Native plants serve a crucial role in Metro’s efforts to restore wetlands, oak woodlands and other habitats. The plants provide shelter for fish and wildlife as well as an important food source.
With the help of volunteers, Native Plant Center employees collect seeds and bulbs from the wild, grow them, and coordinate their planting at regional parks and natural areas to support restoration efforts.
There are three ways to volunteer at the Native Plant Center:
Volunteer Ventures: The Native Plant Center hosts volunteers two Saturdays a month for Volunteer Ventures. Help out for a day or return as a regular volunteer.
This is a family-friendly opportunity; no experience is needed. Dress for the weather. Gloves, tools, water and snack provided. Wheelchair-accessible with advance arrangements.
Center assistants: Center assistants are long-term volunteers who come in at least once a month on Tuesday and/or Friday mornings. Throughout the year volunteers participate in collecting, processing and planting seeds, harvesting and planting native bulbs, preparing seed beds, transplanting seedlings, collecting data and assisting with nursery operations.
If you’re interested in volunteering as a center assistant, please attend a Volunteer Ventures session. Upcoming sessions are at the bottom of the page.
Seed Scouts: Seeds scouts volunteer from March through September and are trained to track the development of native plants for seed collection.
While training is provided, volunteers need to have a strong knowledge of herbaceous plants native to the Pacific Northwest. They should also have experience using a dichotomous key, collecting field data and navigating in the field using GPS units.
If you’re interested in volunteering as a seed scout, please fill out an application by 5:00 pm on March 1, 2017. For more information on this opportunity, please take a look at this description: