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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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Creating change across the world

Last week we had the honor of meeting a few upcoming leaders from South Africa, including the leaders of three youth-serving nonprofits and a member of the South African parliament. Our visitors came to the U.S. as part of the World Affairs Council‘s International Visitor Leadership Program to learn about youth empowerment and development. On their tour around the country, they stopped in Seattle to learn about Nature Consortium’s programs and share ideas. As we went around the room sharing our experiences, it was clear we had a lot in common. In two short hours, the conversation covered a wide…

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1 + 1 + 1 = Impact: How small gestures make a big difference

“I’m only one person. How can I make a difference?” When faced with a big problem, it can be hard to see how small gestures could change the world. One light bulb, one art class, or one tree planted might not be enough to stop global warming or transform a community, but what about one thousand? Or a million? When you add up the small efforts of billions of people around the world it can add up to a big impact. (Here are a few photos of Earth Day 2012 from around the world.) To show off this idea, we…

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Training the next generation of forest stewards

With the forest only a few hundred yards away, students at South Seattle Community College don’t have to go far to get in touch with nature. This makes the college a perfect place to learn about forest restoration. Through Nature Consortium’s partnership with SSCC and Seattle Parks, the West Duwamish Greenbelt is being used as a living lab for the Horticulture Department’s Restoration Ecology class. This class was offered for the first time by instructor Van Bobbitt this past winter quarter and proved to be an immense success in teaching best management practices in Pacific Northwest ecology, connecting students to…

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Celebrate the spirit of service during AmeriCorps Week

This week at Nature Consortium, we’re one of thousands of organizations around the nation celebrating Americorps Week. Every year, we choose one Americorps volunteer to work on our Forest Restoration Team and give them on-the-job training in plant ecology, restoration techniques, leadership, and volunteer management. Our Americorps volunteers lead work parties, teach environmental workshops, and represent Nature Consortium out in the community. During Americorps Week, we celebrate volunteers past and present for their hard work and reflect on the impact they’ve made here at NatureC and all over the nation. When you volunteer, not only do you help a great…

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