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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 www.AllAtOnce.org and at the upcoming Jack Johnson concerts where…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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.,…

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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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Call for Artists: Your Art at the Arts in Nature Festival

Hey artists, we have two great paid opportunities for you to show your work at the 2013 Arts in Nature Festival. The deadline is June 28, 2013 at 4pm for both grants. Click on the full details of each to view all requirements and restrictions. Site Specific Installation, Grant $400.00:  Artists are invited to submit proposals to provide new or existing, temporary, and site-specific installations for the Arts in Nature Festival. Nature Consortium is seeking an installation that would help with our crowd control from the parking lot to our main gate. Our event is at Camp Long, 5200 35th…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Rose Monahan

Congrats to Rose Monahan for being our Earth Month volunteer of the month! Rose is a new volunteer this year and pitched in the most hours of any NatureC volunteer during Earth Month in April. Rose is a resident of West Seattle who loves nature. She loves volunteering with Nature Consortium because she has a deep connection to the environment and wants to help her local community. Rose is absolutely “crazy about plants” and enjoys gardening, cooking, music, and singing. If you see her out in the woods, be sure to say hi and congrats! 

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Picnic in the Park – June 15

Join Nature Consortium on Saturday, June 15th for an outdoor celebration in the West Duwamish Greenbelt! Bring a blanket, some hiking shoes, a picnic basket, and your friends and family to Picnic in the Park, a celebration of Seattle’s largest forest. Picnic in the ParkSaturday, June 15, 10am-2pmWest Duwamish Greenbelt – SoundwayIn south lawn at South Seattle Community College6000 16th Ave SW, next to the south parking lotTreats by Marination Event Schedule    10am   Picnic in the Park begins 10:15am   Toddler Walk 10:30am – 1:30pm   Art Activity: making nature flags with Amy Pille 11am – 12pm   Live Music…

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