Green Tukwila at Duwamish Hill Preserve

Duwamish Hill Preserve is one of the most beautiful wild spaces in all of Tukwila.

Why, you ask? Because of people like you!

Green Tukwila volunteers regularly come together to help maintain the park by planting new vegetation and removing invasive species.

It’s a great way to meet new people and learn more about how to keep our forests and waterways healthy. Join us on November 18 for another work party. No experience is required.

Check out the fun we had when we were there last!

Salmon Homecoming Work Party

One of the best ways to build and strengthen community is by strengthening and protecting our watershed.

Join Duwamish Alive for a very special Salmon Homecoming event this October 21st welcoming back all 5 local salmon species to the Green-Duwamish Watershed.

Volunteers can help clean up the river in a number of exciting ways, including by kayak, shoreline patrols, salmon habitat restoration, and forest revitalization efforts. No experience is required!

Scavenger Hunt at Duwamish Hill

It’s finally fall, and you know what that means—it’s time for scavenger hunts!

Explore the always amazing Duwamish Hill as you hunt with friends and family through Tukwila’s favorite wooded area on Saturday, September 23.

Children and adults alike will be able to see the Puget Sound Salish Cultural Garden and dig into some treats from Mighty-O’s Donuts!

Tree Giveaway

Love the way the trees look this time of year? Well, take one home with you! The Tukwila Tree Giveaway is back for the second year.

In partnership with King Conservation District, the City of Tukwila is giving away up to two free trees to all Tukwila residents* and businesses.

This isn’t a one-tree-fits-all affair. Choose from 14 different species. All you have to do is submit an application before September 15th and show up at Hazelnut Park on October 7th.

*all trees must be planted on private property in Tukwila.

Celebrate Earth Month in Tukwila!

Happy Earth Month, Tukwila! Our beautiful city is home to over 150 acres of open space, including 20 parks and 12 miles of multi-use trails. This month, we’re highlighting our Green Tukwila Partnership and showcasing the many ways you can get involved in protecting Tukwila’s open spaces. The more people that lend a hand, the easier it is to create a healthy ecosystem in which both wildlife and the Tukwila community can thrive.

In 2016, Tukwila became an official “Green City” after the city council adopted a 20-year Green Tukwila Partnership Stewardship Plan led by Forterra. Together with Forterra, EarthCorps, Duwamish Alive Coalition, Dirt Corps, King County Parks, and the Tukwila community, the partnership works to restore and maintain 138 acres of Tukwila’s urban forest. 

For Earth Month, we sat down with Tukwila Parks & Recreation’s Olena Perry to talk about the importance of the Green Tukwila Partnership and the impact it’s had on Tukwila’s urban forest and community.

Experience Tukwila: How much progress has Green Tukwila made in the preservation of Tukwila Parks and Wildlife since the Green Tukwila 20-Year Stewardship Plan started?

Olena Perry: Walk through one of the restoration sites — Tukwila Park, Green River Trail by Bicentennial Park, Crystal Springs Park, Cottonwood Corner and Duwamish Hill Preserve — to see the impact. As the program installs a diverse pallet of plants and trees, and removes invasive plants like English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, we will see the return of wildlife and a balanced ecosystem. We measure the success of the partnership by carefully tracking the square feet of noxious weeds removed and the number of native shrubs, groundcovers, and trees planted. 

ET: What makes Tukwila’s landscape special in the broader Duwamish watershed?

OP: Tukwila landscape is unique for many reasons; we have a wide variety of habitats that lend themselves to various native plants and wildlife, from upland forests and riparian zones to grasslands. Healthy green spaces work as filter systems, cleaning stormwater, and airborne pollutants. Tukwila’s impact on the Duwamish River directly affects Orca, salmon, and marine life in Elliot Bay.

ET: Where would you like to see Green Tukwila go in the future? Any exciting new things on the horizon? 

OP: Lots of excitement for Green Tukwila; the partnership is growing. Every year we see more and more volunteers and stewards join the conversation and the work. We have launched environmental programming with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Partner in Employment is returning with their Green Jobs program, Dirt Corps is starting a large project at Crystal Springs Park, and the Service Board has returned for another year of stewardship at Duwamish Hill Preserve. The work is essential, and the community is strong; Green Tukwila is growing and making significant yearly impacts. 

ET: What’s Tukwila Parks’ message to people during Earth Month? 

OP: Earth Day is a time of reflection, to think about our impact on this precious planet and what you can do to support a healthy tomorrow. Get involved in Green Tukwila’s events, learn about your local environment, and make an impact!

Interested in answering Olena’s call to action and getting involved with Green Tukwila? Check out these upcoming Earth Month events: 

Experience Tukwila regularly highlights Green Tukwila work parties, so keep an eye out on our events page and social media to catch future volunteer opportunities!

Wildlife Wednesday: Urban Bird Watching

Sure you’ve looked at a bird, but have you ever watched a bird? If the answer is no, or yes but I want to learn more about watching, then you’re in the right place. In this free workshop you’ll learn how to identify birds, find out more about the species near you, and gather helpful resources to start your birding journey! 

Join Green Tukwila for their latest installment of Wildlife Wednesday! Hosted by Kelsey Hansen of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, this Urban Bird-Watching Workshop is IN-PERSON ONLY.

Learn all about our local feathered friends and show off your new skills to your friends and family. Sign up now.

Cottonwood Corner Work Party and Picnic

Invasive plant species Himalayan blackberry, English ivy, and Morning Glory are overrunning Cottonwood Corner.

Forest Steward, Heidi Watters needs your help to prevent their spread and restore the forest back to its natural state.

Join a group of volunteers for this mid-week work party. All tools, materials and training will be provided at the beginning of the day. No prior experience required!

Celebrate Earth Month Restoring Riverton Park

English Ivy is growing aggressively throughout Riverton Park, choking out native plants and trees, putting the ecological balance at risk.

Help a group of volunteers weed out these invasive pants and restore the park to its natural state.

All tools, materials and training will be provided at the beginning of the work party. No prior experience required!