Join NSEA and the City of Bellingham for a community work party in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

January 21st, 2019 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Photo caption:  Nearly 300 volunteers participated in 2018’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service work party at Maritime Heritage Park

Photo caption: Nearly 300 volunteers participated in 2018’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service work party at Maritime Heritage Park

Where: Whatcom Creek estuary in Maritime Heritage Park, 1600 C Street. Sign in near the fish hatchery.

When: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Work party will be followed by a celebration with free pizza and a raffle.

Travel by bus or bike: Several Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) bus routes will get you to Maritime Heritage Park. The park is also accessible by bike. Find your bus route using WTA's online trip planner or your bike route by visiting

Travel by car: Parking is available in the lot at the end of C Street.

We provide: Tools, gloves, instructions, a raffle hosted by NSEA and pizza donated by Papa John's.

You need: Weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes.

Who: You, your friends and family, and other community members (all ages welcome.)

What: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service community work party. Volunteers will plant native plants around the Whatcom Creek estuary, contributing to ongoing efforts to improve water quality, salmon habitat, and green space in a beloved local park that serves as a gathering place for people of all backgrounds in the Bellingham community.

Why: Maritime Heritage Park is one of the traditional homelands of the indigenous Coast Salish people. The Whatcom Creek estuary, once the site of a Lummi fishing village, has a long history of human activities impacting water quality and habitat, including a landfill beginning in the 1880’s and later a sewage treatment plant. Development of Maritime Heritage Park began in the 1970’s when the sewage treatment plant was transformed into a salmon hatchery.

Ongoing environmental restoration work at Whatcom Creek includes planting native plants along the stream to minimize erosion, reduce water temperatures, filter pollutants and provide food and shelter for fish and wildlife. This work party provides an opportunity for volunteers to directly contribute to this important work and build a healthier Bellingham community.

Work party contact: Amy Brown, Bellingham Parks Volunteer Coordinator, at or 360-778-7105.

Details: RSVP is not required for this free event. Unaccompanied youth under the age of 18 must provide a City and NSEA Youth Liability Release Form signed by their legal guardian, which can be found at

Hosted by: Bellingham Parks and Recreation, Bellingham Public Works Natural Resources and NSEA.