Tukwila's Outing to Duwamish Alive!

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Tukwila Elementary School
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Trip Types:
Community Service, Earth Day, Educational
We will be participating in the Duwamish Alive! Restoration effort at 12770 Gateway Drive, Tukwila WA. We will meet up with Tukwila Elementary students and ICO leaders as well as other volunteers. Here's our agenda:
8:30 AM: Leaders meet at All City Coffee
9:00 AM: Arrive at School, Gear Up, Talk Agenda/Rules
10:00 AM: Arrive at Duwamish Alive! location, sign-in, receive instructions
12:00 PM: Lunch, provided by Duwamish Alive!
2:00 PM: Depart Duwamish Alive! and head to Showalter
2:15 PM: Closing Circle, Collect Gear
2:30 PM: Students get picked up
We had a great day volunteering with Duwamish Alive! We teamed up with the Showalter students at the start of the event, where we got to make and spread "deer poop" seed balls and draw out our river stories for a local artist. We then moved on to join the rest of the volunteers, where we laid burlap and mulched native plants. The students established their own assembly lines for passing mulch buckets and asked lots of questions about what we were doing and how it was helping the river. The organizers of the event were wonderful about answering questions, and we all came away with a great understanding of how and why we preserve our natural spaces!
Next time, trip leaders should advocate for the students early on. Our volunteer work started out a little slow. Once the organizers saw what our many hands could accomplish, the work picked up - which the students loved!