Breaking news! I’m proud to announce I received the inaugural “Legacy Award” for being a “positive force” in my community to improve parks and recreation and for my leadership of Friends of Des Moines Creek and other volunteers for nearly two decades.

LegacyAward 2017LegacyAward at Beach Park 2017 (2)

As I walk or jog along Des Moines Creek each week, I am truly thankful for all the volunteers who have given their time to help improve our natural areas. I couldn’t do it alone. Though the award was presented to me, it was earned by all of us.

Friends of Des Moines Creek

Since 1999, Laura has led Friends of Des Moines Creek and partnered with community volunteers to restore fish and wildlife habitat and maintain and protect miles of Des Moines Creek that flows into Puget Sound.

Friends of Des Moines Creek

Past projects along Des Moines Creek include:

Des Moines Creek buffer 2015

To inquire about ongoing volunteer opportunities with Friends of Des Moines Creek, or to suggest a project with your own group, please email LauraHartema@yahoo.com.  Please include “Volunteer” in your subject line.

Bird Lovers, click on the links below to discover what birds were observed by Laura and volunteer Sharon Cormier-Aagaard along Des Moines Creek:http://ebird.org/ebird/DesMoinesCreekBirdsSept2015 ; and http://ebird.org/ebird/DesMoinesCreekBirdsJan2016. 

Partnering to protect Des Moines Creek

Partnering to protect Des Moines Creek