Each year, we offer a series of trainings for Forest Stewards and frequent volunteers. Join us to learn more about restoration best management practices, community engagement, and urban forest ecology.
Birding in Seward Park | Saturday, Oct 6th| 10am-noon | Seward Park
Join Seward Park Audubon Center’s Lead Naturalist to learn about the birds that inhabit Seward Park and the general Seattle region. Naturalist Ed Dominguez will take you for a casual birding experience aimed at beginning and intermediate birders.
Forest and Bog Field Trip in Snohomish County| Friday, October 12th | 1pm-5pm | Natural Areas near Woodinville and Bothell
Join Watershed Steward, Scott Moore from Snohomish County Public Works, as we travel to southern Snohomish County to explore two natural areas with different restoration stories. We’ll explore Hooven Bog in Woodinville and Clearwater Reach in Bothell that both tell a unique story. We’ll learn from Scott about restoration best practices such as riparian planting, large woody debris installation, and invasive plant control in these unique landscapes.
Owl Prowl| Friday, Oct 12th| 7pm-9pm | Seward Park
Join us as we search for our resident owls. Your prowl will begins with learning about these amazing nocturnal predators, their habitats, behaviors and language including a dissection of owl pellets to find the bones and skull from their prey. We continue with a night hike deep into the old growth forest where we will call out to find these skillful birds. For ages 10 and up (must have ability to stand still and be super quiet!) and anyone able to hike 2 miles.
Bird Focus: Corvids| Sunday, Oct 13th| 8am-10am | Seward Park
Our earliest human ancestors shared their lives with crows, ravens, jays and magpies otherwise known as Corvids. These birds have intrigued people around the world for thousands of years. From the Scandinavians to the Hyda and even famous poets like Edgar Allen Poe, Corvids have inspired people with their intelligence and beauty. Come along on a walk through Seward Park with naturalist Ed Dominguez as he talks about some of the world’s most intelligent and interesting birds: Corvids!
Native Plant Walk| Saturday Oct 20th| 2pm-4pm | Seward Park
Join Seward Park Audubon’s Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez as we take a walking tour of Seward Park learning about our native…and non-native plants. Late October shows off the area’s fall colors at their finest! We will cover appx. 2 miles in our walk.
Seattle’s Indigenous Cultural History Discussion | Monday, October 29th | 4pm-6pm| 2100 Building (Rainier Valley neighborhood) Community Room B
Join us to dig deeper into the long history of the land we are stewarding. We’ll hear from indigenous tribal leader Ellany Kayce who will share about the indigenous relationships with specific Seattle Parks and engage in a follow-up conversation on how to be an ally with indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
Inclusive Volunteer Engagement Roundtable | Tuesday, November 13th | 4pm-6pm | Meadowbrook Community Center Room 1
How do we make sure urban natural areas are places where all people are welcome and served by our work? Join Deabra Gray, an environmental educator and facilitator, to discuss the barriers and opportunities to volunteer engagement and strategies to equitably promote and encourage volunteering in Seattle’s parks and communities.
Winter Twig ID | Friday, Nov 30th | 10am-noon | Pigeon Point Park
Join Nature Consortium to brush up on winter plant ID skills. We will mainly cover plants that are found and installed in restoration sites around West Seattle. The training will take place along the trails of Pigeon Point. We will also provide lunch, so come and join us for a fun morning learning about plants!
Climate Change: Long-term Forest Health and Restoration Planning | Tuesday, December 11th| 6pm-8pm | Jefferson Horticultural Center
It’s time to develop a long-term restoration mindset! Join Paul Fischer from Stewardship Forestry and Science to understand long-term forest management strategies, including information on anticipated future forest conditions, how Seattle Parks and Recreation is thinking about change strategically, as well as information on plant selection for climate change.
Related Learning Opportunities:
The Washington Native Plant Society Central Puget Sound Chapter invites Forest Stewards and volunteers to attend their monthly programing. These events are free and open to the public. There is free plant ID help before all of the Seattle programs. Find out about upcoming programs: https://www.wnps.org/cps_programs.html
Past trainings with links
Winter Twig ID | Wednesday, January 24th
Native Plant Walk | Saturday, February 24th
Introduction to Wetlands | Friday, March 16th
Common Tree Health Issues | Tuesday, April 10th
Tracking Pollution Using Moss | Thursday, April 12th
Bird Habitat Consultation | Wednesday, April 25th | Harrison Ridge Greenbelt
Bird Habitat Consultation | Wednesday, May 9th | Fairmount Playground Park
Plant ID Training | Friday, May 11th
Morning Treats and Tweets | Saturday, May 12th
Bird Focus: Spring Migration| Saturday, May 19th
Bird Focus: Birding by ear | Saturday, June 2nd
Bird Habitat Consultation | Wednesday, June 13th |Thorndyke Park
Bird Habitat Consultation | Wednesday, July 11th | Jackson Park
Plant ID Training | Friday, July 13th | Pigeon Point
Forest Steward Meetup |Thurs, July 19 | Woodland Park Zoo
Drought Tolerance Workshop |Tuesday, July 31|Northacres Park
Bird Habitat Consultation | Wed, August 8th | Lewis Park
Pollinator Habitat Restoration | Sat, Aug 11| Gasworks Park
Invasive Plant ID and Removal BMPs | Sat, Aug 25 | Me-Kwa-Mooks Park
Pruning and Stewardship Approaches for Safe Natural Areas | Thur, Sept 6th | RBUFW
Wetlands 101 | Wednesday, Sept 19th | Longfellow Creek
If you have suggestions for trainings that you would be interested in, or think would be helpful for others, please email Andrea.
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