Fall Playbook 2023

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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Volunteer Program Parks Volunteer Program cob.org/parks • (360) 778-7000 17 MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY COMMUNITY WORK PARTY Come Join Us Join the City of Bellingham and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) as we care for a beloved local park at our annual Make a Difference Day and Arbor Day community work party. Join us at: Whatcom Falls Park Saturday, October 28th from 9 am to noon Together, we will plant native trees and shrubs along Whatcom Creek to improve water quality, recover downstream salmon habitat, and restore our forests for wildlife. Tools, gloves, instruction, coffee and snacks provided. All ages and abilities are welcome. No previous volunteer experience necessary. Space in this work party is limited! Please register in advance for this free event. To register and learn more, visit cob.org/madd2023. Stewardship in Your Backyard If you can't join our work party, you can still be a part of this national day of helping others by creating wildlife habitat in your own backyard or neighborhood. Enhancing habitat attracts birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, beautifies our neighborhoods, and improves air & water quality, which benefits everyone in our community. Visit our Backyard Habitat Restoration and Manage Weeds Naturally webpages for tips and ideas on how you can safely remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs, and improve soil and water quality, all while having fun with your family and neighbors. These resources were compiled by City biologists and weed management experts to help your backyard stewardship efforts succeed. cob.org/weeds and cob.org/backyard–habitat Become a Park Steward and Volunteer Independently Adopt your local park, trail or open space for Make A Difference Day and beyond! Park Stewards are long-term volunteers who work independently after receiving training and direction. Park Stewards can volunteer individually or as a group. This is a great way to get the whole family involved! Learn more about how to get involved in habitat restoration a cob.org/parkvolunteer.

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