Clean-Up at Turtle Haven Preserve

Thursday, October 26, 2023

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a fall clean-up and seeding project that will begin to transform an old homestead site at this preserve to wildlife habitat.

Registration is required for each volunteer.

Please read our digital Liability Waiver here and check the box as you register.

Youth volunteers

  • 15 years old and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • 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

Turtle Haven Preserve has been an active restoration site for approximately 5 years prioritizing habitat improvements for Northwestern Pond Turtles populations in the Gorge in partnership with Washington Fish and Wildlife Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to pond habitat restoration, over the past year, 11 run-down structures were removed including most recently, an old house. Now it's time to for a clean up before winter sets in!

We will spread out and scour the site for micro-trash left behind from deconstruction (there will be prizes for the most unique finds). Next, we'll spread native grass seed in the areas where the house was removed to begin to add native vegetation before the weeds come in! If time allows, we may tackle a few invasive weeds on site as a bonus!

Learn more about Turtle Haven Preserve HERE.

Physical work includes walking on uneven ground, bending, raking.

S?ite notes: there is no official restroom on site; there is poison oak that we will identify and avoid.

What we provide:

  • Work gloves (you are also welcome to bring your own)
  • Tools
  • Snacks and hot beverages

What you should bring:

  • Water and lunch/ snacks
  • Layers to keep you warm and dry
  • A pack to carry your personal gear

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


  • 9:00 a.m. - Check in, introductions and safety
  • 9:15 a.m. -Project orientation
  • We'll take breaks as needed
  • 11?:45 p.m. -Wrap up and head out


Directions and final details will be sent out about a week before the work party.

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