Metro Parks Tacoma

Natural Area Steward Groups

All Natural Area Steward Groups listed below have agreements in place through CHIP-in! To join an existing group, please contact us.  (These groups do park maintenance, park patrol & are concerned citizens...just like You!)

Alderwood Park

Seeking a New Habitat Steward!  Contact Us
Help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, and other special projects

Charlotte's Blueberry Park

Habitat  Steward Group: Friends of Blueberry Park
Coordinator: Kevin Going
Friends of Blueberry Park help existing park service with: some pruning and thinning bushes and organized monthly clean up events
Blueberry picking season is mid-July & August.
Join us: 4th Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

China Lake

Habitat  Steward Group: Friends of China Lake 
Coordinators: Gail Sklar
gjsklar@gmail.com
Friends of Franklin Park help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant weeding and watering, organized work parties and more
Join us: 1st Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

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Delong Park

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Franklin Park

Habitat  Steward Group: Friends of Franklin Park
Coordinators: Nori Kimura & Alex Deome
Friends of Franklin Park help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant weeding and watering, organized work parties and more
Join us: 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

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Garfield Gulch

Habitat Steward Group: Friends of Garfield Gulch
Coordinator: Rob Girvin rgirvin@harbornet.com
Friends of Garfield Gulch help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant planting, organized work parties and more
Future work parties to be announced

Julia's Gulch

Habitat Steward Group: Friends of Julia's Gulch
Coordinators: Heather & Don Halibisky halabcoles@nventure.com
Friends of McKinley help existing park service with: invasive plant removal, native plant planting, organized work parties and more
Future work parties to be announced

McKinley Park

Habitat Steward Group: Friends of McKinley Park
Coordinators: Larry & Lynnette Scheidt
Friends of McKinley help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant planting, organized work parties and more
Join us: 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

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Oak Tree Park

Habitat Stewards: Albert Styers, Cinda Berkhout & Philip Lord
Oak Tree Park's volunteer steward group helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant control and removal, and community education
Join us: 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

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Point Defiance Park

Habitat Steward Group: Sierra Club-Tatoosh Group
Coordinator: Brett Johnson bmjohnson75@hotmail.com
Sierra Club-Tatoosh Chapter helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, brush removal, and invasive plant removal with a strong focus on Englis ivy
Join us: 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon for a Point Defiance Beach Clean Up (meet at the Marina)

Puget Gulch

Habitat Steward Group: Puget Creek Restoration Society
Coordinator: Scott Hansen pcrs@pugetcreek.org
PCRS provides restoration and research activities designed to restore, conserve and preserve Puget Creek and Puget Gulch for conservation.
Join us: 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Ryan's Park

Habitat Steward: Luis Yanez
Help existing park service with: maintaining the natural area and wetland
Join us: 1st Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Tacoma Nature Center

Habitat Stewards: Cyndy Dillon & Bill Brookreson
Join us for regular stewardship activities: removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. Learn More >
Join us: 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month from 9 am to noon

Titlow Park

Seeking a New Habitat Steward!  Contact Us
Help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant weeding and watering, organized work parties and more

Ursich Park

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Wapato Hills Park

Habitat Steward Group: Friends of Wapato Hills Natural Area
Coordinators: Carol Munsey, Andrew Mordhurst, Loren Korff, Lori Hall
Wapato Hills Park volunteer steward group helps existing park service with: litter pickup, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, organized monthly work parties, and reporting safety concerns
Join us: 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Wapato Park

Habitat Steward: Chris Beale bealec714@gmail.com
Help existing park service remove invasive plant species, such as blackberry, ivy and laurel, from the park's wetlands and wooded areas, as well as some minor trash clean up
Work parties on hold until further notice. Work parties are normally held on the 4th Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon. Meet at the off-leash dog parking lot which is accessed off the Sheridan entrance to the park (take a right at the round about after you enter the park).

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Can't find a friends group in your natural area?

Contact chipin@tacomaparks.com to learn how you might work in partnership with Metro Parks to start one.

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