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…


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…


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,…


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,…


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….


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…


Jack Johnson Wants to Match Your Gift!

Nature Consortium is teaming up with Jack Johnson and All At Once, a social action network that supports environmental change-makers. Jack Johnson created All At Once to connect nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community.  As part of this special partnership, all donations made to Nature Consortium between now and September 1 will be matched by the Johnson Ohana Foundation, up to $2,500! And if your employer matches your gifts, that means you can triple your gift through September 1, 2014. All At Once comes to life online at and at the upcoming Jack Johnson concerts where…


Summer Arts: Creative Discovery in the Classroom

Guest post: Porter, age 16, has been spending his summer internship as a classroom assistant with our Rainier Vista Youth Art Program through Teens in Public Service (TIPS). In the Rainier Vista neighborhood, Nature Consortium hosts summer art classes for youth at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and the Rainier Vista Neighborhood House. Every summer, TIPS offers teens paid internships with nonprofits across Puget Sound. In this post, Porter describes the highlights of his experience thusfar. I walked into the Boys and Girls Club the first day and was met by a wall of sound. The Games Room was in full…


Teamwork! Low Ropes Course at Rainier Vista

In Nature Consortium’s Youth Art Program, building community is all a part of meaningfully engaging a class of youth, teaching artists, NC staff, volunteers, and interns. From drumming to dancing to drawing, students and teaching artists creatively work together in a safe, neighborhood space. Above all, team work is vital for this to happen. During Earth Week last April at Rainier Vista, we decided to hone in and focus on team building and problem solving with our kids. Learning the Ropes Our former Restoration Coordinator, Lizzie Jackson, came to the Smilow Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club to lead a…


Download Now: Music for Environmental Progress

Here’s a great way to support a talented artist and support Nature Consortium at the same time. From now through August, buy the latest song from Sheldon Botler and part of the proceeds go to Nature Consortium. Sheldon is a dear friend of ours who recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a professional musician. His latest song “What Do I Do” calls attention to the many environmental issues we face today and asks all of us to do our part to change the world.

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