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


Sat Sep 24th: East Meadow - 10am-12pm
Join us in the Samish Neighborhood for a morning of removing blackberries and mulching in this small green area. Follow Byron Street east from Lincoln Street to Milton Street.


Sat Oct 1st: Forest & Cedar Park - 10am-12pm
Keep this neighborhood park and Pine Street Trail beautiful! Help remove invasive weeds. Parking is extremely limited - bike or walk if possible!

Sat Oct 1st: West St Trail - 1:30-3:30pm
Lend a hand with Trail Steward Susan removing weeds & spreading mulch along this little stretch of trail in the Columbia Neighborhood. Park in the Squalicum Creek Park parking lot and cross the street, follow signs to site.

Sat Oct 8th: Big Rock Garden Park - 10am-12pm
Join the Friends of Big Rock Garden in a bi-annual morning of sculpture cleaning and gardening. Parking is limited, so please carpool or ride your bike to the parking lot off Sylvan St.

Sat Oct 15th: Franklin Island - 10am-12pm
Help the York Neighborhood in removing weeds and mulching the Franklin Park Island! Meet at the Franklin Park pavilion. Parking on Whatcom & Franklin Streets.

October 22nd: Squalicum Creek Park - 10am-12pm
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. Parking in the lot.

Sat Oct 29th: Connelly Creek Nature Area - 10am-12pm
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.


Sat Nov 5th: Maritime Heritage Park - 10am-12pm
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. Park in the lot at the end of C St.

Sat Nov 12th: Rock Hill Park - 10am-12pm
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.

Sat Nov 19th: 19th Street Trail - 10am-12pm
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