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STEM Schools: Where’s the Art? One Student Speaks Out

STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, is greatly considered the way of the future as both government and industry turn to these fields to help tackle problems like climate change, urban density, and health care. STEM schools like Cleveland High School on Seattle’s Beacon Hill are designed to prepare students for these jobs.  As the U.S. increases focus on STEM schools, arts advocates fear that arts education will be lost. Though art itself may not help solve climate change, advocates argue that the skills and creativity that students learn from the arts exactly what’s needed to develop…

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To Make the Dream a Reality, Act Now

When NatureC staff came back to the office after our MLK Weekend of Service, we were beaming with happiness. We spent Saturday and Monday in the greenbelt removing invasive plants, installing native trees and shrubs, and mulching with nearly 200 volunteers in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  View Photos Thanks From Our Volunteers “I’m ecstatic about all the little kids I’m seeing in the volunteer photos for events today. Thank you parents for instilling civic responsibility and care for the earth in your little ones!” “Thank you to every volunteer. I appreciate your efforts so much. You have made…

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Free Art Classes at Your Local Seattle Public Library

We are excited to announce our latest partnership with Seattle Public Libraries offering free art classes for kids and families. Now until May, Nature Consortium will be at a different library branch every Sunday from 2-3:30pm with a nature-themed art project. Check out the full schedule below.  Date Location Activity Jan. 6 Columbia Nature flags Jan. 13 High Point Animal puppets Jan. 27 Madrona Nature flags Feb. 3 NewHolly Leaf masks Feb. 10 Fremont Animal puppets Feb. 24 South Park Nature flags March 3 Queen Anne Animal puppets March 10 Chinatown Animal puppets March 17 University Nature flags March 24…

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Resolutions for Sustainability

2013 is officially here, and it could shape up to be a big year for sustainability. Here are a few things we hope to see in the environmental movement this year.  Energy 2013 could be the year of renewable energy. The new fiscal cliff deal temporarily extends tax credits that expired on January 1 for wind production companies, leaving time for legislators and clean energy lobbyists to work out a more long-lasting energy deal. InsideClimate News predicts that this year will see new legislation to benefit clean energy companies and create more green jobs. And with the price of solar panels going down, more homeowners and…

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The End of the World is Just the Beginning

I know of a few people who are probably staked out in bunkers right now surrounded by cans of food in preparation for the end of the world. What started out as a joke in the 1960s book The Maya has turned into a doomsday hoax of cosmic proportions. Scientists have repeated debunked myths about today’s supposed galactic alignment, sudden shifts in the magnetic field, and even the timing of the Mayan calendar itself. It’s not the end of anything, but it may indeed be the beginning of something new. And with this new era coinciding with the winter solstice and the coming new…

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This Weekend: DIY Art Shows for All Ages

Shop Local Punk Rock Flea MarketSaturday, December 8Noon-8pm  At this twice yearly event in Belltown, you’ll find handmade, DIY, and found vintage treasures. There’s sure to be plenty of men’s and women’s vintage clothes and accessories, plus handmade jewelry and art. Bring your own bag for shopping and a dollar for admission. While you’re in the neighborhood, also check out the DIY Holiday Fair less than a mile away. More info Nature Consortium Art MartThursday, December 136-9pm  Not technically this weekend, but we couldn’t help but mention. Stop by our gallery during West Seattle Art Walk for handmade ceramics, jewelry, and…

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Reteaching Thanksgiving

How can we teach and celebrate Thanksgiving in a multicultural society? For many people in the U.S., Thanksgiving is a time to visit family, eat large amounts of food, and reflect on things we are thankful for in our lives. Many others are celebrating their first Thanksgivings as youth or recent immigrants to the country. What do we teach them about what this holiday means? In addition to being a day of gratitude, Thanksgiving also carries a deep, complex history. We learn the story of Thanksgiving though school, television, and media. Some art projects ask young students to don feathers and…

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Rainy Storms Pump Sewage Into Puget Sound

It’s raining in Seattle. (Surprise!) In fact, it’s pouring. Forecasters are predicting up to 2 inches of rain today, and it won’t be stopping anytime soon. So where does all that water go? Big storms like these increase the chances of sewage overflowing into Puget Sound, thanks to Seattle’s combined sewer system. According to Seattle Public Utilities, about two-thirds of the city uses combined or partially combined sewer system, meaning that both stormwater from the streets and wastewater from our homes go through the same pipes. On a normal day, the combined water goes to a treatment plant to be cleaned of…

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We Put the “Party” in “Work Party”

Nature Consortium will once again celebrate Dow Constantine’s birthday by restoring his favorite park. Join us on Thursday, November 15, 10am-2pm at College Street Ravine in West Seattle for a Nature Consortium-style birthday party complete with live music by Dan Pearson. Dow Constantine is a West Seattle local who got involved in politics through his environmental work with the Friends of the College Street Ravine many years ago. Before becoming King County Executive, Dow worked with his local community to save the 5 acre green space from threats of development. It’s a story that we at Nature Consortium can relate…

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Meet Lindsay, Our Favorite Foodie

As you may know, we had been searching around for the perfect Development Coordinator to join our team. When we met Lindsay von Marbod last summer, we knew we had a winner. Lindsay is a West Seattleite with a background in art and a passion for youth development. She’s the newest member of our full-time staff and has been working on some great fundraising and development projects lately, including planning NatureC’s 15th birthday bash. She’s taken great care to get to know our donors and form relationships with local businesses and sponsors. In addition to her hard work, Lindsay is…

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