Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nature Jamboree/Harvest Festival highlights, plus 2 more upcoming events!

Our first annual Nature Explorers Jamboree and Harvest Celebration was a huge success!

What a glorious day we had at our celebration of another great year of Jr. Nature Explorers Camps, Family Nature Explorers Programs, and a bountiful harvest from the Magnuson P-Patch and Demonstration Orchard. There was tons of fun for over 600 people!


The garden tours led by Jr. Nature Explorers took parents and children all around the Children's Garden and up into the P-patch, where they picked 12 baskets of fresh vegetables for Lettuce Link to distribute to a local food bank. We also had a "Harvest Parade" through the Amphitheater and sang camp songs on stage with Caspar Babypants!
2 More Family Nature Explorer events left this year!


#1: This year's last "Family Wetland Walk".

Bring the whole family for an adventure in the new Magnuson Park Wetlands! Each tour has a different theme with fun, hands-on exploration activities. Binoculars and field guides will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Tour Leader: Nature Educator Emily Bishton, with special guest Wetlands Gardener Miriam Preus.
Cost:
FREE
Location: The NE 65th St entry to the Magnuson Wetlands, inside the parking lot just east of Sportsfield Drive. Meet in front of the tall mounds at the northeast corner of the parking lot.
Pre-registration requested, but walk-ins are welcome.
  • "Winter Arrivals" Nov 6th from 10:00-11:00am
  • 2011 tours will start up again next April!


#2: Family Nature Explorer "Bird-friendly Holiday"
Make a simple birdhouse and/or a bird-friendly wreath for your door, to create an oasis for songbirds in your own home garden! Take a tour of the Magnuson Community Center Bird-friendly Landscape to see all the plants and features that attract birds there too.

Date and time:Friday evening, December 10th from 5:00-8:30pm
Location: Magnuson Community Center
Fee: $12 per birdhouse or wreath, or $20 to make both!

For more information or to register for any Family Nature Explorers programs, contact the Community Center staff at 206-684-7026 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/magnuson/


Here are some of the highlights from this year's Family Nature Explorer programs:

Celebrate Urban Nature Festival on April 10th What an extravaganza! The Community Center was filled with educational booths, games, and family-oriented talks about all kinds of nature: Songbirds, reptiles, marine mammals, and live owls from Woodland Park Zoo. To top it off, Caspar Babypants performed his cool, and funny nature songs in the Auditorium!

Child-friendly Gardening Class on May 1st
Parents and children gathered in the Magnuson Children's Garden for a hand-on class about interesting plants that are easy and safe to grow, tips on making gardening fun for everyone in the family, and how to create fun features that attract butterflies and other beneficial insects!

Family Wetland Walks:
  • Wetland Wake-Up on April 10th We saw Mallards and other year-round resident "dabbling ducks", plus Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, and other winter resident ducks! New leaves, buds, and flowers were opening up all over the wetland plants, and the early bees were buzzing around for a snack!
  • Tadpoles and Nestlings on May 1st We saw Mallards with new ducklings, including one that looked very different from its Mom and Dad! The Swallows have just arrived from South America, Canada Geese were chasing each other, and Lupines were beginning to bloom. The marsh ponds were filled with Tree Frog egg masses, and all sorts of cool insects and their larvae!
  • Spring Migration on June 5th We learned about 5 plants that are the "friends" of the wetlands! We saw ducklings that have grown almost as big as their Mom and Dad, bees having lunch, Swallows swooping and scooping mud for their nests, insects that can swim underwater, and tadpoles growing big with a newly 'spouted' set of back legs!
  • The Growing Season on July 3rd We saw something very unexpected- more brand new tadpoles because the 'rice paddy ponds' were still very full from our super wet spring! Three kinds of Swallows were swooping the sky, Goldfinches and Sparrows were flitting in the tall grass, and we even saw a tiny tree frog peeking out from the bark of a nurse log!
  • Songs of Summer on August 7th We saw 3 Tree Frogs jump out from underneath the bark on our favorite nurse log, now called "the frog log"! We also saw several piles of scat that were full of blackberry seeds, and may have been left by a Coyote. Even though the marsh ponds are drying up from the summer sun, we saw lots of footprints in the mud, and Swallows swooping down to them. They got a drink and a snack of their favorite food: insects! We snacked too, just like the bees do: on nectar-filled Clover blossoms!
  • Fall Migration on September 4th The Swallows are all flying back to their winter homes in South America now, but the wetlands was still full of life! We saw a huge flock of Canada Geese, Goldfinches and Dragonflies darting in and out of the grass, ducklings that are now as big as their parents but still following them around, and a tree frog that still had a little bit of its tail left!
  • Autumn Beauty on October 2nd What a glorious day- before we even set foot in the Wetlands, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Acorn Woodpecker that has been collecting food from the Oak Trees in the parking lot! This is a rare sight for Seattle, and a big draw for Audubon members all over this area. The marsh ponds are beginning to fill up a bit with the recent rains, and we saw an Eared Grebe diving in the large one closest to the "leaky burrito" bridge, which was a surprise. Mallards, Gadwalls, and other dabbling ducks were having snacktime in the smaller ponds, and White-crowned Sparrows were having a feast on the ripe seeds of the wetland grasses. We heard a Northern Flicker calling from a tall tree in the distance, saw big blue Dragonflies hover above the water, and watched grasshoppers jump and flit from log to log at the edge of the Promontory Ponds. To top it all off, we had a nice visit with a beautiful, golden-brown Tree Frog!
Nighttime Nature Walks:

