Delridge Wetlands Open House Night on Thursday

By Erika Bell, Youngstown Manager Join Nature Consortium and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association for a Community Open House this week as we welcome our design team from Pomegranate Center to share their proposed design for the Delridge Wetlands Park! Visitors to the open house will have opportunity to see how the input of students, educators and project partners has been woven into an overall design. Designers will be gathering your input and feedback to help inspire the final plan.The Delridge Wetland, located at 23rd Ave SW and SW Findlay Street, is a project spearheaded by DNDA to protect, restore, preserve and expand…

Join us for Northwest FolkLife Festival 2017

Nature Consortium will be attending all four days of Northwest FolkLife 2017 next week, leading attendees through the process of making a collaborative art project using recycled and repurposed materials. In creating the Salmon Eco-Sculpture together in the festival’s Discovery Zone, attendees will explore creative reuse of old materials, connect nature and art, and think critically about environmental sustainability and eco-arts. Our goal is to encourage participants to explore and experience eco-art with critical thinking, environmental awareness and conceptual skills. Following the event, the sculpture will be on display at Camp Long until the Arts in Nature Festival on August 26-27….

Nature Consortium Expands its Reach

For many years, Nature Consortium’s home was the West Duwamish Greenbelt. That has been changing over the last two years, as we have added new project sites up and down the Delridge corridor such as Longfellow Creek and Camp Long. We added another to the list last week, hosting our first-ever work party at a new site at Delridge Way SW and SW Myrtle St near Sanislo Elementary School. The three-acre property is owned by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and was added to Nature Consortium’s stewardship portfolio in 2017. Restoration at any of our sites is a multi-year undertaking, involving removal of invasive…

Update on Delridge Wetlands Project

The Delridge Wetlands look a lot different these days. In late March, the upper portions of several large cottonwood trees were removed from the wetland by crews from Seattle City Light. The removal left behind snags 9- to 18-feet in height that will support wildlife and provide habitat for a number of species over the coming years. The Delridge Wetlands and Stewardship Project is an ongoing community effort led by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) to restore and protect the wetlands at 23rd Avenue SW and SW Findlay Street in West Seattle. DNDA is the parent organization of Nature Consortium. The site was once used by…

Destination Delridge: Art|Nature|Neighborhood

DNDA, Youngstown, and Nature Consortium are celebrating a year of growth, creativity, and innovative community building in Delridge. Now that Nature Consortium has become a program of DNDA, this fundraising event will be a time for people to learn more about our expanding projects and meet some of our new staff. We’re expecting 200+ attendees featuring live music, dance and poet performances, live painting, games and, of course, great food and drinks. Join us in this celebration!     Friday, February 24th at 6pm It is all happening at Metropolist a really cool spot in SoDo! Tickets available here: dnda.ejoinme.org/delridge17     If you…

Brief History of Duwamish Greenbelt & West Seattle

West Seattle has changed significantly over its long history from predating European settlement when the Duwamish tribe inhabited Seattle and fished the Duwamish River to our modern times of international commerce and diverse neighborhoods. Pre-settlement The Duwamish Greenbelt was part of the Duwamish tribe’s territory, The Duwamish river was a heavily used fishery during this time. Not only were the inhabitants of the West Seattle peninsula different but so was the forest, during this time conifers ruled; the western red cedar (Thuja plicate), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), and Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis). In 2014 only 3% of all trees in…

Nature Consortium becomes an affiliate of Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA)

Dear Friends of Nature Consortium, I am writing to share very exciting news with you! In April, a very special meeting took place. Board and staff leaders from both Nature Consortium and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) met to discuss a vision for the future. Through on-going discussions it easily became apparent that the long partnership and collaboration between Nature Consortium and DNDA holds tremendous potential for both organizations. This is what became apparent to all of us: We care about the same things: connecting people to arts and nature. Nature Consortium’s resources and expertise strengthens DNDA’s focus on…

Looking Back on 2015

As of Saturday, December 12th, the last of almost 4500 plants has been planted in the West Duwamish Greenbelt this year.  We have worked to restore and maintain 7 acres of land and racked up over 8000 volunteer hours. The year kicked off with a new Executive Director and new energy; 140 volunteers working side-by-side with Mayor Ed Murray, Councilman Tom Rasmussen, and Miss West Seattle for our annual MLK Day of Service; and, with the help of 3000 Seattleites Nature Consortium won The Sustainability Leadership Award for our work restoring our urban forest.  That was just the first three weeks! In 2015…

Evidence of a Future We Can Create

This has been a fun and busy summer!  From summer arts camps to weekly restoration work parties to the magic of the Arts in Nature Festival, there hasn’t been a dull moment. It’s been thrilling to see people become more connected to one another; more connected to themselves; and, more connected to nature through our programs. The highlight of my summer was meeting families at Nature Consortium’s Overnight Family Camp-out at Camp Long.  The weather forecast for the day of the camp was stormy and wet, the exact opposite of every previous day this summer.  For several weeks before camp…

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Parks Advocates Are Alarmed – We Want to Hear from You!

In January of this year I began full-time service as the Executive Director at Nature Consortium.  At that same time Seattle Parks and Recreation introduced new Proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines intended to address the needs of our growing city. These new guidelines have created a sense of alarm among park advocates throughout the city. Like you, we share a deep concern about how greenspaces and natural areas might be impacted by the introduction of recreational uses beyond those that are currently demonstrated and proven to be low-impact and low-intensity on the ecological health of vegetation and on wildlife habitat. Nature…

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