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Hometown heroes – Why I donate to Nature Consortium

Rebecca Saldana grew up near the West Duwamish Greenbelt and spent many childhood summers playing in the woods. “One day the city came and cut everything back,” she said in a recent interview. “I don’t know what their plan was, but the sticker bushes and everything that was invasive took over, and we were no longer able to access that space.” Decades later, Nature Consortium and their volunteers work hard to remove invasive plants from the greenbelt and install native trees and shrubs. “Having a group like Nature Consortium working on the greenbelt, which is connected to the play area…

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NatureC founder tells how it all started

“It all started with a shirt.” In an exclusive interview with our friends at earthbongo, former NatureC director Nancy Whitlock tells how she got the idea to bring her community together around arts and nature. How was Nature Consortium born? “It all started with a shirt.  When my son Ian was born in 1996 I decided to quit working and stay home.  We didn’t have any family in the area and were the first amongst our group of friends to make the leap towards having kids.  We had been doing a lot of mountain biking and rock climbing with friends, which…

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Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy: A personal story

Guest post by Philip Pantaleo, Nature Consortium’s 2011-2012 Americorps volunteer As a community member of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhood, South Park, I am confronted with the realities of environmental injustice every day.  Living a block from the Duwamish river and the superfund site along the river’s banks, I see the impact on my community from not having safe and equal access to the local environment.  The soil in South Park was so contaminated with pollutants introduced by local industry that it was not safe to grow food in our front yards. Our water is so dirty and unsafe that we…

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2011: A look back, a leap ahead

Now that the year is coming to an end, we’d like to take the time to share a few highlights. 2011 was a year of exciting changes and success at Nature Consortium. Through our Youth Art Program, we’ve engaged 2,295 youth through 1,346 after school and summer art classes across 15 different sites. We covered a wide range of art forms including street art, green cuisine, guitar lessons, fashion design, hiphop dance, organic gardening, mosaics, and more. The restoration team hosted 150 work parties with 3,107 hard-working volunteers.  The 2011 Arts in Nature Festival was our biggest one yet! We hosted…

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Toddler Tree Planting

When the Restoration Team first discussed the idea of inviting preschool classrooms out to the greenbelt, we weren’t sure what kind of response that we would get.  Soon after our invitation went out to local pre-schools, phone calls and e-mails started pouring in from teachers who loved the idea of a planting event. To prep the land for planting, we enlisted the help of our fabulous regular volunteers. We cleared over 10,000 square feet of Himalayan blackberry to create room to plant fresh Douglas firs and snowberries. After a few more preparations, we were ready for the toddlers that braved…

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Giving thanks to our community

As Thanksgiving nears, we’d like to take time to think about everything we have to be thankful for. It’s been a great year here at Nature Consortium, full of new faces, new opportunities, and new ideas. We are thankful to have such a great community of support every step of the way.  Most of all, we’re thankful for YOU, our supporters, volunteers, donors, staff, neighbors, and friends who inspire us every day. You believe in our mission and share our passion for creating community through art and nature. Together, we can fulfill our vision of creating a more artful and sustainable…

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A New Face at Rainier Vista

I’m Grace Scarella, the new Site Coordinator at Rainier Vista.  Two busy months have passed since I started working for Nature Consortium, and fall quarter classes are in full swing.  The quick pace and vibrancy of my job is what originally drew me to working with kids.  Over seven years ago, I began volunteering in a parochial music education program in the Hmong community in the Central District.  Working with youth from different Laotian tribes showed me how important it is for youth to embrace their family and ethnic cultures; as a Filipino-American who has been raised to embrace my…

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Brews for a cause at Beveridge Place Pub

Of course, all of us at NatureC love to have a good time. We’re big fans of local businesses, bars, and brews. Our friends at 12th & Olive Wine Company have catered our Wine in the Woods fundraiser two years in a row, and this past summer marked our first sponsored event by New Belgium Brewing. Now we’re proud to announce our latest partnership with Beveridge Place Pub right here in West Seattle! Starting Wednesday, November 9th, Beveridge Place Pub will donate 50 cents to Nature Consortium for every pint of Whale Tail Ale sold for the next three months! We’re so…

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Duwamish Alive: the restoration doesn’t stop here

First off, we’d like to give a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers that came out with us for Duwamish Alive last Saturday. The work you’ve done is important, and together we have made a huge impact on the Duwamish watershed.  Saving our watershed Decades of industrial pollution, urban runoff, and sewage overflow have made the Duwamish River one of the most polluted rivers in the country. As citizens of the river’s watershed, we’ve banded together as a community to do our part to make the river clean again. Last Saturday, hundreds of volunteers gathered at 14 different sites throughout the…

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How will you Do Good?

Picture this: 25 eager volunteers, total strangers, get on a charter bus driven by another total stranger. They blast music, play games, and get to know each other on the bus, all the while having no idea where the bus is taking them. They’ve all signed up to volunteer for a local service project, but their destination is a secret until they arrive. After a half hour bus ride, these 25 volunteers pulled up at Pigeon Point Park yesterday where Lizzie, Amy P., Philip and I were eagerly awaiting their arrival. As they got off the bus, we explained that…

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