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.
Post Thanksgiving Day Nature Walk | Sat Nov 24| 11am & 1pm Seward Park
Walk off that big Thanksgiving feast with a walk through Seward Park and one of the last remaining stands of old growth forest in our city. We will cover the natural history, human history, plants, birds, and mammals on this comprehensive tour. Join a guided walk at 11am or 1pm.
RSVP for 11am walk: https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/14848/
RSVP for 1pm walk: https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/14849/
Winter Twig ID | Fri, 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!
Live Stake Harvest | Sat, Dec 1st | 9am-noon | Magnuson Park
Join EarthCorps, the Green Seattle Partnership and the Washington Native Plant Society to harvest live stakes for your GSP restoration site! Available species: Cornus sericea (dogwood), Lonicera involucrata (twinberry), Physocarpus capitatus (ninebark) (limited quantities). This event is intended for GSP Forest Stewards to harvest stakes for their GSP restoration sites. EarthCorps will provide a brief instruction on harvesting and planting live stakes and then set you to work!
Morning Tweets and Treats| Sat Dec 1st| 10am-12pm | Seward Park
Come and enjoy coffee, donuts, and learn about some of the local birds that live in or visit Seward Park.
Bird Focus: Winter Backyard Birds| Sat Dec 8th| 10am-12pm | Seward Park
Join Seward Park Audubon naturalists to learn about winter backyard birds and how to support birds during this cold time of year.
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 | Wed Sept 19th | Longfellow Creek
Birding in Seward Park | Saturday, Oct 6th | Seward Park
Forest and Bog Field Trip in Snohomish County| Fri Oct 12th
Owl Prowl| Fri Oct 12th | Seward Park
Bird Focus: Corvids| Sun Oct 13th| Seward Park
Native Plant Walk| Sat Oct 20th
Seattle’s Indigenous Cultural History Discussion | Tues Oct 30th
Forest Steward Meetup| Sat Nov 10th| Martha Washington Park
Bird Focus: Woodpeckers| Sat Nov 10th| Seward Park
Inclusive Volunteer Engagement| Tues Nov 13th | Meadowbrook
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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