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Toddler Tree Planting

When the Restoration Team first discussed the idea of inviting preschool classrooms out to the greenbelt, we weren’t sure what kind of response that we would get.  Soon after our invitation went out to local pre-schools, phone calls and e-mails started pouring in from teachers who loved the idea of a planting event. To prep the land for planting, we enlisted the help of our fabulous regular volunteers. We cleared over 10,000 square feet of Himalayan blackberry to create room to plant fresh Douglas firs and snowberries. After a few more preparations, we were ready for the toddlers that braved…

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Giving thanks to our community

As Thanksgiving nears, we’d like to take time to think about everything we have to be thankful for. It’s been a great year here at Nature Consortium, full of new faces, new opportunities, and new ideas. We are thankful to have such a great community of support every step of the way.  Most of all, we’re thankful for YOU, our supporters, volunteers, donors, staff, neighbors, and friends who inspire us every day. You believe in our mission and share our passion for creating community through art and nature. Together, we can fulfill our vision of creating a more artful and sustainable…

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A New Face at Rainier Vista

I’m Grace Scarella, the new Site Coordinator at Rainier Vista.  Two busy months have passed since I started working for Nature Consortium, and fall quarter classes are in full swing.  The quick pace and vibrancy of my job is what originally drew me to working with kids.  Over seven years ago, I began volunteering in a parochial music education program in the Hmong community in the Central District.  Working with youth from different Laotian tribes showed me how important it is for youth to embrace their family and ethnic cultures; as a Filipino-American who has been raised to embrace my…

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Brews for a cause at Beveridge Place Pub

Of course, all of us at NatureC love to have a good time. We’re big fans of local businesses, bars, and brews. Our friends at 12th & Olive Wine Company have catered our Wine in the Woods fundraiser two years in a row, and this past summer marked our first sponsored event by New Belgium Brewing. Now we’re proud to announce our latest partnership with Beveridge Place Pub right here in West Seattle! Starting Wednesday, November 9th, Beveridge Place Pub will donate 50 cents to Nature Consortium for every pint of Whale Tail Ale sold for the next three months! We’re so…

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Duwamish Alive: the restoration doesn’t stop here

First off, we’d like to give a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers that came out with us for Duwamish Alive last Saturday. The work you’ve done is important, and together we have made a huge impact on the Duwamish watershed.  Saving our watershed Decades of industrial pollution, urban runoff, and sewage overflow have made the Duwamish River one of the most polluted rivers in the country. As citizens of the river’s watershed, we’ve banded together as a community to do our part to make the river clean again. Last Saturday, hundreds of volunteers gathered at 14 different sites throughout the…

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How will you Do Good?

Picture this: 25 eager volunteers, total strangers, get on a charter bus driven by another total stranger. They blast music, play games, and get to know each other on the bus, all the while having no idea where the bus is taking them. They’ve all signed up to volunteer for a local service project, but their destination is a secret until they arrive. After a half hour bus ride, these 25 volunteers pulled up at Pigeon Point Park yesterday where Lizzie, Amy P., Philip and I were eagerly awaiting their arrival. As they got off the bus, we explained that…

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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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