Upcoming Training Opportunities

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.


Upcoming Trainings

Native/Invasive Plant Identification & Management | Friday, July 28th | 3pm-6pm @ Westcrest Park 

This field training will be a walk through in Westcrest Park, West Seattle with steward and contractor Steve Richmond of GardenCycles. Activities and discussion will include invasive plant identification practice, life cycle considerations, monitoring techniques, preventative maintenance, and treatments. We will focus on contractors’ and stewards’ role within Seattle Parks’ “Integrated Pest Management”. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11449/

Forest Steward Field Trip | August 19th @ Vashon Island!

Join the 2nd annual Steward Field Trip to Vashon Island! We will meet at Jefferson Park in Seattle, carpool to Vashon, and spend the day touring, socializing and picnicking. David Warren of Vashon Forest Stewards: click here will guide us through restoration sites at Agren Park and a private property. These sites are quite different in history and management compared to Seattle forests; it will be a worthwhile opportunity to compare and learn! We’ll wrap up the day with an outdoor picnic and ferry ride back to Seattle. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11606/

Outreach and Engagement | Saturday, October 14 | 11am-2pm @ Pritchard Beach

Share brunch with other Forest Stewards over an outreach and engagement discussion. We’ll share general community outreach knowledge and additional information on how to engage and recruit high school and college groups for community restoration events. Safety, age-appropriate tasks, and education resources will be discussed. This event is for Forest Stewards and Dedicated Volunteers only. Pritchard Beach has a beautiful view of Lake Washington, don’t miss it! Register for thi s event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11760

Native Seed Collection and Propagation | Saturday, October 28 | 10am-1pm @ Magnuson Park

Collecting and propagating your own native seeds is easier than it may seem. For Forest Stewards, this practice increases your knowledge about specific species, and is a low cost way to access plants outside of the Seattle Parks order list. This three hour workshop includes a two-hour indoor discussion led by several Stewards, and one hour outside at the Magnuson Park nursery. Attendees are required to investigate and bring questions about at least one species they want to grow. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11759

Wetland Best Management Practices | Saturday, November 19 | 10am-2pm @ Discovery Park

Many Forest Stewards have wet areas in their restoration sites. What are different types of wetlands? How do we minimize disturbance? What best practices should we follow? Seattle Parks’ Ecologists and Natural Systems Design will answer these questions and share updated GSP wetland guidelines. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11762

Winter Twig ID | Saturday, December 2 | 12pm-3pm @ Carkeek Park 

As a steward, identifying and understanding the growth habits of woody plants (trees, shrubs and vines) is tremendously valuable during our winter planting season. Join UW Herbarium’s Dr. David Giblin in a walk and talk tour to learn winter growth habits and the main diagnostic concepts, procedures, tools and resources used in woody twig plant identification. This event is for Forest Stewards and Dedicated Volunteers only. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11761

Past trainings with links


Plant Identification | Saturday, June 10th

Morning Treats & Tweets | May 13th 

Soil Enrichment: Hügelkultur Work Party | May 13th 

Plant Selection and Site Planning| April 27 

New Forest Steward Skills-Building Session | April 1st 

Owl Prowl | Friday, March 24

Trails Maintenance Training with Seattle Parks Trails Program | May 6

Bird Focus: Creepers and Nuthatches @ Seward Park Audubon Center  | March 18

Plant ID Basics Training with Nature Consortium @ Pigeon Point | March 11

Live Staking and Thinning with WNPS @ Magnuson Native Plant Nursery | March 10

New GSP Forest Steward Orientation + King County Noxious Weeds Presentation 

Intermediate Plant ID

Invasive Plant ID and Management

Outreach and Engagement Steward Training

Plant ID & Field Sketching

Planting for Pollinators and Bird Watch

Site Planning: Earth Day Steward Meet Up

Sustaining Community Relationships and Engagement

Target Ecosystems, thresholds & plant selection

Target Forest Types – A Benchmark and Guide

Winter Twig Identification


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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