Green Puyallup Partnership - Habitat Stewardship Program
Interested in caring for the city’s natural resources? Volunteering with the Green Puyallup Partnership Habitat Stewardship program is a great way to give back to your community, get outside, and improve the health of a local park or open space.
Whether you are looking for a fun way to spend a few hours, want to complete a service requirement or just love being outside, we invite you to join in our work restoring Puyallup's native open spaces. The goals of the program include reducing invasive plant species in our natural open spaces and establishing native plants.
The program allows interested citizens to adopt their favorite park or open space area to remove invasive plant species – such as English ivy, blackberry, scot’s broom – and establish native trees and shrubs and caring for those new plantings. The Habitat Stewardship program is also for those interested in simply volunteering instead of taking on the commitment of adopting a site on a monthly basis – volunteers are essential to the program success! The stewards also monitor the park for unusual or illegal activity, pick up litter and maintain trail areas – there are many tasks volunteers can take on.
Interested in volunteering? See the following sites with active stewards already or contact the city via e-mail to learn how you might work in partnership with the city to start a new Habitat Stewardship site.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Silver Creek Open Space Site
926 12th Avenue SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Silver Creek Habitat Stewards meet the first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.- Noon.
To sign up for monthly work party announcements and updates, contact the two site Habitat Stewards:
The Silver Creek Habitat Stewardship Group is focusing on removing invasive plants, such as bedstraw, morning glory, Japanese knotweed, ivy and reed canary grass, and establishing native trees and shrubs, with a focus on native Oregon Oak and native flowering plant habitat (to benefit pollinating insects)
Meeker Creek stream corridor Site
10th Avenue SW and 14th Street SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Contact the following Habitat Steward for upcoming work parties:
The lone habitat steward on the Meeker Creek corridor is focusing on establishing new riparian plantings and maintaining existing plantings along the Meeker Creek corridor from 14th Street SW to 11th Street SW. Meeker Creek supports multiple species of endangered salmon and needs native plantings to help shade and cool the creek for these salmon as they return home to spawn in the Clarks Creek basin.
City of Puyallup Seeking New Habitat Stewards
Puyallup is developing a 20-year plan to restore its natural open space areas – the city’s goal is to recruit two (2) new stewards per year to adopt a site for long term habitat stewardship.
The city is seeking interested citizens to adopt the following priority habitat sites: