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


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


April 9th, 10am - 12pm: Squalicum Creek Park
Help the young trees in this new forested hillside. We will be weeding and mulching! Just off Squalicum Parkway in the Birchwood Neighborhood. Park in lot and follow signs.

Fri April 15th: Sehome Hill Arboretum Lot 3R - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Help rid our campus of invasive species by removing English ivy and holly from the outskirts of parking lot 3R. This is near the parking lot just down the hill from Edens.

April 16th, 10am - 12pm: Franklin Park
Join us for a morning of weeding the wonderful Franklin “Island” in the York Neighborhood. Meet at the Pavilion.

Fri April 22nd: Outback Farm 2:30-4:30
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!

April 23rd, 9am - 12pm: Little Squalicum Park
Celebrate Earth Day by helping weed this stream restoration site and learn about the future Estuary Restoration Project being planned by Public Works, Natural Resources Division. Park in Bellingham Technical College lower lot & follow signs to work site.

April 30th, 10am - 12pm: Rock Hill Park
Park steward Audrey will be helping to lead this work party in the York Neighborhood. We will be weeding, mulching and picking up litter. Parking lot at the end of Iron St.


May 7th, 10am - 12pm: Lake Padden
Spend the morning removing invasive Scotch Broom from the east side picnic area. Take the east entrance and watch for signs.

May 14th, 9 - 11am: Whatcom Creek behind City Hall
We will be weeding and mulching this well-traveled trail along Whatcom Creek. Join our trail stewards, Bellingham Kiwanis, for this day of services. Park in lot behind City Hall.

May 14th, 1 - 3pm: Pacific View Park
Lend the neighbors a hand removing down branches and invasive plants from the park. Parking on the street and follow signs to work site.
Page Updated 07.11.2014