"Nocturnal Nightlife Walk" on Friday August 20th An expert from the Seattle Audubon Society (seattleaudubon.org) was the guest leader, and took families on an adventure through the Promontory Point forest and Flyway grasslands. They heard the evening songs of birds, saw lots of tall trees where Owls could perch, and several bats swooped past them on their way to the lake!

"New Moon Wetlands Bat Walk" on Friday September 3rd An expert from Bats Northwest (www.batsnorthwest.org) taught us all some very cool things about Seattle's bats, and bats all over the world. Then as the sky grew darker, we saw the ducks settling in for the night, huge dragonflies taking flight, and tree frogs jumping out of sight...then we got a triple-dip of delight! First, two different species of bats flew right over us as they swooped down into the wetlands to hunt insects- the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat - then to our surprise a Barn Owl flew in close to us, perched on a tall snag, and swooped back and forth over the tall grass hunting rodents!

"Wetlands Bird Walk" on Friday September 17th An expert from the Seattle Audubon Society was the guest leader, and took families on a walk down the marsh pond paths and outer trails. The wetlands was a lively place even though it was raining, with ducks of all kinds dabbling and diving for an evening meal. The Barn Owls were not out hunting because they rely so much on their incredible hearing ability to locate their prey, and the rain makes a lot of noise!

C&NN Magnuson Community Center is a proud participant in the annual National Environmental Education Week, and hosted several events for school-age children and their families at the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape and the Children's Garden during that week !

For more info on National Environmental Education Week, visit http://www.eeweek.org

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nature Explorers Events for Fall!

There is still plenty of exploring to do before the year is through, and we hope to see your smiling face at one of our upcoming events or programs!
FREE Nature Explorers Jamboree and Harvest Celebration
Saturday October 2nd

11:30am-2:00pm

Sponsored by Magnuson Community Center and the Magnuson Community Garden.

Join in a great big celebration of another great year of Jr. Nature Explorers Camps, Family Nature Explorers Programs, and a bountiful harvest from the Magnuson P-Patch and Demonstration Orchard! There will be tons of fun for the whole family:

  • Scavenger hunts in an orchard maze
  • A fruit-tasting tent
  • Fresh cider pressing
  • Scarecrow-making
  • Nature art and fort-making
  • Worm bin exploration
  • Garden tours led by Jr. Nature Explorers
  • "Harvest Parade"
  • Pumpkin Walk
  • and more.....
  • Plus a very special musical guest appearance by Caspar Babypants, who will lead all children and adults in a fun "nature song sing-along"!
FREE Magnuson Family Explorer "Wetland Walks"
Bring the whole family for an adventure in the new Magnuson Park Wetlands! Each tour has a different theme with fun, hands-on exploration activities. Binoculars and field guides will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Tour Leader: Nature Educator Emily Bishton, with special guest Wetlands Gardener Miriam Preus.

