Mercer Slough Nature Park
The BBRC Preserve Planet Earth has adopted the Mercer Sough Nature Park for its vehicle for making lasting change in our local community. 7+ miles trails, visitors center, environmental education center, picnic areas, waterfront, canoe launch, blueberry farm, and restrooms. Just minutes from downtown, the Mercer Slough Nature Park is the largest of Lake Washington’s remaining fresh water wetlands and is one of Bellevue’s largest parks. Explore over 320 acres of wildlife habitat, agriculture, and freshwater wetland ecosystems on 7+ miles of trails including a unique canoe trail. The blueberry farm sells fresh seasonal produce. The beautifully restored historic Winters House is Bellevue’s only public building on the National Historic Register. It serves as the home of the Eastside Heritage Center, offers historic tours, and is available for meeting and event rentals. The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a partnership with the Pacific Science Center focusing on freshwater wetland ecology, provides a park visitor center (open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and offers programs for adults, youth and families.
Projects will include renovation of trails and habitat in the Mercer Slough. Specific items may include trail renovation, installing post and rail fencing, stream bank stabilization and native planting. Depending on how many people show up we have some flexibility on how much we do.
- Bellefields Creek Restoration – install stepping stones, post and rail fencing, interpretive signs and native plantings to harden access and restrict and restore areas of excessive erosion where we don’t want to promote future access.
- Bellefields Trail Widening – install trail retainage and drain tile to create bump out to provide better access for environmental programs
- Cedar Tree Access – install post and rail, signage and native plantings to reduce erosion
- MSEEC Trail Slope Repair – install post and rail fence, signage and native plantings to restrict access and restore slopes to reduce erosion
- MSEEC Planting – install additional plant material throughout the MSEEC landscaping
- Polliwog Preschool Outdoor Lab – create outdoor lab by installing trail, native plantings, and post and rail fencing.
- 118th Restoration Planting – clearing exotic vegetation and planning areas associated with a previous restoration along the 118th Ave periphery trail
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Preserve Planet Earth Work Parties embody:
A message from ALEX RULE (COMMITTEE CHAIR)
Fifteen years ago my mom encouraged me to pursue my passion for the environment through the Preserve Planet Earth Committee of the BRRC. For the next 5 years, the BBRC was involved in over10 projects and through those projects we fostered fellowship and we gave countless kids an opportunity to plug into what it means to connect with the earth. For the last 8-9 years, I’ve been focused on raising two boys but in honor of my mom, who passed away last April @ 92 of my mom, and in hopes of passing on her passionate environmental legacy to our children, it’s time for me to reengage with Rotary through PPE…but I need help.