Youngstown Garden

Free & after school in West Seattle

Fall quarter is here for our Youth Art Program, and this quarter we’re offering free organic farming classes for youth right here at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. Classes start next week, so sign up today! Grow Up! Organic Gardening Like food? Come to the Youngstown Garden and learn how to grow it, cook it, eat it, and use it. We’ll care for our chickens, build and maintain our garden, learn about all aspects of food systems, listen to music, hang out, cook, and make herbal products with our garden bounty. Service learning hours available too. This class is aimed at ages…

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Reflecting on a Day of Service

All around the King County, people came together to spend one day giving back to their communities. Last Friday Nature Consortium hosted 85 volunteers from Microsoft in honor of United Way’s Day of Caring. As the single largest day of service in Washington State, Day of Caring is always a big day for us. It was a lot of fun, and we covered a lot of ground (34,550 square feet!). It’s amazing to see the kind of impact you can have in one day when so many people get together. The work We spent the day doing maintenance on the…

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Featured Fest Artist: The Cabiri

Seattle dance troupe The Cabiri uses dance, aerial arts, fire performance, and theater to tell the stories of ancient myths and folk tales. A well-known Arts in Nature Fest favorite, we are pleased to have them back again this year! The troupe will be performing several different short performances each day, with a stunning fire performance Saturday night at 8pm. Check out the full festival schedule here. From The Cabiri: “We take our audiences to misty nights beneath the waxing crescent moon, worlds where anything is possible, and realms that remind us that we never have to lose the mysteries…

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Featured Fest Artist: The Moondoggies

We’re so excited to have Seattle locals The Moondoggies headlining the Arts in Nature Festival on Saturday night! They bring warm three-part harmonies, a gothic Rhodes organ, and wanderlust guitar mark a sound rooted in boogie blues and cosmic country; whip-smart songwriting leads to hook-heavy tunes that bristle with originality. This show will be an exclusive and intimate acoustic performance.  Only 50 seats available for this show!Buy tickets here. ($25)   From the KEXP blog:  “Rootsy harmonies, and old-soul crooning from frontman Kevin Murphy, will rock your socks off with their live show. Otherworldly, but sonically refreshing to the the modern…

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Ten, Ten, Ten!

We give our Clips of Faith event a 10 out of 10 for being a smashing success! Thank you to everyone who came out and made this possible, especially New Belgium Brewing for giving us the opportunity. We had lots of fun! Some Stats: About 50 volunteers set up the event, served beer, checked IDs, sold beer tokens, and tore everything down when it was over.Over 800 people came out to enjoy good beer and cool flicks in the park. Lots of money ($$) raised for a good cause! (No totals yet – it’s still in the works.)One lucky winner of…

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Bikes and brews! A few of our favorites:

It’s beer week at Nature Consortium! We’re gearing up for Clips of Faith (this Friday!), and we’ve got bikes and beer on the brain. New Belgium is set to have 14 of their finest brews on tap, including our staff favorite Ranger IPA. We’re also raffling off a “Fat Tire” cruiser bike (must be present to win). Here’s what a few of our staff have to say this week:     Amy Truax, Grant Manager Fave New Belgium beer: “Gotta be the Ranger IPA! Especially in the can, makes it easier to transport when you’re camping. “ “I have an…

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Calling all volunteers: We need you!

Like beer and movies? Volunteers needed at Clips of Faith, our beer and film festival with New Belgium Brewing. The event will be held at Gas Works Park on Friday July 29th, and we need your help to make it great! We had a great weekend at the West Seattle Summer Fest. The weather was beautiful, and we sold lots of raffle tickets for the “Fat Tire” bike. If you haven’t heard, we’re raffling off this beauty at the end of the month. Aside from being terribly gorgeous, it’s a one-of-a-kind single speed cruiser bike, brand new with a built-in basket…

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Wine in the Woods

Photos Are Here! Our second annual Wine in the Woods fundraiser on June 30th was a great success! We had a great time out in the West Duwamish Greenbelt listening to live music and enjoying delicious wine and treats. All of us at Nature Consortium would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible: 12th & Olive Wine Co for the wine, Long Provincial Restaurant for the delicious food, and Boys of Greenwood Glen and Brian Kent for the music, and all of our fabulous volunteers. We have tons of AMAZING photos. Check out or gallery courtesy of photographers Chris D’Annunzio and…

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Edible nature in Seattle’s forests: Salmonberries are here!

The salmonberries in the greenbelt are nearly ripe and ready to eat! These native treats look like raspberries but have an orange-pink (or sometimes bright red) color. They are in the same family as non-native pest Himalayan blackberry and make a great substitute when you want to remove the invasive blackberry. Salmonberries are an important food source for local wildlife because they are one of the first berries to ripen in the summer. Both the berries and the bark of this plant have also been an important plant for the indigenous people of the Northwest. For example, the Makah people…

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What better way to celebrate our 100th blog post…

…than by telling you all about our awesome accomplishments at this year’s Duwamish Alive! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Duwamish Alive, it is a local coalition founded in 2005 of over 30 nonprofits, businesses, municipalities, and community groups within the Duwamish River Watershed which is working together to preserve and enhance habitat for people and wildlife, with a goal towards improving the health of Puget Sound. Nature Consortium is a key member and sponsor of Duwamish Alive, and we’re very proud of the work that we’ve accomplished together over the last several years! Twice a year DA…

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