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Volunteer Opportunity - Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Community Work Party2232https://www.google.com/maps/place/1700+Silverbeach+Rd,,+Bellingham,,+WA+98229/@48.7515144,,-122.4295285,,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5485a4091644267f:0x9fd4b80bc277ab8f!8m2!3d48.7515109!4d-122.4273398, 1700 Silverbeach Rd.<p></p><p>Join the City of Bellingham, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), and Washington Trails Association (WTA) on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service for an opportunity to strengthen our beloved community by improving water quality and salmon habitat in a well-loved local park. Volunteers will enhance the area by planting native trees and shrubs along Whatcom Creek in Whatcom Falls Park.</p><p>Volunteers are invited to expand their support of Dr. King's vision of a “<a href="https://www.cityyear.org/about-us/culture-values/founding-stories/beloved-community">beloved community</a>" – a community in which poverty, hunger and homelessness do not exist – by bringing donations of socks, handwarmers, gloves, hats, hygiene items, long johns, and granola bars to this event in support of <a href="https://www.thelighthousemission.org/">Lighthouse Mission</a>.  </p><p>Following the work party, volunteers will have the opportunity to join educational tours of Whatcom Creek with City staff or the trout ponds with <a href="https://www.btc.edu/DegreesClasses/Programs/ProgramDetails.aspx?ID=88&tab=tab3">Bellingham Technical College Fisheries</a> staff. </p><p>This event is <a href="https://parkscriptions.org/">Parkscriptions Certified</a>! </p><p><strong>Work Party Location</strong>: Whatcom Falls Park via the lower entrance on Silver Beach Road near the fish hatchery (1700 Silverbeach Rd.). Sign in at the tents.</p><p>Please consider lowering your carbon footprint by biking, walking, busing, or carpooling to the event: </p><p><strong>Travel by bike or foot</strong>: The park is accessible by bike or foot. Find your bike route by visiting <a href="http://www.cob.org/bike">www.cob.org/bike</a> and your walking route by viewing a <a href="/documents/parks/parks-trails/trail-guide/whatcom_falls.pdf">trail map of Whatcom Falls Park</a>. A FREE bike valet service will be provided by <a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.letsshiftgears.com/&data=02%7c01%7capbrown%40cob.org%7ca7bb6f55a30645fbdf7a08d78e5012d8%7cd438603ec0cb4a1286e40001e1d225b9%7c0%7c1%7c637134346885654800&sdata=5gGpfscbHg0otbJK%2BPfKeDn3ntm8aPGOr2mqnjm%2BDqM%3D&reserved=0">Shifting Gears</a> to safely store bikes during the event. </p><p><strong>Travel by bus: </strong>Several Whatcom Transportation Authority routes serve the area, with a nearby stop at Electric Ave. Find your route using the online trip planner at <a href="http://www.ridewta.com/">www.ridewta.com</a>.  </p><p><strong>Travel by car</strong>: Parking and a FREE shuttle will be available from <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bloedel+Donovan+Park/%4048.758949%2c-122.422167%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x5485a4136c77b6b3:0x377df165f16f8b43%218m2%213d48.7589455%214d-122.4199782">Bloedel Donovan Park, 2114 Electric Avenue</a> . Carpooling is encouraged! Limited parking is available in Whatcom Falls Park via the Silver Beach Road entrance (from Lakeway Drive turn north on Silver Beach Road) or Electric Avenue entrance (at the intersection of Arbor Street and Electric Avenue). </p><p><strong>Who</strong>: You, your friends and family, and other community members. All ages and abilities welcome.</p><p><strong>You need</strong>: Weather-appropriate clothing, long pants, closed-toe shoes and a full water bottle. <strong>Please also bring donations of socks, handwarmers, gloves, hats, hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, feminine hygiene items), long johns, and granola bars for </strong><a href="https://www.thelighthousemission.org/"><strong>Lighthouse Mission</strong></a><strong>.  </strong></p><p><strong>We provide</strong>: Tools, gloves, instruction, and refreshments, including <strong>free pizza and coffee!</strong> Pizza donated by Papa John's and coffee donated by Tony's Coffee.</p><p><strong>Educational Tours</strong>: After the work party and pizza, join City of Bellingham staff for an educational tour of Whatcom Creek or <a href="https://www.btc.edu/DegreesClasses/Programs/ProgramDetails.aspx?ID=88&tab=tab3">BTC Fisheries</a> staff for a tour of the trout ponds. </p><p><strong>Work party contact</strong>: Amy Brown, Bellingham Parks Volunteer Coordinator, at <a href="mailto:apbrown@cob.org">apbrown@cob.org</a> or 360-778-7136.</p><p><strong>Details</strong>: RSVP is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">not</span> required for this free MLK event though if you are coming with a group larger than 10, an RSVP is appreciated. Unaccompanied youth under the age of 18 must provide a <a href="/Documents/parks/volunteer/Youth%20LRForms/COB%20%20NSEA%20Youth%20Liability%20Form%20-photo%20release%20info.pdf">City & NSEA Youth Liability Release Form</a> signed by their legal guardian to participate.</p><p><strong>Overview of Restoration Efforts</strong></p><p>The City of Bellingham, NSEA, and WTA all work to strengthen our beloved Bellingham community by improving natural resources and the community's connection to them through habitat restoration, volunteer opportunities, and trail maintenance. The City has completed a number of habitat restoration projects just downstream of Whatcom Falls Park, including the <a href="/services/environment/restoration/Pages/Red-Tail-Reach.aspx">Red Tail Reach</a>, <a href="/services/environment/restoration/pages/cemetery-creek.aspx">Cemetery Creek and Salmon Park</a> projects, which provide important habitat for local salmonids and wildlife.</p><p><a href="https://www.n-sea.org/">NSEA</a>, a non-profit organization that strives to recover salmon by engaging the community in restoration, education, and stewardship, implements habitat restoration throughout Whatcom County and works both independently of and collaboratively with the City of Bellingham to rally thousands of volunteers to local habitat restoration sites each year <a href="https://www.n-sea.org/work-parties-1/">at their community work parties</a>. The City offers additional volunteer opportunities to the community through the <a href="/gov/public/volunteer/parks">Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program</a>. The City and NSEA's work includes planting native plants to help wildlife, slow climate change, prevent streambank erosion, filter pollutants, and reduce water temperature.</p><p><a href="https://www.wta.org/">WTA</a> mobilizes hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward, and champion trails and public lands. From local parks to remote wilderness, WTA believes that when you build a connection with a place, you will be inspired to protect it. To that end, they are committed to making trails as accessible as possible. With the help of our community, they are making this a reality by activating advocates, inspiring volunteerism, providing inspiration in their <a href="https://www.wta.org/go-outside/hikes">Hiking Guide</a>, and reducing barriers to hiking trails and public lands. </p><p>Habitat restoration in Bellingham is truly a shared effort, and we all have a role to play! The community can be a part of this effort on January 20. ​<br></p>1/20/2020 6:00:00 PM1/20/2020 9:00:00 PMWhatcom Falls Park - 1700 Silverbeach Rd.https://www.cob.org/events/Lists/calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=2232Volunteer Opportunity - Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Community Work Party