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Building Leadership in the Arts

  Her bubbly smile and positive attitude are contagious. When you meet her, you’ll know exactly what we mean. Carol R. Williams is the newest member of the Nature Consortium team. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with youth, young adults, and teachers in arts education and job readiness programs. Her list of accolades and accomplishments is miles long. As the new Arts Education Manager, Carol will oversee all aspects of the Youth Art Program, from designing curriculum and hiring teachers to deepening relationships with the communities we serve. One of her first major projects will be…

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Meet Lizzie, Our New Restoration Director

Nature Consortium is proud to welcome Lizzie Zemke as our new Restoration Director. The following is a guest post from Lizzie. Since moving to Seattle from western New York State 30 years ago, I have had the good fortune of working as a plant ecologist and wetland scientist in Puget Sound, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, and even in the Sandhills of Nebraska. I have a passion for botany and natural history, but I also have a passion for community, and I see Nature Consortium as a place to realize both goals. I am very excited about this new chapter in my…

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Field Excursions Bring Art To The Outdoors

As warmer weather arrives, we have more opportunities to connect youth to the outdoors. Amy Pille, who teaches Eco Arts at our Rainier Vista location, along with our Executive Director Renee Mona, recently took students on an outdoor excursion to create nature art around their neighborhood. She drew inspiration for her lesson from the work of Andy Goldsworthy, a professional artist who creates sculptures from materials found in nature. Before sending students off to create their own sculptures, Amy guided them in a discussion on the importance of creating art with natural materials. Nature art is waste-free, can be done anywhere,…

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Nuun Hydration Sponsors 550 Native Plants

The folks at Nuun Hydration know a thing or two about water. Not only do they help athletes stay hydrated, they also help support the water cycle of our local ecosystems. Nature Consortium is excited to announce a new partnership with Nuun to plant 550 native plants in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Read all about it on their blog: Local companies like Nuun give back to their communities by volunteering and donating to support our natural world. To learn how your company can get involved with Nature Consortium contact renee@naturec.org

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Empowering Youth Through Deeper Learning

The new year has brought with it many changes at Nature Consortium’s Youth Art Program! Since our first class in 2000, we’ve striven to provide arts education as a vehicle for young people to realize their potential and empower themselves by learning about their environment and community. Our teachers are real-world artists who help youth develop the creative abilities needed to innovatively enact social change. Youth + Arts Education x (Environment + Community) = Creative Leaders + Social Change The formula has been a success thusfar, but we’re always looking for ways to improve. We asked ourselves: How can we…

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Sweet Sixteen Auction Packages

This auction has ended. Bid on these items at Nature Consortium’s Sweet Sixteen benefit bash. Bumbershooter Four guest passes to Bumbershoot, Seattle’s biggest music and arts festival. Choreographer Two tickets to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre on Sunday, April 13Two tickets to Midsummer Night’s Dream by Pacific Northwest Ballet Jumpstarter Keurig coffee maker with fair trade organic coffeeMacrina Bakery gift card and cookbook Northwesterner Patagonia backpack and men’s jacketGuided tour of the West Duwamish Greenbelt by Nature Consortium staff Prime Afternoon Sailboat trip around Lake Washington with a Nature Consortium board member Socialite Two tickets to the Seattle SymphonyDinner for two…

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Crush Of The Week: These Amazing Kids

Congrats Ms. Amaranta’s Eco Arts class, you’re our crush of the week. The atmosphere in the art room is always lively. Students are excited and eager to learn. The classes have proven to be popular. Registration at Rainier Vista is completely full, and students come back excited every week for each new lesson. Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys teaches Eco Arts every Friday at our Rainier Vista site. She is a long-time instructor with Nature Consortium and specializes in ceramics and mixed media visual arts. Her Eco Arts projects use 2-D and 3-D media to help students not only create fun works of art,…

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We Have A Crush On… Ocean Spray!

Look at how cute you are! Our crush of the week is ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor), a Northwest native shrub. The plant gets its common name from its white cascading flowers which some say resemble waves in the ocean. Ocean spray can be found in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, as well as many other Pacific Northwest forests and open areas. As a member of the rose family, ocean spray is a cousin of Douglas spiraea (Spiraea douglasii), another Northwest native plant, and is very similar in appearance to many other Spiraea species. Characteristics Leaves: The leaves are small and lobed,…

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Top Seven Nature Consortium Moments of 2013

It has certainly been a year to remember. Here are a few of the best milestones and memorable moments 2013. Arts in Nature Festival This year’s Arts in Nature Festival was one of the best yet. Cloud Cult headlined the weekend with a double-feature performance in Camp Long’s rustic lodge. Giving Thanks to Our Founder We said goodbye to our beloved founder, Nancy Whitlock, this year. Nancy has been an inspiring leader and advocate for the arts and the environment. We threw her a send-off party in November to show our appreciation and see her off on her next adventure….

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Special Volunteer Events This Fall

Fall is coming soon, and we have many opportunities for you to dig in to restoration.  Day of Caring – September 20 Every year, United Way matches local companies with opportunities to give back to their communities. Join us in the woods with your coworkers and friends on Friday, September 20th. This is a great opportunity to help offset your carbon footprint and build stronger connections On Day of Caring, we’ll clear the area of invasive weeds to prepare the site for planting on Green Seattle Day on November 2nd.  Duwamish Alive! – October 19 Planting season is coming! Join hundreds…

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