Location: The NE 65th St entry to the Magnuson Wetlands, inside the parking lot just east of Sportsfield Drive. Meet in front of the tall mounds at the northeast corner of the parking lot.
Pre-registration requested, but walk-ins are welcome.
  • Autumn Beauty Oct 2nd from 10:00-11:00am
  • Winter Arrivals Nov 6th from 10:00-11:00am


Family Nature Explorer "Bird-friendly Holiday":
Make a simple birdhouse and/or a bird-friendly wreath for your door, to create an oasis for songbirds in your own home garden! Take a tour of the Magnuson Community Center Bird-friendly Landscape to see all the plants and features that attract birds there too!

Date and time:Friday evening, December 10th from 5:00-8:30pm
Location: Magnuson Community Center
Fee: $12 per birdhouse or wreath, or $20 to make both!

For more information or to register for any Family Nature Explorers programs, contact the Community Center staff at 206-684-7026 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/magnuson/

Here are some of the highlights from this year's Family Nature Explorer programs:

Celebrate Urban Nature Festival on April 10th What an extravaganza! The Community Center was filled with educational booths, games, and family-oriented talks about all kinds of nature: Songbirds, reptiles, marine mammals, and live owls from Woodland Park Zoo. To top it off, Caspar Babypants performed his cool, and funny nature songs in the Auditorium!

Child-friendly Gardening Class on May 1st
Parents and children gathered in the Magnuson Children's Garden for a hand-on class about interesting plants that are easy and safe to grow, tips on making gardening fun for everyone in the family, and how to create fun features that attract butterflies and other beneficial insects!

Family Wetland Walks:
  • Wetland Wake-Up on April 10th We saw Mallards and other year-round resident "dabbling ducks", plus Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, and other winter resident ducks! New leaves, buds, and flowers were opening up all over the wetland plants, and the early bees were buzzing around for a snack!
  • Tadpoles and Nestlings on May 1st We saw Mallards with new ducklings, including one that looked very different from its Mom and Dad! The Swallows have just arrived from South America, Canada Geese were chasing each other, and Lupines were beginning to bloom. The marsh ponds were filled with Tree Frog egg masses, and all sorts of cool insects and their larvae!
  • Spring Migration June 5th We learned about 5 plants that are the "friends" of the wetlands! We saw ducklings that have grown almost as big as their Mom and Dad, bees having lunch, Swallows swooping and scooping mud for their nests, insects that can swim underwater, and tadpoles growing big with a newly 'spouted' set of back legs!
  • The Growing Season July 3rd We saw something very unexpected- more brand new tadpoles because the 'rice paddy ponds' were still very full from our super wet spring! Three kinds of Swallows were swooping the sky, Goldfinches and Sparrows were flitting in the tall grass, and we even saw a tiny tree frog peeking out from the bark of a nurse log!
  • Songs of Summer Aug. 7th We saw 3 Tree Frogs jump out from underneath the bark on our favorite nurse log, now called "the frog log"! We also saw several piles of scat that were full of blackberry seeds, and may have been left by a Coyote. Even though the marsh ponds are drying up from the summer sun, we saw lots of footprints in the mud, and Swallows swooping down to them. They got a drink and a snack of their favorite food: insects! We snacked too, just like the bees do: on nectar-filled Clover blossoms!
  • Fall Migration Sept 4th The Swallows are all flying back to their winter homes in South America now, but the wetlands was still full of life! We saw a huge flock of Canada Geese, Goldfinches and Dragonflies darting in and out of the grass, ducklings that are now as big as their parents but still following them around, and a tree frog that still had a little bit of its tail left!

"Nocturnal Nightlife Walk" on Friday August 20th An expert from the Seattle Audubon Society (seattleaudubon.org) was the guest leader, and took families on an adventure through the Promontory Point forest and Flyway grasslands. They heard the evening songs of birds, saw lots of tall trees where Owls could perch, and several bats swooped past them on their way to the lake!

"New Moon Wetlands Bat Walk" on Friday September 3rd An expert from Bats Northwest (www.batsnorthwest.org) taught us all some very cool things about Seattle's bats, and bats all over the world. Then as the sky grew darker, we saw the ducks settling in for the night, huge dragonflies taking flight, and tree frogs jumping out of sight...then we got a triple-dip of delight! First, two different species of bats flew right over us as they swooped down into the wetlands to hunt insects- the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat - then to our surprise a Barn Owl flew in close to us, perched on a tall snag, and swooped back and forth over the tall grass hunting rodents!

