Welcome to LEAD's website!

If you are interested in what we are up to this year sign up for our newsletter & you will be automatically sent updates about our work parties and club events!!

Everybody is welcome and appreciated!

You don't need to be a Western student, faculty, staff or enrolled in a specific class to come to any of our work parties. Come volunteer at a site close to campus or discover a new area within the Bellingham community.

Your support helps restore native environments and increase biodiversity. Sign up for a work party or bring your own environmantal learning, action or discovery project to our AS Club meeting.



What to Wear - and Not!

Please come Prepared:
  • LEAD works rain or shine, so wear your best working outfit
  • Wear warm clothing that you don't mind getting wet or dirty
  • Layers are best because the weather often changes during the work party
  • Make sure your shoes are waterproof (Uggs are not usually waterproof unless you have sprayed them)
  • Bring a waterbottle to help you stay hydrated
  • We provide work gloves but bringing an extra set of regular gloves never hurts :-)

Looks that LEAD!

Looks that lose!



Wish List

  • New or gently used gardening tools
  • New or gently used tarps
  • New gardening gloves
  • New or gently used buckets
  • Non-perishable snackbars for work party volunteers
  • Food or beverages for our work party volunteers


Donate

If you are able to donate anything from our wish list, you can bring it to our office (or we will gladly pick it up).

Please contact us so we can make an appointment meet and thank you in person :-)

Directions to Our Office Viking Commons, Room 24:

  1. Start in front of the doors to the Viking Commons dining hall (not in front of the Viking Union entrance).
  2. Begin walking down the hill on the sidewalk.
  3. At the end of the Viking Commons building take a left down the ramp.
  4. At the end of the ramp, there will be two double doors to your left.
  5. VC 24 (our shared office) is the second door on the right, inside the double doors.

If you are able to donate a gift card, you can send it to... Mailing Address:
LEAD Office, MS9106
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Work Parties

October

October 22nd - Squalicum Creek Park (10am - 12pm) 60 spots
Celebrate Arbor Day & Make a Difference Day by kicking off the tree planting season with the Bellingham Parks, Public Works, Natural Resources Division and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA). We’ll be removing invasive plants and planting natives to improve the urban forest surrounding the park. Meet at the picnic shelter. Please note that though the City of Bellingham's start time...

Sun October 23rd - The Outback Farm (10am-12pm) 20 spots
Come on down to the Outback Farm! Help us remove invasives and work on the Forest Garden! The farm is just below Fairhaven College.

Tues Oct. 25th - Sehome Arb/WWU Lot 3R (1:30-3:30pm) 20 spots
Help rid our campus of invasive species at the 3R Parking Lot!! This is right on campus down the hill from Eden's Hall.

October 29th - Connelly Creek Nature Area (10am - 12pm) 30 spots
We will be removing invasive weeds, mulching, and planting a variety of native trees and shrubs. Join us in the Happy Valley Neighborhood! Park in the Whatcom Farmer's Co-op lot off of 30th and follow the signs to the work site.

Sunday Oct 30th: The Outback Farm 10am-12pm (20 Spots)
Have you been to the Outback Farm or Forest Garden? It's a wonderful, student-run part of campus just south of Fairhaven College. Come help remove invasive species on the farm, help restore the Forest Garden or help restore sections of wetland within the farm boundaries!

November

Wed. Nov 2nd - The Outback Farm (3pm - 5pm) 20 spots
Come on down to the Outback Farm! Help us remove invasives and work on the Forest Garden! The farm is just below Fairhaven College.

November 5th - Maritime Heritage Park (10am - 12pm) 50 spots
Bellingham Parks & NSEA are working together to enhance Whatcom Creek’s riparian habitat. Our task for the day will be clearing invasive plants, planting native trees and shrubs then mulching on the hillside above the fish hatchery. Please note that though the City of Bellingham's start time is 9am, LEAD won't start until 10am due to bus schedules. Park in the lot at the end of C St.

November 12th - Rock Hill Park (10am - 12pm) 30 spots
Help Park Stewards Edward & Audrey continue their efforts to improve this York neighborhood park. We’ll be removing ivy and blackberry then mulching. Park in the lot off Iron St.

Sunday Nov 13th, 10am - 12pm: The Outback Farm (20 Spots)
Come on down to the Outback Farm! Help us remove invasives and work on the Forest Garden! The farm is just below Fairhaven College.

Wed Nov. 16th - The Outback Farm: 3pm-5pm (20 Spots)
Come on down to the Outback Farm! Help us remove invasives and work on the Forest Garden! The farm is just below Fairhaven College.

November 19th - 19th Street Trail (10am - 12pm) 20 spots
Join Boy Scout Ian expanding the Padden Creek restoration as he works toward his Eagle Scout rank. Park at the Rotary Parking lot & use the Fairhaven Parkway crosswalk to site.

Page Updated 07.11.2014