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.
Bird Habitat Consultation| Tuesday, July 9th 4:00 – 6:00 PM | Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands
We will tour the restoration areas of Rainier Beach Urban Farm with an eye to safely reforesting during bird nesting season. Nest locations, times of the year, and safe practices will be discussed with the local Urban Farm and Wetland as the model.
Tree Health Trends| Monday, August 5th 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Camp Long
Trees are essential to the long-term health of our natural areas and critical to the success of our restoration work. In recent years, mortality rates have increased in some species of trees like the Western Redcedar. Join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Arborist, Christopher Rippey, and Tree Solutions Arborist/Woodland Park Forest Steward, Katherine Taylor, to learn what makes forests healthy or unhealthy and how to recognize when there’s a problem with tree health at your restoration site.
Forestry Fun: Tips and Tricks for Working with Youth| Wednesday, August 21st 6:00 – 8:00 PM | EarthCorps Office (Magnuson Park)
Come learn how to add some fun and games to your restoration events, all while teaching youth the importance of healthy forests! At this workshop, Mariska Kecskes, a Senior Project Manager from EarthCorps, will teach us restoration games and activities for different age groups, best practices when organizing a youth-focused restoration event, and how to create better connections with each age group.
Restoration Pruning for Healthy Future Forests| Saturday, September 14th 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland
Growing a healthy urban forest requires a keen eye for the health and development of it’s vegetation. At this workshop, Horticulturist Christina Pfeiffer will teach about the timing and best practices of pruning and vegetation thinning techniques that supports forest health and safe trail corridors in all four phases of restoration. Participants will have the opportunity for hands practice at nearby Pritchard Natural Area..
Related Learning Opportunities:
Thanks to Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seward Park Audubon, GSP Forest Steward can attend the following events FREE of charge:
The Washington Native Plant Society Central Puget Sound Chapter invites Forest Stewards and volunteers to attend their monthly programming. 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-events/calendar
Past trainings with links
Pacific Madrone Decline and Recovery| Saturday, February 16th
Bird Habitat Consultation| Tuesday, April 9th | Cheasty Greenspace
Prepare for Plant Orders | Thursday, April 25th | Jefferson Park
Bird Habitat Consultation| Tuesday, May 7th | Green Lake
Beavers, Bumble Bees, Foxes – Oh, My! Wildlife Stewardship in Seattle| Tuesday, June 18th
Bird Habitat Consultation| Tuesday, June 25th | Discovery Park
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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