Activity Information


Seattles Wildside: Get to know nature in the city

08/08/13 (Thu) - 08/20/13 (Tue)

Seattle Stewardship

Lisa Miller

6:00 PM

Program Center

The greater Seattle area is full of outdoor recreational opportunities. Whether you live in the middle of the city or on the outskirts of town. If you already have a favorite nature spot or are new to the area, join this small group as we explore a variety of ways to experience nature in the heart of the city.

Over the course of the three-part series we will cover a few common, user friendly topics to encourage you to enjoy nature on a daily basis.

Each session will consist of lecture, discussion, references and take-home items to get you started.

Session 1: Thursday August 8, 6-8pm A brief history of Seattle; including general geology, natural resources and settlement of the area. Discover the vast number and variety of public spaces for walking, hiking, and biking trails in just a 10 mile radius from the Program Center located at Magnuson Park. When you leave this first class you will have a few new tools to help you observe and explore a new type of wilderness without the hassles of travelling far from home.

Session 2: Thursday August 15, 6-8pm Creating a backyard habitat is possible whether you have a large yard, patio or a small balcony by attracting birds and pollinating insects you can bring nature closer to home. Then in your new notebook you can record observations of the changing flora and fauna as you transform a wildlife habitat. Starting a rain garden or installing a rain barrel to improve water quality or to minimize your consumption of water can also be adapted to your available space. We will cover a few of the things to get started. Small and large spaces can be used to improve water quality in areas where water drains directly to lakes and streams, such as Seattle. Find out if your neighborhood is eligible to work in a cluster to make a bigger impact.

Session 3: Tuesday August 20, 6-8pm In this last session we will look at some basic functions and services of urban watersheds such as Thornton creek. Along with finding places to see the watershed in action you can help spread the message by adopting a drain and being a steward in your community.

This is no longer open for registration

19 spaces open

Registration closed on Wed, Aug 7 at 5:00 PM