"Wetlands Bird Walk" on Friday September 17th An expert from the Seattle Audubon Society was the guest leader, and took families on a walk down the marsh pond paths and outer trails. The wetlands was a lively place even though it was raining, with ducks of all kinds dabbling and diving for an evening meal. The Barn Owls were not out hunting because they rely so much on their incredible hearing ability to locate their prey, and the rain makes a lot of noise!

C&NN Magnuson Community Center is a proud participant in the annual National Environmental Education Week, and hosted several events for school-age children and their families at the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape and the Children's Garden during that week !

For more info on National Environmental Education Week, visit http://www.eeweek.org

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fall is for fun! More Nature Explorer activities still to come

The summer camp season was so much fun, and it's hard to believe how fast the weeks flew by- it was just like a "winged wonder"!

Look on the list below to see all the fun things we did this summer in the Children's Garden, P-Patch, and nearby park areas. What a year it has been so far, and there's plenty more to do before the year is over!

Five months of FREE "Family Nature Explorers" programs have also brought parents and kids together for wetland walks, child-friendly gardening classes, and more. And check out the list below for all the activities and events still to come this year!
  • Free "Family Wetland Walks" on Saturday Sept 4th, October 2nd, and November 5th from 10am-11am. Get to know the birds, insects, and plants that live in the new Magnuson Wetlands!
  • Free Family "Nighttime Nature Walks": Friday Sept 3rd-"New Moon Bat Walk" from 7:30-9:00pm and "Full Moon Wetland Walk" on Friday Sept 24th from 7:00-8:30pm. Come see whoooo wakes up at night to explore the park!
  • Free "Nature Explorers Jamboree and Harvest Celebration" on Saturday Oct 2nd from 11:30am-2:00pm. Fun for all ages! Cider pressing, fruit tasting, orchard maze, scavenger hunt and other children’s activities, garden tours, and “nature song sing-along” with special guest Caspar Babypants.
  • "Bird-Friendly Fun" on Friday Dec. 10th from 5:00-8:30pm. Make a bird nesting box as a present for the Chickadees or Wrens in your neighborhood, who will return the favor by eating all the pest insects in your garden next spring! Or make a beautiful wreath to decorate your door or an outdoor tree, that is chock-full of plants that birds love to eat!
For more information on all these events and more:
For information on Magnuson Community Center's new field trips programs for schools and preschools, and their other nature activities, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/magnuson/nature.htm.

2010 Summer Camp Fun:
  • Jr. Nature Explorers Camps for Ages 4-5
Wiggly World of Worms Camp: June 21-23 We had a world of fun! Visit our p-patch to see the beautiful worm compost we harvested from our bin and spread over the soil like a soft blanket. And visit the Children's Garden to see the brand new yard waste compost bin we made!
Roots and Shoots Camp: July 5-7
We sprouted up a storm in our p-patch garden! The beans, squash, and radishes we planted have already been showing their grow-power. They'll be some mighty good eatin' on our future "snack walks"!
Winged Wonders Camp: July 12-14 Like birds of a feather, we stuck together! Visit the Children's Garden to see the bird baths, dust bath bowls, and puddling ponds we made. And keep your eyes open for all the winged wonders that are flocking to them!
Beetles on Parade Camp: July 19-21 We had a beautiful week of beetle-watching, and learning about Ladybugs, Soldier Beetles, and other beneficial insects. Next time you are in the garden, peek under the big tree to see our "Beetle Hotel" and the "Ladybug Land" on the porch post of our garden shed!
Pollinator Power Camp: Aug 2-4 We painted bees, butterflies, and flowers on our new garden mural, made a "caterpillar buddy" to take home, and counted all the flowers on our nature hikes that have target or runway patterns on them to point the way to the nectar "prize" in the middle! Next time you are in the garden, look for the moth garden we planted!
The World of Water Camp: Aug 16-18 We learned about how all the earth's creatures (including us!) depend on clean water to live. When we toured the new Magnuson Wetlands, we saw a real tree frog and explored some rotting logs! Next time you're in the garden, check out the tiny birdbaths we created just for Hummingbirds!
Flower and Fruits Camp: Aug 30-Sept 1 We sampled edible flowers and made Lavender sashets, went on snack walks and "scratch n' sniff" tours, and collected plant parts for our treasure boxes. Next time you're in the Children's Garden, check out the seed painting we made for the "clubhouse"!


