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.


Recycled Crafts for Kids: Octopus Friends

From our Yesler classroom, here’s a fun art project for kids using recycled materials. These Octopus Friends are made with plastic bottles and can be decorated with any supplies you have on hand. Plus, they can be a great lesson on recycling, marine life, and habitat. This activity is great for ages 5-10 and takes about 20-40 minutes. Materials School glue or Hot-Glue gun, empty plastic water bottles (larger ones work best), scissors, googly eyes, markers, heat gun or hair dryer, decorations such as yarn, feathers, beads, and buttons Set Up and Prepare For safety reasons, it’s best that these first…


Summer in the Sun: Two Seattle Events Not to be Missed

As local duo Blue Scholars always say, there’s “nothing better than the summer in the Northwest!” Summer officially starts this week, and we’ve got a great lineup of outdoor events to share.  Clips Beer & Film Tour – July 26 Join us at Gas Works Park for a night of beer, bikes, and outdoor movies! Enjoy some of our favorite beers – up to 18 varieties on tap – plus handmade short films from all over the country. There will be food trucks, field games, beer trivia, and more. The Clips Beer & Film Tour is currently travelling the U.S.,…


Ode to Soundway: A love letter to Seattle’s largest forest

Soundway, how do we love thee? When we discovered Soundway, it was a messy, overgrown plot of land in desperate need of TLC. We dove into the mess of blackberry thorns and rallied our community to help clean it up. This year marks the two-year anniversary of Soundway becoming a city park, and it’s all thanks to our neighbors, friends, and supporters who have helped us over the years. Over on our Facebook page, we’ve posted an album called Ode to Soundway with some of our favorite photos of volunteers, scenery, and critters at Soundway. Along with the photos, you’ll find…

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