Saturday, January 25, 2014


Help Preserve Sammamish's Parks by Becoming a Native Plant Steward

Sign Up Now for Free WNPS Stewardship Training in King

County by Gary Smith, WNPS Stewardship Program Chair

Interested in becoming a Native Plant Steward? WNPS is planning

a stewardship training program in 2014 in cooperation with five

community partners in King County. The partners include: the

cities of Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Sammamish, SeaTac

and King County. Each program partner will be assigned a trained

stewardship team to work with their local community in restoring

natural areas (forest, riparian, wetlands, etc.) in a designated city

or county park.  Past Sammamish project have been in the Lower
Commons and Illahee Park Trail.   WNPS members and residents living
in King County and in partner communities are encouraged to sign
up for the free 10-week stewardship training class that will be held
April 18th through June  27th at Mercer Slough Environmental Learning
Center, courtesy of the City of Bellevue. Steward training includes:
native plant identifi cation, restoration ecology and methods, and
recruiting  and engaging community volunteers in preserving their
parks and natural areas. Stewards are asked to commit 100 volunteer
hours in exchange for the free training.  Watch for details about the
class schedule and applications that will be available soon on the
WNPS web site under  “What’s New”. Please contact
 Joy Wood, Stewardship Coordinator at if you have
any questions or wish to have your name placed on a mailing list to
receive advanced details of the program as soon as they become available.

Sammamish Native Plant Stewards and volunteers working to clear blackberry bushes at Illahee Park