Restoration at Luther Burbank Park
Mercer Island is graced with 35 parks, over 400 acres of natural areas, and more than 50 miles of trails. Volunteers have been improving these parks for many years, planting native trees and shrubs and removing invasive plants but much more work remains to be done. Luther Burbank Park is an important rest stop for many species of migratory birds and is home to at least one family of beavers. During the volunteer event, we will be removing various invasive species such as blackberry, ivy, holly, and more to ensure the survival of the native vegetation. It'll make a big difference to this important wetland area!
July 14th is also the day of Mercer Island's Summer Celebration – events around the island including boat rides and Shakespear in the Park. Due to increased traffic, volunteers may be directed to park in the meadow if the North Parking Lot is full. Please call the event leader day of if you have any questions.
For safety, volunteers are required to wear:
- Long pants made of sturdy material
- Sturdy, close-toed shoes
- Gloves (provided)
In addition, we recommend that participants bring:
- Warm layers, especially during the fall, winter, and spring
- Rain gear
- Big sack lunch
- Long sleeved shirt
- At least one full water bottle
- Small daypack for lunch, extra layers, etc…
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