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Teens: Get Outside this Winter

Posted by Alexa Lindauer at Feb 11, 2013 01:10 PM |
Teens can earn community service hours with WTA this spring. We are offering Saturday Teen Work Parties one Saturday each month from February through June and two weeks of spring break April 8-12 and April 15-19.
Teens: Get Outside this Winter

Student volunteers clear vine maple at O'Grady Park. Image by Alexa Lindauer.

Hey, teens and parents of teens! Have you noticed that the days are getting longer and spring is a mere six weeks away? It's time to dust yourself off from hibernation and get on trail! There may be snow up high, but there are plenty of opportunities to hike and maintain trails at lower elevations closer to home.

Earn community service hours AND have a good time doing it

WTA is offering Saturday Teen Work Parties one Saturday each month from February through June. The upcoming dates are:

March 9th at Cougar Mountain in Issaquah
April 13th at Cougar Mountain in Issaquah
May 4th at Cougar Mountain in Issaquah*
June 1st (National Trails Day) at Cougar Mountain in Issaquah*

Volunteering on trail is a great way to earn your community service hours, all while enjoying the outdoors and spending time with friends. You heard us correctly, bring your friends! You can earn up to eight hours of community service in one day. If you can’t make one of our youth-specific opportunities, sign up for a work party on our regular schedule. We hold these work parties six out of seven days all year long. Some incredible young people helped maintain trails on 140 regular work parties in 2012, so chances are you won't be alone.

Spring Break is Coming!

Youth are invited to join WTA on an Alternative Spring Break work party, with two weeks of day work parties especially for teens. Sign-ups begin March 1. There will be volunteer options for single days or the whole week during the weeks of April 8-12 and April 15-19. They will be posted here.

Take a break from homework and HIKE

If you’re too busy with spring sports and homework to spend a whole day volunteering, try going on one of our suggested winter hikes.  Let us know about your hike by filing a trip report at

Whether volunteering or hiking, we look forward to seeing you out on trail this winter and spring.

* These two spring trips are not yet on the schedule, as we are awaiting final word on our destination.

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