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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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Call For Artists! Feature Your Work At Art Walk

Nature Consortium is now accepting applications for the 2013 West Seattle Art Walk. Closing date for applications is Dec 17, 2012. Applicants will be notified of approval by January 3, 2013 at the latest. Details We are looking for artists that are local to Western Washington and interested in promoting their own show.  Nature Consortium does not take a percentage of sales but asks that you promote/invite your own community to come and learn about Nature Consortium. Artists handle all of their own contacts and sales. In the past having two or even three artists show together has been successful….

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3 Tips to Help Native Plants Thrive In Your Garden

It’s planting season again, and it’s great time to start adding native plants to your garden. Plants that are native to Western Washington will survive best in our climate without watering, pesticides, or fertilizers. Plus they make the best habitat and food for our native wildlife. Here’s a list of some of our favorite native plants for gardening, plus a few tips for success. A Few Of Our Favorites Western red cedar – These trees stay green all year round and repel most pests. Salmonberry – A good substitute for invasive blackberry patches, salmonberries taste similar to blackberries and ripen…

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Art Monsters Take Over Youngstown

We invited our neighbors at ArtsCorps and The Service Board for a full-on Halloween potluck. Here’s what happened. There were witches, classy crows, crazy goats, and some things we just can’t put into words.      

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Toddler Tree Planting Dates Announced

It’s that time again! We had so much fun planting trees with toddlers last year that we’re announcing three new dates for this season. Bring your little ones out to the woods for an outdoor adventure with Nature Consortium. In addition to tree planting, we’ll also go on a nature hike and explore local plants. Register today by emailing us at volunteer@naturec.org. Families and preschool classes welcome. Toddler Tree Planting Nov. 16, 10-11:30AM FULL! Dec. 7, 10-11:30AM FULL! Feb. 15, 10-11:30AM FULL! Thank you to everyone who already signed up! Check out our photos and stories from last year‘s toddler tree…

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Max Baker’s New Adventure

Max Baker, an Americorps volunteer, is Nature Consortium’s new Restoration Technician. Every year, we choose an Americorps volunteer to serve with us on our Restoration Team to get hands-on training in restoration and leadership. I first fell in love with Seattle when I was 11 years old on vacation with my family at the Space Needle. My friend and I stuck butter balls to the window as we spun around the perimeter of the restaurant. I have since matured (somewhat) and find myself back in Seattle with the great opportunity to volunteer as an Americorps with Nature Consortium. I am…

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Paved Paradise: The Case for Community Space

All around Seattle, iconic community spaces are closing their doors to be torn down and replaced by condos. Bauhaus Books & Coffee, Faire Gallery Cafe, and The Funhouse are just a few places that have been on the chopping block recently. These are spaces that have been at the center of their respective cultures. For the Funhouse, a small bar/concert venue near Seattle Center, it’s the underground music scene. The venue has been “a vital creative zone” for musicians and music-lovers to connect and breed new ideas for Seattle’s music. At the end of this month, the Funhouse will be closing…

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Meet Our New Board Members

Our newest board members are fresh from the Seattle Works Bridge, a program that trains individuals on the nuts and bolts of nonprofit boards and gives them the tools to lead. 2012 Bridge program graduates Kira Cha, Emily Knudsen, Chelsey Meek-Beck, and Jennifer Mortensen (read their bios) share how what they learned from Seattle Works helped them become NatureC board members. What was it about Nature Consortium that drew you to them? Chelsey: I was drawn to Nature Consortium because of their mission statement: connecting people, arts, and nature. This organization is unique because each of their initiatives connects the three…

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NatureC Staff Answer: Where Were You at 15?

Today marks the first day of our 15th year anniversary! It’s a big milestone, and we’re looking forward to a great year full of growth, reflecting on what it means to be 15 in nonprofit years and in human years. To celebrate our year, the staff dug out some old high school photos to answer the question: What were you like at 15?   Lili  Allala, Restoration  Director I was in an all-female show choir all 4 years of high school; we were called the Leading Ladies! I wore sparkly dresses, intense stage make-up, and sang my heart out while…

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VIDEO: Growing Together

These adorable kids are learning to plant, nurture, and grow organic food with the help of the teachers at Nature Consortium. We started the Yesler Garden back in 2005, and since then it’s grown to be a favorite among the kids at Yesler Community Center. This summer, NatureC intern Rae Moore worked to connect rural Washington farmers with our program here in the city. Check out this great video below and tell us what you think!   Trouble with the sound? Try headphones or speakers.

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