Native Shrub Planting at Sams Walker Day Use Area

Saturday, March 25, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers will be planting a mix of native shrub species in an oak restoration area with US Forest Service and partners.

Registration is required for each volunteer.

Please read our electronic Liability Waiver here. You will be asked to check a box acknowledging you read waiver during registration.

Youth volunteers

  • 15 years old and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Y?outh age 16 or older may volunteer on their own as long as they bring a Youth Volunteer Waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian. Find a printable Youth Volunteer Waiver Form HERE.

Project Description

This native shrub planting is the second phase of restoration in white oak habitat at Sams Walker. Volunteers will be planting a variety of shrub species to establish native understory that had previously been overrun with Himalayan blackberry. This is a great opportunity to learn your native plants and be a part of exciting habitat enhancement efforts at this site! This project is supported and guided by the Center for Ecodynamic Restoration

This event is family friendly and appropriate for ages 6 and up. To help with staff capacity, we kindly ask that parents help engage their child in the project.

Physical work includes walking along a flat packed gravel path and along the edges of grassy fields, bending, digging, planting, raking soil and debris. The planting site is about a .25 walk from the parking lot through a flat grassy field.

S?ite notes: there is a USFS vault toilet by the parking area.

What we provide:

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

What you should bring:

  • Water and lunch/ snacks
  • Sun protection (our work area has no shade, but our break areas will)
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • Face mask (optional)/ 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, cold or windy weather


  • 10:00 a.m. - Check in, introductions and safety check in
  • 10:15 a.m. - Hike to project site,
  • 10:30 a.m. - Project orientation and planting demo
  • We'll take a lunch around 12:00 and breaks as needed
  • 1?:45 p.m. -Wrap up and hike out


Directions and reminders will be emailed out 3-5 days before the event.

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