South Sound volunteers will donate time, muscles to celebrate National Trails Day

Thousands of volunteers will join work parties Saturday nationwide to celebrate the 23rd annual National Trails Day.

More than 2,000 events will take place around the country, including here in the South Sound at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Tumwater Hill Park and the West Fork Humptulips Trail.

Organized by the American Hiking Society the first Saturday of June, the event is a celebration of the nation’s trail system. Volunteers gather to help improve trails, clean up after winter storms and prepare paths for the busy summer season.

The work parties are organized by communities, park districts, trail advocacy groups and individuals. There will be close to 70 events taking place across the state.

Here is a look at some of the South Sound activities:

POINT DEFIANCE PARK: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Volunteers will do trail maintenance work to increase trail safety and accessibility. The work will include path repair and maintenance, vegetation pruning, removal of accumulated brush piles and downed limbs.

Tools, equipment, snacks, water and materials will be provided. Volunteers are urged to carpool and should dress appropriately for the weather.

Participants of all ages and abilities should meet at Owen Beach at 9 a.m. Groups of three or more people should register in advance so organizers can plan for the day. Get more details or register by contacting Richard Madison at 253-202-5978 or richardm@tacomaparks.com.

PRIEST POINT PARK: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers will focus their efforts on the woodsy wonder trail in the park. Participants should meet at Shelter No. 1. Priest Point Park, 600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. For information, contact 360-53-8380 or olympiawa.gov/city-services/parks/volunteering.

TUMWATER HILL PARK: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Tumwater Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the PARC Foundation to hold a work party. Volunteers will remove invasive Scotch broom, clear debris, and plant new trees and bulbs along the Tumwater Hill Trail. Tools, gloves, water and light refreshments will be provided. The park is at 3115 Ridgeview Loop, Tumwater. For information, contact 360-754-4160 or cgroth@ci.tumwater.wa.us.

WOODLAND CREEK COMMUNITY PARK: 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Participants will help spread wood chips, pull weeds and invasive plants, and do basic trail maintenance in Woodland Creek Community Park and along the Lacey Woodland Trail. The park is at 6729 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey. Volunteers are asked to register by Monday at ci.lacey.wa.us/volunteer opportunities/link. For information, contact 360-491-0857 or kowen@ci.lacey.wa.us.

SAHARA CREEK CAMPGROUND: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Pierce County Chapter of Backcountry Horseman of Washington are holding this work party. Volunteers can bring tools if they have them. The campground is at milepost 5 on state Route 706 near Elbe. For information, call 253-209-4877.