Volunteer at the mysterious Mima Mounds NAP near Olympia

Dozens of volunteers worked to remove invasive Scotch Broom weeds from Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve on National Public Lands Day (Sept. 26, 2009). Photo: DNR/ Nancy Charbonneau

This spring, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting three volunteer work parties at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve (NAP) to get the area ready for summer visitors.

Join us and start working towards your complimentary Discover Pass.

Mima Mounds NAP Spring Volunteer Event Details

February 23 
March 30
April 20
Events are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Only  7 miles south of Olympia. From south bound or north bound I-5, take exit 95. Go west on Highway 121 toward Littlerock. In Littlerock, continue west on 128th to the ‘T’ in the road. Turn right on Waddell Road. The Mima Mounds NAP entrance is about 1 mile on the left.

Print out a flyer.

Volunteer Activities
Aid in facilities maintenance including repairs, sign and trail maintenance, and prairie restoration. An interpretive walk will be offered near the end of the day for interested volunteers. Light refreshments will be provided.

What to Bring
Please bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and dress for the weather. We’ll provide the tools.

gravel path meanders through mima mounds covered in wildflowers
Spring is a wonderful time to volunteer at Mima Mounds NAP. Be sure to stop and check out the spring blooms. Photo: DNR

About Mima Mounds NAP
Mima Mounds NAP protects the largest and highest quality example of mounded Puget Prairie landscape, which has a mysterious natural history.

The preserve, established in 1976, includes native grasslands, a small Garry oak woodland, and savannah (widely spaced oak trees with grass understory), Douglas-fir forest and habitat for a variety of prairie-dependent butterflies and birds.

In 1966, the National Park Service designated Mima Mounds NAP a National Natural Landmark, for itsoutstanding condition, illustrative value of a landform, rarity, and value to science and education. The site is one of only 17 such landmarks found in Washington State. Find out more at Mima Mounds NAP.

For more information about the work parties, contact Birdie Davenport at 360-902-1434 (roberta.davenport@dnr.wa.gov) or Tanner Scrivens, 360-791-1368 (tanner.scrivens@dnr.wa.gov).

Check out more photos of Mima Mounds NAP.


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