  • Nature Explorers Camps for Ages 6-7
Wiggly World of Worms Camp: June 27-29 My, what a wheelbarrow of fun we had! We worked well together spreading mulch in the garden, and we rolled down the rolling lawn together like Pillbugs too! Visit the Children's Garden to see our newly re-bedded worm bin, filled with fallen leaves we collected for the worms. They are now chowing down on our leftovers in comfy splendor!
Beetles on Parade Camp: July 26-28 On our nature expeditions, we found bright orange and black Soldier Beetles on every flower of the Fennel and Queen Anne's Lace! Ladybugs landed on us and brought good luck, and we picked bouquets of beetle-friendly flowers to take home. Next time you're in the Children's Garden, check out the big garden mural we helped to paint, and our amazing "beetle village" nearby!
World of Water Camp: Aug 9-11 We learned what we can do at home to keep water clean for all the earth's creatures to share, including us! When we toured the new Magnuson Wetlands, we saw dozens of colorful dragonflies zooming overhead and dozens of ducks who dabble or dive for their dinner. Visit the Children's Garden to see the new frog steppingstone path we created around our "clubhouse", and play one of the fun games we invented for it!
Roots, Shoots, Flowers, and Fruits Aug 23-25 My, oh my, we had a plant parts party! The carrots, strawberries, and sorrel we picked on our snack walks were a tasty treat for all, and we took home edible bouquets to share with our families too. Next time you're in the Children's Garden, check out the new "circle time camp" we created under the big Deodar Cedar Tree!


  • Fresh-from-the-Garden Camp Fresh-picked vegetables, fruits, and herbs are a tasty treat, and lots of fun to grow in our organic p-patch garden at Magnuson Park!
“Spring Bling” Fri. June 25th 10:00am-1:00pm What bounty we harvested, and what a yummy lunch the "Garden Diner" chefs made!
Menu was filled with freshly harvested, tender spring vegetables and fruits from our organic p-patch:
  • "Baby bib" lettuce salad with edible flowers and herbs. (The Calendula, Bronze Fennel, and French Sorrel were an especially big hit)
  • Fresh snap peas and carrots in a yogurt-herb dip.
  • Country-style "drop biscuits" with freshly-mashed strawberry spread.
C&NN Magnuson Community Center is a proud participant in the annual National Environmental Education Week, and hosted several events for school-age children and their families at the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape and the Children's Garden during that week !
For more info on National Environmental Education Week, visit http://www.eeweek.org

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Camp Season is Well Underway!

The 2010 Jr. Nature Explorers summer camp season is well underway! It's hard to believe that we have already completed 7 of our 11 weeks of camp this summer- time is flying by just like a 'Winged Wonder'!

Our first "Fresh from the Garden" cooking/gardening class was a great big success, with 7 little chefs creating quite a feast for themselves and their families. This is a brand new camp, and we are hoping it will become a regular addition to our schedule.

Five months of FREE "Family Nature Explorers" programs have also brought parents and kids together for wetland walks, child-friendly gardening classes, and more. What a year!

Registration is easy to do and camps are filling up, so check the list below for the camps that best fit your schedule and your child's age! Here's 3 ways to register:
  • Online by visiting www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/magnuson.htm
  • Via phone by contacting Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026
  • In person by visiting Magnuson Community Center at 7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
For information on Magnuson Community Center's new field trips programs for schools and preschools, and their other nature activities, visit their website at www.cityofseattle.net/parks/centers/magnuson.htm and click on the nature programs link in the right hand column. For more info on the Family Nature Explorers program schedule, check out the May 2010 posting!

