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Celebrate the collective power of community by joining the City of Bellingham and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) for our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Community Work Party on Monday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to noon in Squalicum Creek Park. Together, we will restore habitat near Willow Spring, an off-channel habitat that was constructed in 2010 to provide a place for salmon to grow, feed, and rest during their journey between Squalicum Creek and the ocean.

We will plant native trees and shrubs and remove invasive plants near the Willow Spring channel to improve salmon habitat, water quality, and a beloved community park. Through this work, we hope to exemplify the environmental justice movement, which was inspired by Dr. King through his concern for the urban environment. Environmental justice embodies the principle that all people have the right to clean air, water, and soil, as well as the right to live in safe and healthy communities.

All ages and abilities welcome. No previous volunteer experience necessary. Unaccompanied youth under age 18 must provide a City & NSEA Youth Liability Release Form signed by their legal guardian. Participants under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

We provide tools, gloves, and instruction, as well as free snacks, Tony’s coffee, and Papa John’s pizza, which were generously donated for this event.

Please wear weather-appropriate clothing, long pants, closed-toe shoes, a face mask, and bring a water bottle. Face masks are required and COVID safety guidelines must be followed. You can read our Safe Start Plan for volunteer events for more information.

Please register in advance for this free event. Spots are limited!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2022 Work Party