Better Ground

Partner Events Throughout the Region

Together, let’s make a difference.

We’ve gathered the different events occurring around the region, both in-person and digital. This page will continue to be updated as more events are announced. If you have questions about a certain event, please reach out to the organization behind it.

King Conservation District

King CD is hosting no in-person event. If you would like to join their Eco Challenge team, visit here.

World Relief Seattle | Cover Crop Turnover | October 13, 15 & 17 | Paradise Parking Plots

Please join us at Paradise Parking Plots community garden to prepare our garden beds for winter and celebrate Orca Recovery Day 2020! Even though we are still in the midst of a pandemic, the seasons continue to change and our soil still needs to be protected from winter rains. By planting cover crop, we are reducing harmful sediment and nutrient runoff from our garden beds and ensuring clean water for salmon and orca to thrive. During this work party we will be tilling garden plots, amending beds with compost, and planting winter cover crop.

Learn more about the planting days and register here

Puget Soundkeeper | Beach Cleanup | October 17 | Golden Gardens Bathhouse, 8498 Seaview Place Northwest

Join us for a beach cleanup at Golden Gardens to restore habitat and raise awareness for our endangered Southern Resident Orcas during Orca Recovery Day! Please email gillian@pugetsoundkeeper.org if you have any questions. Our cleanup event will follow social-distancing and COVID-19 safety requirements. If you’d rather join a virtual cleanup on this day, that is great too! Contact our offices if you’d like to borrow cleanup equipment.

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Kitsap Conservation District | Burley Creek Weed Removal | October 17, 10:30 am to 2 pm

Join us as we restore critical habitat for salmon (the Orcas primary food source) along Burley Creek. Volunteer work will include using a tool like a shovel to grub out blackberry root balls. Covid safety will be our first priority. We will be working socially distanced outside with masks worn at all times. Hand sanitizer, masks, and sanitary gloves will be available. The event will be limited to 5 individual people, or 5 family groups per Washington State guidelines. Please bring a pair of work gloves and your own snacks and water. We will provide the tools. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Jesse Adams at j-adams@kitsapcd.org or 360.204.5529. We hope to see you there!

Register here

 

Healthy Urban Forests promote Orca Recovery | October 17, 11 am to 2 pm | Fish Park, 288 NW Lindvig Way, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Participants will be removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs to promote healthy urban forests. Bring your face coverings (masks), rain gear, work gloves and boots! This event is planned to adhere strictly to Covid guidelines of social distancing (groups will be divided into no more than 4 people), masks worn at all times, and hand/tool sanitizers will be provided. RSVP or questions to Jenise.Bauman@wwu.edu

Kitsap County Solid Waste Division | Blackjack Creek Cleanup | October 17, 11 am to 3 pm | Port Orchard

Join us in cleaning up Blackjack Creek in Port Orchard! We will be removing garbage from a pre-existing encampment. Meet at the far east end of Kendall Street at 11am. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Information about the event and the required waivers will be emailed to you upon registration. Face coverings and social distancing are required. The terrain is difficult to navigate and is not suitable for those with major health conditions. Use caution and look for hazards while in the cleanup area.

Some volunteers will need to cross the creek, please wear waterproof boots. Event staff is in touch with wildlife experts about the health and safety of Salmon passing through during our cleanup. We will remain cautious in our efforts.

To volunteer for this event, register at kcowa.us/blackjack. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Lauren Liming at lliming@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360.337.4472.

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group | Lower Big Beef Volunteer Planting | 10 am to 3 pm | Lower Big Beef Creek; 9744 Manley Rd NW, Seabeck, WA 98380

Join us at lower Big Beef Creek to plant native trees and shrubs in honor of Orca Recovery Day! In order to save our resident orcas, we must provide healthy, viable habitat for the local salmon populations. Orcas depend on salmon as a primary food source, and lower Big Beef Creek and its estuary is critical habitat for six species of Pacific Salmon.  

Learn more

Clear Creek Trail Restoration | October 17 and 18 | 9641 Levin Road Silverdale WA 98383
Participants will install native trees, shrubs, and grasses along Clear Creek from the mouth of the creek north for about ½ mile. There will be plenty of space to socially distance. To volunteer, please contact Mary Earl at info@clearcreektrail.org

Orca Recovery Day Beach Cleanup | October 17 | Tideland State Park
Come together as a community to help protect our beloved Orca’s through removal of marine debris. To volunteer, please contact Kris Clark at kclark@keepingtheoceansblue.org

Pierce Conservation District (multiple events)

Join Pierce CD’s Eco Challenge team here

DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve | 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Join us for maintenance (primarily blackberry and ivy removal) at the site of our Orca Recovery Day 2019 restoration planting. Registration required.

Register here

5 Orcas Love Raingardens Projects! | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

As a part of Orcas Love Raingardens, PCD is hosting 4 rain garden planting/maintenance events across Tacoma for Orca Recovery Day. Sign up to be placed at one of the 4 active schools and PCD staff will contact you with options and additional details. (Limited to 16 volunteers total).

