Volunteer in the outdoors!

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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. We hope to see you at a work party soon!

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


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


Sat 7th
Rock Hill Park
10am - 12pm

Help Park Steward Paige, and the York neighborhood work on this park. We will be removing blackberry and other invasive plants, along with mulching. Park in the lot off Iron Street.
Register | Bus Info | Directions


Sat 14th
Cornwall Park
10am - 12pm

Give this park some love! Cornwall needs help with a variety of invasive plants. MEET at the Cornwall Street entrance and park in the first lot.
Register | Bus Info | Directions


Sat 21st
Little Squalicum Park
10am - 12pm

Come join ReSources and Bellingham Parks in caring for this great park! We will be removing blackberries and other invasives. Park in the Bellingham Technical College lot (near 3006 W Illinois St) and follow the signs.
Register | Bus Info | Directions


Sat 28th
Connelly Creek Nature Area
10am - 12pm

Joint party with City of Bellingham and the Boy Scouts. Come help Ryan work towards his Eagle Scout rank! We will be removing invasives, planting, and mulching. Park in the Whatcom Farmers Co-op parking lot off 30th (near 3000 Donovan Ave.) and follow the signs.
Register | Walking Info | Directions


Sat 7th
Bellingham Parks Nursery

Help pot plants! Volunteers will be guided through the process of potting bare-root trees and shrubs. These plants will ensure a stock for future restoration projects in Bellingham’s Parks and trails. The nursery is location at the Parks Operations office. Park in the lot near 1400 Old Woburn and follow the signs to the site.
Register | Bus Info | Directions

Page Updated 07.11.2014