Summer Camp Schedule: (space available as of 8/6/10 listed in red)
  • Jr. Nature Explorers Camps for Ages 4-5 Learn about the plants, animals, birds, worms, insects, and frogs that live in Magnuson Park, help grow and harvest organic vegetables, and hike to nearby natural areas in the park. Each day includes nature crafts, songs, games, and picnics. Camp fee includes an official Jr. Nature Explorer bandana, and each camp has a different theme and activities- sign up for one or several! Bring a sack lunch. All camps are from 9:30am-12:30pm. Fee: $90
Wiggly World of Worms June 21-23 We had a world of fun! Visit our p-patch to see the beautiful worm compost we harvested from our bin and spread over the soil like a soft blanket. And visit the Children's Garden to see the brand new yard waste compost bin we made!
Roots and Shoots July 5-7
We sprouted up a storm in our p-patch garden! The beans, squash, and radishes we planted have already been showing their grow-power. They'll be some mighty good eatin' on our future "snack walks"!
Winged Wonders July 12-14 Like birds of a feather, we stuck together! Visit the Children's Garden to see the bird baths, dust bath bowls, and puddling ponds we made. And keep your eyes open for all the winged wonders that are flocking to them!
Beetles on Parade July 19-21 We had a beautiful week of beetle-watching, and learning about Ladybugs, Soldier Beetles, and other beneficial insects. Next time you are in the garden, peek under the big tree to see our "Beetle Hotel" and the "Ladybug Land" on the porch post of our garden shed!
Pollinator Power Aug 2-4 We painted bees, butterflies, and flowers on our new garden mural, made a "caterpillar buddy" to take home, and counted all the flowers on our nature hikes that have target or runway patterns on them to point the way to the nectar "prize" in the middle! Next time you are in the garden, look for the moth garden we planted!
The World of Water Aug 16-18 One spot left
Flower and Fruits Aug 30-Sept 1 FULL


  • Nature Explorers Camps for Ages 6-7 Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded to 4 camps for the older nature explorer this year, each filled with fun. Help grow and harvest organic vegetables, build nature forts, and follow butterflies and grasshoppers to explore the places that plants, animals, birds, worms, and frogs call home. Each day includes nature crafts, songs, games, and picnics. Camp fee includes an official Nature Explorer bandana, and each camp has a different theme and activities- sign up for one or several! Bring a sack lunch. All camps are from 9:30am-12:30pm. Fee: $90
Wiggly World of Worms June 27-29 My, what a wheelbarrow of fun we had! Visit the Children's Garden to see our newly re-bedded worm bin, filled with fallen leaves we collected for the worms. They are now chowing down on our leftovers in splendor!
Beetles on Parade July 26-28 On our nature expeditions, we found bright orange and black Soldier Beetles on every flower of the Fennel and Queen Anne's Lace! Ladybugs landed on us and brought good luck, and we picked bouquets of beetle-friendly flowers to take home. Next time you are in the garden, check out the big garden mural we started painting, and our amazing "beetle village" nearby!
World of Water Aug 9-11 FULL
Roots, Shoots, Flowers, and Fruits Aug 23-25 Five spots left


  • Fresh-from-the-Garden Camp Fresh-picked vegetables, fruits, and herbs are a tasty treat, and lots of fun to grow in our organic p-patch garden at Magnuson Park! Have fun harvesting nature’s bounty, planting additional crops, and preparing a delicious lunch using seasonal ingredients. Each camper can invite a guest for the shared meal, and each camp will feature an entirely different menu, take-home recipes, and food-growing tips to try at home. Sign up for one or several! Fee: $30 each
“Spring Bling” Fri. June 25th 10:00am-1:00pm What bounty we harvested, and what a yummy lunch the "Garden Diner" chefs made!
Menu was filled with freshly harvested, tender spring vegetables and fruits from our organic p-patch:
  • "Baby bib" lettuce salad with edible flowers and herbs. (The Calendula, Bronze Fennel, and French Sorrel were an especially big hit)
  • Fresh snap peas and carrots in a yogurt-herb dip.
  • Country-style "drop biscuits" with freshly-mashed strawberry spread.




C&NN Magnuson Community Center is a proud participant in the annual National Environmental Education Week, and hosted several events for school-age children and their families at the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape and the Children's Garden during that week !
For more info on National Environmental Education Week, visit http://www.eeweek.org

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NEW Family Nature Explorers Program!