Register here

South Prairie Creek Preserve | 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Orcas depend on salmon. Get your hands dirty at this restoration planting. Be a part of our long-term efforts at the South Prairie Creek Preserve to restore critical salmon habitat. Registration required.

Register here

South Prairie Creek Preserve | 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Orcas depend on salmon. Get your hands dirty at this restoration planting. Be a part of our long-term efforts at the South Prairie Creek Preserve to restore critical salmon habitat. Registration required.

Register here

South Prairie Creek Preserve | 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Orcas depend on salmon. Get your hands dirty at this restoration planting. Be a part of our long-term efforts at the South Prairie Creek Preserve to restore critical salmon habitat. Registration required.

Register here

South Prairie Creek Preserve | 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Orcas depend on salmon. Get your hands dirty at this restoration planting. Be a part of our long-term efforts at the South Prairie Creek Preserve to restore critical salmon habitat. Registration required.

Register here

Citizens for a Healthy Bay | Storm Drain Marking

Water flowing from storm drains often empties directly into Puget Sound and carries with it chemicals that are toxic to orcas. The single largest source of pollution that contaminates Puget Sound is polluted storm water runoff. By marking storm drains, help educate our community and let them know that nothing but rain should go down the drain! Create a group or participate individually, our take-home kits allow you to mark anytime!

Learn more here

Snohomish Conservation District | Orca Recovery Day Scavenger Hunt | Snohomish County (multiple sites)

Since we can’t gather together at this time, we thought of the next best thing: a self-guided tour of restoration projects throughout Snohomish County! Each of these projects impact our orca population in some way, whether it be through limiting stormwater pollution in the Puget Sound, reestablishing health to our streams and rivers, or restoring fish passages. We have tons more projects that we’d like to share, but these are the ones that are most accessible for the public.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, make sure to stop by Jennings Park in Marysville to speak with an SCD employee about the work being done on Allen Creek, and how you can bring some of these restorative efforts to your home.

Learn more

Join Snohomish CD’s EcoChallenge team here.

Whale Scout | Celebrate Orca Recovery Day Restoring the Former Wayne Golf Course in Bothell |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in two hour shifts,  16950 W Riverside Dr, Bothell, WA 98011

Volunteer to improve habitat! Portions of Bothell’s largest park, the former Wayne Golf Course, are a migratory corridor for Chinook salmon in the Sammamish River and potential habitat for Coho at the confluence of Waynita Creek. As this amazing property transforms from a golf course into a public open space, volunteers are offered the opportunity to help improve the habitat. By controlling non-native and invasive weeds, and protecting native trees and vegetation, we’re able to improve water quality for salmon and down the line provide more prey for killer whales in Puget Sound!

Nisqually Land Trust | Orca Recovery Day Scotch Broom Pull | 9 a.m. at the Lackamas Flats Protected Area

Help us help the orcas by getting a site at our Lackamas Flats Protected Area ready for planting! This Lackamas Flats site was formerly used for agriculture, and in the last few years has become overgrown with Scotch broom. We need your help to remove the Scotch broom so we can plant native trees and shrubs later this winter. As the trees and shrubs grow they provide shade and woody debris, which improve habitat for Nisqually Chinook salmon. A healthy Chinook salmon population is vital to our Southern Resident Orcas!

Learn more.

Thurston Conservation District and OlyEcosystems | 10 am-12 pm and 1 pm-3 pm at West Bay Woods

 Join Thurston Conservation District and OlyEcosystems at West Bay Woods for a socially distanced work party! Volunteers are invited to help remove invasive weeds, remove brush, and tour the Pacific Great Blue Heron Preserve. This is an opportunity for you to make a difference for our endangered Southern Resident orca whales. Thurston CD and OlyEcosystems are committed to the wellness of the community. To ensure our volunteers feel safe and comfortable we will be adhering to the CDC guidelines and the Thurston Conservation District’s Volunteer Protocol. In addition, we ask that all participants wear a face covering.

This event will have two time slots. During the morning time slot (10 am-12 pm) there will be 15 volunteer spots available. During the afternoon slot (1-3 pm) there will be another 15 volunteer spots available. Individuals or family units (max five participants) will work in separate flagged-off work stations. Each station will have sanitized tools and gloves available.

Learn More.

Join Thurston CD’s EcoChallenge team here.

Whatcom Conservation District

Want to join WCD’s Eco Challenge team? Join here.

Whidbey Island Conservation District (multiple events)

Join Whidbey Island CD’s EcoChallenge team here.

Orca Forum | Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Learn about orcas research taking place in the Puget Sound in this workshop put on in partnership with Northwest Straits Foundation and County Marine Resource Committees.

Speakers will be:

  • Dr. Rich Osborne, UW Olympic Natural Resource Center and former curator of the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor
  • Dr. Jacques White, director of Long Live The Kings
  • Dr. Deborah Giles, research director with Wild Orca and the Center for Conservation Biology.

Visit here for the Zoom details

Orca Trivia Night | Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

Get your trivia on! In partnership with Northwest Straits Foundation, we’re holding a trivia night themed all things Orca, Salmon, and Marine Habitat.

