Meet Our New Interns

Meet our newest team members! Our Forest Restoration Program is steadily expanding, and to support our growth we’ve brought on two interns. You can meet Heather and Kyle at any of our Tuesday work parties during their three-month term. Heather has been volunteering with Nature Consortium since the beginning of 2015 and has now joined us as an intern. She is “really excited to be a part of such a great organization,” to have the opportunity to give back to our community’s green spaces, and make them a healthier place. Heather was inspired to help restore our forest because of her own experiences within…

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Middle Fork Inspires New Connections

To celebrate the completion of Merica’s first 90 days as Executive Director, the Nature Consortium staff ventured out to lunch in South Lake Union. On our way to the restaurant we spotted a breathtakingly enormous sculpture in the window of a nearby shop. Tim Detweiler, the director of the MadArt gallery space, invited us in to take a closer look. Middle Fork, Tim explained, is a life-sized sculpture of a hemlock tree made from a plaster cast of a 140-year-old tree that still stands today in North Bend, WA. The sculpture is the work of Seattle artist John Grade, who…

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Spring in Bloom: Native Flowers to See Right Now

Spring has arrived in the West Duwamish Greenbelt! This week in the greenbelt you can find two different native shrubs with bright pink flowers – red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum), a member of the gooseberry family and salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), a member of the Rose family. Red Flowering Currant This shrub is covered with drooping clusters of small bright pink and white flowers. Right now the leaves have not quite emerged and by the time the leaves are fully visible, the flowers will be fading. Later in the summer the flowers will develop into round black fruits, which are not believed…

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EcoARTS: A Brand New Vision

For many years, our Youth Art Program (YAP) served two anchor locations in the Yesler Terrace and Rainier Vista communities in partnership with Seattle Housing Authority. Though the YAP program saw tremendous success, it also faced a number of challenges. This time last year we began developing a new program model to address some of those challenges. Our goal is to more closely align our arts education program with our mission and state academic standards while increasing access to our program within our home base of Southwest Seattle. This period of change inspired us to take our new program model…

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Keely Wolfram on Why it Pays to Give

Keely Wolfram is a long-time Nature Consortium supporter who is passionate about youth and the outdoors. She served as Nature Consortium’s board president from 2009 to 2012 and continues her support with monthly donations. In a recent interview, Keely shared her story of what inspires her to give. Q. What initially drew you to become involved with Nature Consortium as a volunteer? Keely Wolfram: As a team member with Seattle Works Team Works program, I came out one Saturday to pull ivy with Nature Consortium. Our time out in the woods, right in the middle of the city, was pretty…

Modo Yoga Supports Nature Consortium

The wonderful folks at Modo Yoga in Greenwood dedicate one class per week to the community. Rather than charging the typical class fee, participants in their Karma Modo classes each Friday pay only a $5 donation which goes to support a local nonprofit. For January and February, Modo Yoga has chosen to donate proceeds from their Karma Modo classes to Nature Consortium! From now through February 28th, visit Modo Yoga’s Karma Modo classes on Fridays at 7:30pm to support Nature Consortium and a great local business. Thank you, Modo!

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Nature Consortium Wins Sustainability Leadership Award

We won! On January 23, Nature Consortium was awarded the Sustainability Leadership Award in the “Transforming Spaces” category in a three-way tie. The Highland Park Improvement Club and the Duwamish River Coalition were also honored with the award. “The judges felt strongly about highlighting the projects going on in South Seattle,” said Terri Butler, executive director of Sustainable Seattle, who hosted the award ceremony at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). Merica Whitehall, Nature Consortium’s new executive director, was there to receive the award. Nature Consortium is committed to serving Southwest Seattle and the Duwamish region. We recognize the…

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MLK Day of Service Success

Last Monday, staff and volunteers at Nature Consortium gathered in the West Duwamish Greebelt to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – and it was a huge success! We had the pleasure of meeting Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and Miss Seattle (an outstanding student from West Seattle High School), who all joined us in the greenbelt to pitch in. Here’s a look at what you accomplished: 140 volunteers attended 560 native plants installed 6 cubic yards of mulch spread 3 musicians performed 32 art project participants Students from local universities, as well as neighbors…

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Call For Artists: 2015 Arts in Nature Festival

The Arts in Nature Festival is an intimate and eclectic experience of art and performance in the woods of Seattle’s only camp ground. Nature Consortium is now seeking local Seattle and King County-based artists to participate in this year’s festival. Arts in Nature Festival August 22-23, 2014 Camp Long – 5200 35th Ave SW, Seattle Perform at the Festival Musicians, performers, theatre and dance troupes are wanted for performances in the Lodge, at the Pond, in the Meadow, and on the Glacier. Performances must be acoustic and unplugged, though you may bring your own small battery-powered amp. Artist fees are…

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Living Legacy: Duwamish Tree Planting Honors Dr. King

Every year on MLK Day, Nature Consortium hosts a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to celebrate his legacy of environmental justice. As we raise awareness of the important issues facing us today, events like these engage the community in making concrete change. By restoring forest habitat in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, we aim to ensure that all members of our community have access to a healthy, green living environment. This year’s MLK event will be especially exciting; in addition to 200 community volunteers, we will also be joined by city councilmember Tom Rasmussen, mayor…

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