Native Grass Planting at Turtle Haven Preserve, WA

Friday, November 4, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Come join other volunteers in reestablishing native plant species within the meadow habitats at this central Gorge preserve near Dog Mt.
  • Pre-registration is required
  • Youth volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each youth volunteer must register or be registered by parent or guardian.
  • Read our Liability Waiver here. You will be asked to check a box acknowledging you read waiver during registration.
  • Read our COVID-19 Event FAQ here. Friends is asking volunteers to provide proof of full vaccination. After you register, you will be asked to email a photo of your vaccination card or bring photo or physical card to event.

Project Description

W?ith the support of thousands of volunteer hours, this preserve has undergone incredible transition over the past 5 years with the persistent removal of various invasive weeds to enhance and protect the western pond turtle populations that inhabit this area. Western pond turtles are listed as endangered in Washington state and all stewardship efforts here focus on protecting critical habitat. There are three primary ponds on site buffered by forest and meadows. The meadows had been overgrown with Himalayan blackberry among other invasive weeds. Now, after 5 years of removing weeds it is time to start planting meadow species!

Physical work includes walking on uneven ground, bending, digging. The project site is about a .25 walk from the parking area along a grassy trail.

S?ite notes: there is poison oak along the trail to the project site which we will identify and avoid. There is no official restroom on site.

What we provide:

  • Work gloves (you are also welcome to bring your own)
  • Tools (shovels)
  • Energy bars

What you should bring:

  • Water and snacks
  • Sun protection (our work area has no shade, but our break areas will)
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • Vax card photo
  • Face mask and personal hand sanitizer

What to Wear:

  • Boots or sturdy sneakers
  • Long durable pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • Dress for weather: extra layers of clothing in case of wet or cold weather


  • 9:00 a.m. - Check in, introductions and safety check in
  • 9:15 a.m. - Hike to project site,
  • 9:30 a.m. - Project orientation and planting demo
  • We'll take a lunch around 11:00 and breaks as needed
  • 1?2:45 p.m. -Wrap up and hike out


A confirmation email with directions will be sent out 3-5 days before the event.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Skelly at or 503-501-6351.