How it works:
1. Trivia will be held on myquiz.org. Check back here for the code to enter the game.
2. Assemble a team of trivia pros, or sign up as an individual
3. If you are a team, only ONE player can sign in to the game. Connect over video chat or phone with the other players on your team, and designate your most trusted teammate to read the questions and provide your team’s answers.
4. Top 3 teams earn prizes!

Check back here for the trivia game code to log-in

Orca Inspired Art Contest

Sound Water Stewards and Island County Marine Resource Committee are hosting a community art contest. All ages welcome! The theme of the contest is:
“Orca Recovery and the Human Connection to Orcas.”

Entries will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Grades 1-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • High School
  • Adult

Entries can be made in any art medium or style. Create your Orca inspired art, scan it or take a photo, and submit your entry to education@soundwaterstewards.org by Oct. 31, 2020. Full contest details are available here.

Orca Network & Langley Whale Center | Salmon Talk and the Connection to Southern Resident orcas | October 21, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us to learn about the salmon lifecycle and how important they are to many species around the Salish Sea, including their important connection to the Southern Resident orcas. The event will include a short lesson and an activity.

Register for the Zoom Meeting

Clallam Conservation District | Planting on the Elwha River | October 17. 9 am to 1 pm

We are excited to team up with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe again this year with a goal of planting 2,000 trees along the Elwha River. Trees are vital to the health of river systems, helping create salmon habitat. This helps the recovery of the southern resident Orca whale, whose diet is comprised of 80% salmon.

If you are interested in volunteering to help us plant trees, please register below. As we sort out details, an email will be sent to you to sign-up for specific dates.

Register here.

Skagit Conservation District | Riverfront Park Planting Party | October 17, 10 am – 1 pm

Join SFEG, Sedro-Woolley Parks and Recreation, and Skagit Conservation District as we plant trees for salmon habitat restoration in recognition of Orca Recovery Day!

Registration required here for Covid compliance. Capped at 15 people.

Learn more

North Cascades Institute | Orcas, Salmon, and Rivers: Interconnectedness in the Salish Sea | October 22nd, 6:30pm (virtual)
A sweeping talk by Amanda Colbert from Orca Network covering the southern resident orca pod, pacific salmon, and the Skagit River watershed. 

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Oceans Blue Corp | Orca Recovery Day Beach Cleanup | 11 am to 2 pm at Shine Tidelands State Park Rd, Port Ludlow

Come help the orca recovery by removing toxic marine debris from the waters they depend on to survive.  It is well known that the waters in the Salish Sea are degrading in quality.  As a result, the species that live in them are struggling to survive.  OBC will be hosting a beach clean up at Shine Tidelands State park to help restore these vital waters.  We will have all the gear you need to safely remove debris while enjoying the fresh area along the Hood Canal.  Come have a donut, clean up some gorgeous beaches, and meet eco minded friends like yourself.

Learn more

San Juan Island Conservation District | October 17, 18, 24

Oct. 17th: Planting event on Turtleback (Orcas) partnering with Land Bank and Preservation Trust

Oct. 18th: Virtual Speaker Series over zoom

Oct. 24th: Beach Clean-up on San Juan

Contact is Kelsey Kittleson at kelsey@sjicd.org for more information.

Want to join San Juan Island CD’s Eco Challenge team? Join here.

Mason Conservation District | October 17, 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm | Bayshore Preserve, Shelton

We are partnering with Capitol Land Trust at Bayshore Preserve for a fun day of planting and invasive control. Bayshore Preserve’s 74-acres provides important habitat for several species of salmon, promotes land conservation, and offers beautiful walking trails.

Mason Conservation District | October 17, 10am – 11:30am, 11:45am – 1:15pm, 1:30pm – 3pm |
YMCA, Shelton

The second event we are hosting is at the YMCA in Shelton. At this newly developed property, Camas bulbs will be planted which will help to decrease stormwater runoff into local waterways and increase biodiversity.

Learn more

Want to be a part of Mason Conservation District’s Eco Challenge team? Join here.

Central Westcoast Forest Society | Ha`uukmin Tribal Parks and Kennedy Flats Backroads Clean Up | Tofino/Ucluelet junction from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This is a fun and friendly community-run clean up of our local watersheds. Volunteers spend the day collecting illegally dumped waste on the logging roads. At the end of the day, we will have an awards ceremony and barbeque at the landfill for an additional hour.

North Clackamas Watersheds Council & Friends of Trees | Happy Valley Heights Natural Area Planting | October 31, 9 am to 1 pm

Plant trees in the headwaters of Mt. Scott Creek, which is critical habitat for juvenille chinook salmon….which are a crticial food source for Orca, as well as other critters. Limited to 35 people and masks are requried to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

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Endangered Species Coalition | October 17 | 7 p.m. PT

 A dedicated group of volunteers in the Pacific Northwest – The Snake River Savers – are hosting their first ever event! A movie screening about Southern Resident orcas, the Chinook salmon they feed on, and dams that block salmon spawning ground will be followed up with personal story sharing via Zoom.

Register here

Thanks to our great partner organizations!