FREE Family Nature Explorer Events
Bring the whole family to Magnuson Park to learn together! Come and see how the Magnuson Wetlands and other Natural Areas are becoming home to a wide variety of plants, birds, and other wildlife, visit the Bird-friendly Landscape to learn easy ways to attract more songbirds and butterflies to your garden, and spend time in the Children's Garden to learn how to make your home garden more fun for your child's exploration and play.


For more information or to register for any Family Nature Explorers programs, contact the Community Center staff at 206-684-7026 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/magnuson/

FREE Magnuson Family Explorer "Wetland Walks"
Bring the whole family for an adventure in the new Magnuson Park Wetlands! You’ll see emerging spring growth, the arrival and departure of insects and migratory birds, the seasonal ebb and flow of water in the ponds and swales, lush summer bounty of flowering and fruiting plants, and the quiet times of fall. Each tour will have a different theme with fun, hands-on exploration activities. Binoculars and field guides will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Tour Leader: Children's Educator and Naturalist Emily Bishton, with special guest Wetlands Gardener Miriam Preus.

Location: The NE 65th St entry to the Magnuson Wetlands, inside the parking lot just east of Sportsfield Drive. Meet in front of the tall mounds at the northeast corner of the parking lot.
Pre-registration requested, but walk-ins are welcome.
  • Wetland Wake-Up April 10th We saw year-round resident Dabbling Ducks and winter resident Diving Ducks, plus new leaves and buds were opening up all over the plants!
  • Tadpoles and Nestlings May 1st from 10:00-11:00am We saw Ducks with new ducklings, Swallows just arrived from South America, Geese chasing each other, frog eggs, Lupines beginning to bloom, and all sorts of cool insects and their larvae!
  • Spring Migration June 5th from 10:00-11:00am We learned about 5 plants that are the "friends" of the wetlands! We saw ducklings that have grown almost as big as their Mom and Dad, bees having lunch, Swallows swooping and scooping mud for their nests, insects that can swim underwater, and tadpoles growing big with a newly 'spouted' set of back legs!
  • The Growing Season July 3rd from 10:00-11:00am We saw something very unexpected- more brand new tadpoles because the 'rice paddy ponds' were still very full from our super wet spring! Three kinds of Swallows were swooping the sky, Goldfinches and Sparrows were flitting in the tall grass, and we even saw a tiny tree frog peeking out from the bark of a nurse log!
  • Songs of Summer Aug. 7th from 10:00-11:00am We saw 3 Tree Frogs jump out from underneath the bark on our favorite nurse log, now called "the frog log"! Even though the marsh ponds are drying up from the summer sun, we saw lots of footprints in the mud and Swallows swooping down to them. They got a drink and a snack of their favorite food: insects. We snacked too, just like the bees do: on nectar-filled Clover blossoms!
  • Fall Migration Sept 4th from 10:00-11:00am
  • Autumn Beauty Oct 2nd from 10:00-11:00am
  • Winter Arrivals Nov 6th from 10:00-11:00am

FREE Magnuson Family Explorer "Night-time Nature Walks"

The hours just before and after sunset each day are when wildlife is most active. Bring the family to Magnuson Park to discover who is up and about! Dress for the weather and bring a small flashlight.

Friday August 20th from 7:30-9:00pm: "Nocturnal Nightlife Walk". Come enjoy a dusk-to-dark hike through Magnuson's south forest at Promontory Point and the Flyway, to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife. Special Guest Leader: An Audubon Master Birder! Meet at the Promontory Point Education Pavilion.

Friday September 3rd 7:30-9:00: "New Moon Wetlands Bat Walk". Come enjoy a twilight walk through the Magnuson Park Wetlands to look for resident bats hunting in the night skies above (maybe with babies in-tow) Special Guest Leader: A Bats Northwest expert! Meet at the Wetlands' central parking lot off of NE 65th St.

Friday September 24th from 7:00-8:30pm: "Full Moon Wetlands Walk" Join us to watch the full moon rise over the Magnuson Wetlands. Find out which animals are headed to bed and which are just getting up. Special Guest Leader: TBA! Meet at the Wetlands' central parking lot off of NE 65th St.


