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…


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…


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! 


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…


GiveBIG for Nature Consortium

Are you looking for a way to give back and support Nature Consortium? GiveBIG is a city-wide day of online charitable giving hosted by The Seattle Foundation to inspire Seattlites to give to the nonprofits that make our city great. When you give to Nature Consortium on May 15, your dollars will be partially matched! How Does GiveBIG Work? Every donation made between midnight and midnight on May 15, 2013 will be partially matched by the Seattle Foundation’s “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day….


Nature Consortium supports EPOC

Nature Consortium is proud to support the new Seattle chapter of Environmental Professionals of Color. EPOC, a program of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, is a national leadership network for and by people of color (POC) working in the environmental industry. It provides support, opportunities to grow and develop as leaders, and tools for people of color to be effective change agents. Some History People of color are highly underrepresented in the environmental movement. All over the country there are people like Fred Tutman, who works to protect the Patuxent River and found out that he was the only African…


Deep Roots: Our Heartfelt Thanks

It’s officially one week after our first ever Deep Roots benefit bash, and we’re still glowing from all the excitement. Deep Roots has been our biggest, most fun, and most successful fundraiser ever. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make it a wonderful evening. This year’s fundraiser brought a lot of new things for us: a new beautiful venue, our first year with an emcee, a photo booth, a great silent auction, a Raise the Paddle, and our first time hosting an evening event rather than a Sunday brunch. We also broke our record for the amount of…


Carla Moreno Joins Nature Consortium

[Guest post by Carla, the newest member of the Nature Consortium family.] Hi everyone, my name is Carla Moreno and I’m the new Arts Education Director here at Nature Consortium. I graduated with a Master’s in Music Education from the University of North Texas and taught in the public school systems for 13 years. I was born in New Orleans and raised in Houston. I relocated to Seattle in 2007 and absolutely love it here!  I enjoy backpacking, kayaking, and reading a good adventure book. Some of my favorite authors are Jane Goodall, Kira Salak, and Cheryl Strayed. I’ve done…

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