| Union Bay Natural
Area Volunteer Activities
Environmental service projects at the Union Bay Natural Area
(UBNA) will focus on maintenance tasks associated with ongoing
ecological restoration projects. Participants can expect to add mulch
to new planting sites, remove invasive plants such as Himalayan
blackberry, plant live willow and dogwood stakes, etc.
The various tasks will require different levels of
physical exertion so volunteers can pick and choose as they like, but
all participants should be ready for physical activities such as
bending over to lift moderate loads, using tools such as shovels,
loppers, and saws, pushing wheel barrows, etc.
Background info on UBNA and its restoration can be found at the
To sign up for these
opportunities, you must check for availability on the volunteer sheet
and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date you would like to attend.
What to bring:
Projects will take place rain or shine and will only be
cancelled if the weather poses an immediate threat (thunder/lightning
or high winds). Therefore, participants should check the weather
prior to the event and dress accordingly. Wear clothes that are
tough, waterproof, and that you don't mind getting dirty, as you will
likely be digging in the ground and encountering sticks, thorns,
etc. Hiking boots, jeans, and an old rain jacket are good
choices. Gloves will be provided.
Also consider bringing a water bottle, snack, and notebook if
you would like to take notes about the project.
Where/when to meet:
Participants will meet in the western parking lot of Merrill Hall at
the Center for Urban Horticulture. We will then gather
tools/equipment and hand out gloves.
If driving from main campus, go east on NE 45th St past the U
Village. Take a right on Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Take a
right into one of the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lots and
then walk to the meeting spot.
If walking from main campus, walk west across parking lot E1 and
continue west along Wahkiakum Lane past the soccer/intramural fields,
over the stream, through UBNA, and you will arrive at the Merrill Hall
west parking lot.
For questions about projects or UBNA, contact email@example.comExtra
credit papers are due the same day as required projects (see