The Forest Next Door


Mike and Donna Brathovde are uniquely situated to experience King County Parks’ forest stewardship activities. Since 1976, they’ve lived next to what is now known as Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area, a 145-acre forested park near Maple Valley and Black Diamond in south King County. But we’ll get to Mike and Donna in a moment. Ravensdale…

Another Planting Season in the Bag


  Three King County Parks programs are making great progress towards our county-wide goal to plant One Million Trees by 2020. King County Parks Volunteer and Restoration Program and our many community partners planted 41,076 conifers and 10,967 deciduous trees in 2018 for a whopping total of 52,043. Since the start of the 2019 planting season,…

705,840!


King County Parks enjoyed some quality time with County Executive Dow Constantine in Big Finn Hill Park today to celebrate progress toward the county’s admittedly audacious goal to plant One Million Trees by 2020. Together with 80 partnering organizations, we’ve planted 705,840 trees in King County. We are SO close! The Executive wholeheartedly encouraged anyone who…

Forest Stewardship 101


While your own yard might benefit from a simple raking, King County’s forests require a little bit more attention. Why not let nature take its course? Many of the 26,000 acres of forestland owned by King County Parks used to be timber plantations and weren’t managed to be forest habitat. These forests tend to be…

GiveBIG to the KC Parks Foundation!


May 9th is GIVEBIG and your chance to support the King County Parks Foundation efforts to combat climate change by helping King County plant a million trees by 2020. No one does trees better than parks. You don’t even need to wait until the BIG day – schedule your donation today, so you can be…

GiveBIG to the KC Parks Foundation!


GiveBIG is May 10th and you can support the King County Parks Foundation by donating here! And you don’t even need to wait until the BIG day – schedule your donation today, so you can be outside on May 10th instead – enjoying our 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 28,000 acres of open…