Are you curious about the natural world? Want to connect with others to care for a park near you? The Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Green Seattle Partnership are recruiting now for the Master Native Plant Steward Program!
No previous experience is necessary. The comprehensive 100-hour training will include information on:
- Forest restoration techniques
- Engaging park neighbors, recruiting volunteers, and working with youth
- Western Washington native and invasive plant identification
- Puget Sound ecology
- Site design and planning
- Project leadership and management
Once training is complete, steward teams will work together at a Seattle Park to carry out a restoration project and with WNPS (at least 100 hours over 18 months). These teams will contribute to the Green Seattle Partnership’s goal of restoring 2,500 acres of forested parklands. All tools and materials will be provided with experts available to support each team.
Stewards must commit to the full training program and team involvement, including the dates below:
9am to 4pm on Fridays from March 2, 2018 to May 18, 2018 (at Seward Park or Camp Long), and two Saturdays, March 24 and April 21st (field trips to local parks).
Learn more and download the application HERE. Applications are due February 18, 2018, sent to CPSStewardshipProgram@gmail.com. For telephone inquiries, contact the Stewardship Coordinator (Joy Wood) at (206) 963-5704. Seattle community members have priority, however all applications are welcome. To learn more about the Green Seattle Partnership, check out www.greenseattle.org.
Green Cities Project Coordinator, Forterra
Nicole comes to us from the Northeast, where she graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She made the jump to Seattle to serve as a 2014 AmeriCorps member with EarthCorps. After a year of grubbing immense amounts of blackberry, spraying knotweed along the Cedar River, maintaining trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and planting plenty of native species, she realized that her true passions lie in habitat conservation and restoration. This newfound passion led her Forterra, where she helps with Green Seattle community engagement. If she’s not out frolicking through alpine meadows in her free time, you can find her in Washington Park Arboretum where she likes to create botanical-artwork from fallen flowers and foliage.