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.
Owl Prowl | Friday, March 24 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm @ Seward Park Audubon Center
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. For ages 10 and up. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10973
New Forest Steward Skills-Building Session | April 1st
THIS EVENT IS FULL. Day 2 of 2 orientation and training for new(er) Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards. We will head outside to a nearby park to learn about and practice best management practices for weed removal, volunteer management and more!
Bird Habitat Consultation| Thursday, April 20th| 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm pm @ John C Little Park
Ed Dominguez from Seward Park Audubon will lead a Bird Habitat Consultation to discuss the areas where restoration efforts are taking place within John C Little Park. This is a great opportunity to experience another Forest Steward’s restoration project. Come prepared with your own questions for Ed. Register for this event by visiting: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11088/
Bird Focus: Spring Migration Part 1 | Saturday, April 22 | 8:00 am-10:00 am @ Seward Park Audubon Center
This month’s birding focus is part one of a two-part series on migratory birds. These incredible winged wonders travel thousands of miles from breeding grounds in North America to wintering grounds in Mexico, Central and South America or the Caribbean islands and back. Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez will take you out into the forest to find these tropical darlings and observe their feeding frenzies and nesting behavior. For ages 10 and up. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11143/
Plant Selection and Site Planning| Thursday, April 27 | 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm @ Jefferson Horticulture Facility
This Seattle Parks’ Ecologist-led workshop provides an overview of GSP target ecosystems, plant selection resources and best practices for site planning. Stewards are invited to ask questions about the process of project planning, the 2017 Parks’ plant order list, and site-specific questions. This is an indoor, classroom setting. Attendees should bring a sketched map of their site indicating sq. foot area, species present, and site-specific questions. A “homework” task describing this will be sent April 10th. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11094
Bird Habitat Consultation| Wednesday, May 10th| 4 pm – 6 pm @ North Beach Park
Ed Dominguez from Seward Park Audubon will lead a Bird Habitat Consultation to discuss the areas where restoration efforts are taking place within North Beach Park. This is a great opportunity to experience another Forest Steward’s restoration project. Come prepared with your own questions for Ed. Register for this event by visiting: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11127/
Morning Treats & Tweets | Saturday, May 13th | 10:00 am-12:00 pm @ Seward Park Audubon Center
Are you interested in learning about birding? Do you like tasty morning treats? Then this is the program for you! Join Naturalist Ed Dominguez for a casual birding experience aimed at beginning and intermediate birders. We will start off by filling our mugs with hot tea or coffee and eating a doughnut. Then, we will venture into the park to learn about the birds that call this area home. For ages 10 and up. Register for this event by visiting: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11146/
Bird Habitat Consultation| Wednesday, May 31st| 3 pm – 5 pm @ Northacres Park
Ed Dominguez from Seward Park Audubon will lead a Bird Habitat Consultation to discuss the areas where restoration efforts are taking place within Northacres Park. This is a great opportunity to experience another Forest Steward’s restoration project. Come prepared with your own questions for Ed. Register for this event by visiting: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11134/
Trails Maintenance Training with Seattle Parks Trails Program | May | Location TBD
Invitations to the trails maintenance training will be extended to forest stewards who have official trails in their park.
Soil Enrichment: Hügelkultur Work Party | Saturday, May 13th | 12pm – 4pm @ Camp Long
Hügelkultur is a raised-bed garden permaculture technique using wood and other organic material to build a planting mound. It is useful for slope stabilization and soil enrichment. Join other stewards in discussing and creating this experimental technique of urban forest soil enrichment. Camp Long Steward Jarret Griesemer will lead us in this classroom and hands-on training. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11095
Plant Identification | June | South Seattle location
This field-based workshop will include instruction in the basic principles, terms and language for understanding plant botany and hands-on practice of field characteristics and identification of dominant native species.
Native/Invasive Plant Identification & Management | July
This training builds on the June Plant Id training. It includes additional native species identification practice and species that threaten to disturb the health of Seattle’s forests. Field discussion includes common effective and environmentally sensitive approaches at invasive management that relies on a combination of practices, such as manual removal, planting, mulching and City use of pesticides.
Forest Steward Field Trip | August
Get ready for the Annual Forest Steward Field Trip! We’ll visit a forested area outside of Seattle to compare and contrast sites, practice plant ID, and develop your peer network. A lunch social is included.
Pollinator Habitat and Restoration | September @ Burke Gilman Trail Pollinator Pathway
This field workshop combines EarthCorps, WNPS and other partner expertise in a tour of a new pollinator pathway restoration site. Discussion and resources will cover appropriate native species and practices for a healthy pollinator habitat.
Outreach and Engagement | October
Share a meal and drinks with other Forest Stewards over an outreach and engagement discussion. We’ll share general community outreach knowledge with an emphasis 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.
Wetland Best Management Practices | November
Seattle Parks’ Ecologists will share updated GSP wetland BMP guidelines.
Winter Twig ID | December | South Seattle location
This field-based workshop includes practice and instruction on the main diagnostic concepts, procedures, tools and resources used in plant identification based on woody twig characteristics. We’ll identify main growth habits of woody plants (trees, shrubs and vines) and practice observation and note-taking skills.
Stay tuned for other 2017 Forest Steward training opportunities, sessions to include:
Bird Habitat Consultations with Seward Audubon
Past trainings with links
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 | March 2017
If you have suggestions for trainings that you would be interested in, or think would be helpful for others, please email Andrea.