Earth Month

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April is Earth Month, a worldwide annual event that celebrates environmental protections and educates on ways we can keep our planet green. We all share this beautiful planet, and by working together, we can sustain a clean and healthy world for generations to come- whether it’s cleaning up litter, planting native trees and plants, recycling, reusing, repurposing, or walking instead of driving. April is a time to reflect on our consumption and form sustainable habitats that support the earth and each other.

There are many ways to participate in Earth Month; check out these great opportunities below.

MEET THE TREES, Self-Guided Tree Walk 

Trees at Tukwila Park photoBranch out with the 2024 Tukwila Tree Challenge. Fill up a water bottle and take a self-guided tree walk in three local parks. Each park will have signs identifying native trees and explaining why trees are essential to the region. By the end of the tree walk, you will know about Western Red Cedars, Dogwoods, Bigleaf Maples, and so much more.

Participating parks, click on the park for address:

Duwamish Hill Preserve

Riverton Park

Crestview Park

Photo_girlGuided Tree Walk with Maya Klem, KCD Urban Forestry Coordinator

Join us for educational tree walks to celebrate Earth Month! This will be a slow-paced walk around the paths at Crestview Park and Duwamish Hill Preserve. Participants will learn about the trees and plants and the importance of native flora and fauna. 

  • Thursday, Crestview Park, April 11th, 10:00-11:30 a.m.  SIGN UP 
    • Paved path on a flat trail, easy walkability.  
  • Saturday, Duwamish Hill Preserve, April 27th, 10:00-11:30 a.m. SIGN UP
    • Paved path, steep incline and park stairs, moderate walkability. 

women with buckets working HANDS-ON Green Tukwila Volunteer Restoration Work Parties. 

Local Forest Stewards need hands-on help removing noxious weeds in our parks to create healthy habitats for wildlife and a cleaner watershed for all. Fun Fact: Tukwila’s Parks are like giant sponges that soak up dirty water from roadways and air pollution, filter it, and restore clean air and water in the environment. The more trees and native plants, the more pollution can be filtered out. Join us!

  • Youth Restoration, Crystal Springs, YESC & Dirt Corps, Saturday, 4/6 10:00-2:00 p.m. SIGN UP 
  • Help Heal our Habitat at Codiga Park, EarthCorps, Saturday, 4/6 10:00-1:00 p.m. SIGN UP
  • Restoration at Riverton Park, Local Steward, 4/9, Tuesday, 11:30 am -1:30 p.m.  SIGN UP
  • Earth DAY! Duwamish Alive, Duwamish Hill Preserve, Friends of the Hill Stewards, Saturday, 4/20, 10:00 am -1:00 p.m.  SIGN UP 

See all the opportunities and SIGN UP:  

City Nature Challenge, Community Science

City Nature Challenge

Nature is all around us! Knowing what species are in our city and where they are, helps us study and protect them, but the ONLY way to do that is by all of us – scientists, land managers, and the community – working together to find and document the nature in our area. Look high and low for all nature in the region and share your observations using iNaturalist!  Learn more and SIGN UP!

Observe! April 26 – April 29, 2024
Take and upload pictures of wild plants and animals. 

Identify!   April 30 – May 5, 2024
Help identify what was found. 

Orientation for Individuals & Families, Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. SIGN UP

  • Curious about citizen science and ways to support your community? Then join us for an informative virtual session to learn how you can help observe and identify local ecology right in your area! 

Watch this 5 min overview of the City Nature Challenge, why community science is essential, and how to participate from the Cobb County Water System in 2020.

Urban Bird Watching Workshop with WDFW, Guest Speaker: Kelsey Hansen

Tukwila Community Center, Talk at 6 pm, Birding at 6:30 pm. SIGN UP

Birds are all around us. Want to learn more about the feathered friends in your neighborhood or yard?

Learn how to identify birds, find out more about the species near you, gather helpful resources that can start your birding journey, get hands-on practice with binoculars, and more at this Birding Basics class with WDFW Watchable Wildlife Coordinator Kelsey Hansen!
All skillsets are welcome. Binoculars are provided.


Try Metro Flex

Use Metro Flex to get around the neighborhood without a car! Book a short ride on your phone for the same cost as a bus trip. Try riding from Foster High to the Tukwila Community Center. Download the Metro Flex app or call (206) 258-7739 to ride.

Cost: $2.75 for adults, $1.00 with ORCA LIFT and RRFP, and free for youth.