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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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8 Fun Activities for Fall in Seattle

As summer winds down in Seattle, we’re getting ready for fall. Here’s a list of fun fall activities to do around Seattle. Visit a Local Park Changing leaves will soon light up the city with a pop of color. Parks like Green Lake, Lincoln Park, and the Arboretum are great places to enjoy the fall colors here in the city. And if you’re up for a hike, the Washington Trails Association has a list of the best fall hikes in the mountains. Pick Apples There are lots of apple and other fruit trees around Seattle. This map made by CityFruit show…

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Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow

This week I got the chance to visit the greenbelt and hang out with the teens in our summer Restoration BootCamp. We offered BootCamp this year in partnership with Camp Long and Cleveland High School’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program, which offers classes that help students prepare for the high-tech careers that will help shape our future. Students spent the week in the greenbelt our Restoration Team getting hands-on training in forest restoration and monitoring techniques that pros use every day. On the day I visited, the team was deep in the woods examining plants in their plot of land. I…

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Clips of Faith: Photo Recap

We had a blast at Clips of Faith last weekend. Thanks so much to everyone who came and helped make the event possible. We raised about $8,000! Here’s a recap through photos: Instagram Photo Contest This was our first time doing a photo contest, and we can tell you guys had a lot of fun. The photos were so great, we had to choose two winners. Each winner got a NatureC shirt and ten raffle tickets for the Fat Tire Ale bike.   Bikes, Bikes, and More Bikes We’re really impressed with how many people biked to the event. The bike…

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My Summer as a NatureC Intern

Guest post: Diana, 16, has been spending her summer interning with our youth art program at Rainier Vista through the Teens in Public Service (TIPS) program. Every summer, TIPS offers teens paid internships with nonprofits across Puget Sound. When working with children, it’s all about the little things. Comforting a child, keeping an eye out for them, or finding a way to give them the miniscule boost of confidence needed to be passionate about art without embarrassment, to be more patient, to put their hardships aside, to feel important and therefore become important: to allow them to succeed. When you’re…

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A Farewell Message from Philip: My Year with AmeriCorps at Nature Consortium

It hardly seems like 10 months ago when I first entered the Nature Consortium office as new AmeriCorps volunteer. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of excitement, learning and connecting people, arts and nature. I came to Nature Consortium with a desire to become engaged with environmental service along the Duwamish River. My experiences over the past 10 months have deepened my passion for sustainable engagement with environment, art and community. The organization has allowed me to grow as individual and a professional; it’s given me a new pride in myself and inspired me to dedicate my life to the…

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Youth Art News: Juneteenth & more

June marks the beginning of summer programming in the Youth Art Program. Starting June 25th, we’ll be expanding our programming to offer art classes at three different locations in the Rainier Vista area: the Boys & Girls Club, Neighborhood House, and Genesee House. Come join us for Hip-Hop Dance, Jewelry-Making, Recycled Design, and more! Meanwhile at Yesler Community Center, we are gearing up for the annual Juneteenth community celebration. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a national holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the US. In the spirit of celebrating community, freedom, and equal…

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