hwy 2 through the town of Gold Bar
  • Turn left onto Reiter Road
  • Continue for 3.8 miles
  • Deer Flats Mainline Road will be on your left

 

David Way

360-333-5741
david.way@dnr.wa.gov

 

May 248 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nicholson Horse Trails Work Party
Please join DNR staff and Pierce County Chapter Back Country Horsemen to work on the Nicholson Horse Trails.

Safety briefing will begin at 8 a.m. followed by work maintaining trails and the campground.

What to Bring
Bring work gloves, booths or sturdy shoes, attire appropriate for the weather, lunch or trail snacks, and drinking water. Hand tools will be provided.

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Sahara Creek Campground
Meet at Sahara Creek Campground located on the north side of Highway 706 at mile marker 5.

Directions:

  • Start at Elbe
  • Go 5.3 miles on Hwy 706
  • Turn left into the site

Nancy Barker
253-312-4301

nancy.barker@dnr.wa.gov

 

 
June 2014

DateTimeEvent / Sponsor / ActivityLocationContact
June 7TBD

SAVE THE DATE - National Trails Day®

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is the country’s largest celebration of trails.

 

Save the date as DNR will be hosting events statewide! Check back frequently.

 

TBDTBD
June 79 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blanchard Forest National

Trails Day Event

 

Join DNR staff and local groups as they work together to repair trails and clean up Blanchard Forest. There is work for all skill and fitness levels.

 

North Cascade Soaring Club, Pacific Northwest Trail Association, Skagit Chapter BCHW, Whatcom Chapter BCHW, and Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition are co-sponsoring the event with DNR.

What to Bring
Bring gloves and water. Lunch will be provided.

Blanchard Forest Lower Trailhead


Meet at Blanchard Forest
Lower Trailhead http://goo.gl/maps/q7UwY


Directions

  • Start at I-5, exit 240.
  • Turn Northwest on Samish Lk Rd.
  • Go 0.5 mi to Barrel Springs Rd, turn left.
  • Go 0.6 mi and turn right on DNR Rd.
  • Go 0.6 mi to Blanchard Forest Block - Lower Trailhead Dr.

 

Reid Parker
360-982-8764 reid.parker@dnr.wa.gov

June 79 a.m. to 2 p.m.FOCF Monthly Work Party
Join DNR staff and volunteers from
Friends of Capital Forest for a work party.

Work to improve road crossing areas, remove wood supports on berms, and drainage.

Kids are welcome! There is often a mountain bike ride after the work party.


What to bring

Bring clothes appropriate for weather conditions and work gloves. Bring your lunch and drinks if desired. Tools will be provided.

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Capital Forest
Meet at the "Y" intersection of Waddell Creek Road and Sherman Valley Road.

Get Directions
Nick Cronquist
360-480-2700
nick.cronquist@dnr.wa.gov
June 78 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nicholson Horse Trails Work Party
Please join DNR staff and Pierce County Chapter Back Country Horsemen to work on the Nicholson Horse Trails.

Safety briefing will begin at 8 a.m. followed by work maintaining trails and the campground.

What to Bring
Bring work gloves, booths or sturdy shoes, attire appropriate for the weather, lunch or trail snacks, and drinking water. Hand tools will be provided.

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Sahara Creek Campground
Meet at Sahara Creek Campground located on the north side of Highway 706 at mile marker 5.

Directions:

  • Start at Elbe
  • Go 5.3 miles on Hwy 706
  • Turn left into the site

Nancy Barker
253-312-4301

nancy.barker@dnr.wa.gov

 

June 149 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Walker Valley ORV Area Work

Join DNR staff and other volunteers to help work on trails, clean ditches, haul gravel, brush trails, paint, pick up garbage, and more! No need to call first.

Show up at 9 a.m. to get the day's assignment from a DNR staffer. Work as long as you want. Bring a hard hat, gloves, lunch, and water. Work parties take place  — rain or shine!

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Walker Valley

Meet at the Walker Valley Trailhead Information Kiosk
18652 Peter Burns Rd
Mount Vernon

Get Directions

Jim Cahill
360-854-2874
jim.cahill@dnr.wa.gov

June 289 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Reiter Foothills ORV Work Party
Join DNR staff to enhance the Motorcycle Trials trail area and work other ORV trail projects.

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass

 

 

 

 

Reiter Foothills Forest
Meet at the Deer Flats Mainline Gate.

Directions:

  • Drive East on Hwy 2 through the town of Gold Bar
  • Turn left onto Reiter Road
  • Continue for 3.8 miles
  • Deer Flats Mainline Road will be on your left

 

David Way

360-333-5741
david.way@dnr.wa.gov

 

 
JuLY 2014

DateTimeEvent / Sponsor / ActivityLocationContact
July 59 a.m. to 2 p.m.FOCF Monthly Work Party
Join DNR staff and volunteers from
Friends of Capital Forest for a work party.

Work to improve road crossing areas, remove wood supports on berms, and drainage.

Kids are welcome! There is often a mountain bike ride after the work party.


What to bring

Bring clothes appropriate for weather conditions and work gloves. Bring your lunch and drinks if desired. Tools will be provided.

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Capital Forest
Meet at the "Y" intersection of Waddell Creek Road and Sherman Valley Road.

Get Directions
Nick Cronquist
360-480-2700
nick.cronquist@dnr.wa.gov
July 128 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nicholson Horse Trails Work Party
Please join DNR staff and Pierce County Chapter Back Country Horsemen to work on the Nicholson Horse Trails.

Safety briefing will begin at 8 a.m. followed by work maintaining trails and the campground.

What to Bring
Bring work gloves, booths or sturdy shoes, attire appropriate for the weather, lunch or trail snacks, and drinking water. Hand tools will be provided.

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Sahara Creek Campground
Meet at Sahara Creek Campground located on the north side of Highway 706 at mile marker 5.

Directions:

  • Start at Elbe
  • Go 5.3 miles on Hwy 706
  • Turn left into the site

Nancy Barker
253-312-4301

nancy.barker@dnr.wa.gov

 

July 129 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Walker Valley ORV Area Work

Join DNR staff and other volunteers to help work on trails, clean ditches, haul gravel, brush trails, paint, pick up garbage, and more! No need to call first.

Show up at 9 a.m. to get the day's assignment from a DNR staffer. Work as long as you want. Bring a hard hat, gloves, lunch, and water. Work parties take place  — rain or shine!

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

 

Walker Valley

Meet at the Walker Valley Trailhead Information Kiosk
18652 Peter Burns Rd
Mount Vernon

Get Directions

Jim Cahill
360-854-2874
jim.cahill@dnr.wa.gov

July 269 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Reiter Foothills ORV Work Party
Join DNR staff to enhance the Motorcycle Trials trail area and work other ORV trail projects.

 

** This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reiter Foothills Forest
Meet at the Deer Flats Mainline Gate.

Directions:

  • Drive East on Hwy 2 through the town of Gold Bar
  • Turn left onto Reiter Road
  • Continue for 3.8 miles
  • Deer Flats Mainline Road will be on your left

 

David Way

360-333-5741
david.way@dnr.wa.gov

 

 

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1645
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Forest Watch Program Coordinator
360-902-1701
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Jessica Payne
Recreation Communications & Outreach Coordinator
360-902-1066
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