FREE Magnuson Family Explorer Nature Classes
Create Your Own Bird-friendly Garden! See and touch bird nests and nest boxes, explore a 'nest recipe box'. Then make a simple birdhouse and/or a bird-friendly wreath for your door, to create an oasis for songbirds in your own home garden!

Teacher: Landscape Designer and Nature Educator Emily Bishton
Date and time:Friday evening, December 10th from 5:00-8:30pm
Location: Magnuson Community Center lobby and the Bird-Friendly Landscape.

Create Your Own Child-friendly Garden!
See, touch, and listen to plants that delight all the senses, explore our lively worm bin, plant seeds and plants, and learn how easy it is to add special features to your own garden that your children will enjoy.
Teacher: Landscape Designer and Children's Educator Emily Bishton Next event: Spring 2011!
Date and time: TBA

Location: Magnuson Brig- Ravenna Room, and the Children’s Garden.




For more information or to register for any Family Nature Explorers programs, contact the Community Center staff at 206-684-7026 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/magnuson/

Saturday, May 1, 2010

2010 Jr. Nature Explorers Camps!

The 2010 Jr. Nature Explorers summer camp season is getting close! Due to popular demand, we are once again expanding our offerings and have increased to 11 weeks of summer camps!

For the first time, we will also be teaching a series of "Fresh from the Garden" cooking/gardening classes! And to top it off, we have begun a new FREE "Family Nature Explorers" program, with fun classes and walks for parents and children to attend together!

Registration has begun and it's easy to do- camps are starting to fill up so check the list below for the camps that best fit your schedule and your child's age! Here's how to register:
For information on Magnuson Community Center's new field trips programs for schools and preschools, and their other nature activities, visit their website at www.cityofseattle.net/parks/centers/magnuson.htm and click on the nature programs link in the right hand column. For more info on the the new Family Nature Explorers program, check out the other May 2010 posting!

Summer Camp Schedule: (space available as of 6/9/10 listed in red)
  • Jr. Nature Explorers Camps for Ages 4-5 Learn about the plants, animals, birds, worms, insects, and frogs that live in Magnuson Park, help grow and harvest organic vegetables, and hike to nearby natural areas in the park. Each day includes nature crafts, songs, games, and picnics. Camp fee includes an official Jr. Nature Explorer bandana, and each camp has a different theme and activities- sign up for one or several! Bring a sack lunch. All camps are from 9:30am-12:30pm. Fee: $90
Wiggly World of Worms June 21-23 FULL
Roots and Shoots July 5-7
Plenty of spots left
Winged Wonders July 12-14 A few spots left
Beetles on Parade July 19-21 A few spots left
Pollinator Power Aug 2-4 Plenty of spots left
The World of Water Aug 16-18 Plenty of spots left
Flower and Fruits Aug 30-Sept 1 FULL


  • Nature Explorers Camps for Ages 6-7 Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded to 4 camps for the older nature explorer this year, each filled with fun. Help grow and harvest organic vegetables, build nature forts, and follow butterflies and grasshoppers to explore the places that plants, animals, birds, worms, and frogs call home. Each day includes nature crafts, songs, games, and picnics. Camp fee includes an official Nature Explorer bandana, and each camp has a different theme and activities- sign up for one or several! Bring a sack lunch. All camps are from 9:30am-12:30pm. Fee: $90
Wiggly World of Worms June 27-29 Plenty of spots left
Beetles on Parade July 26-28 Plenty of spots left
World of Water Aug 9-11 A few spots left
Roots, Shoots,
Flowers, and Fruits Aug 23-25
Plenty of spots left


  • Fresh-from-the-Garden Camp Fresh-picked vegetables, fruits, and herbs are a tasty treat, and lots of fun to grow in our organic p-patch garden at Magnuson Park! Have fun harvesting nature’s bounty, planting additional crops, and preparing a delicious lunch using seasonal ingredients. Each camper can invite a guest for the shared meal, and each camp will feature an entirely different menu, take-home recipes, and food-growing tips to try at home. Sign up for one or several! Fee: $30 each
“Spring Bling” Fri. June 25th 10:00am-1:00pm Plenty of spots left
Menu is filled with freshly harvested and tender spring vegetables and fruits from our garden:
  • "Baby bib" lettuce salad with edible flowers and herbs.
  • Fresh snap peas and carrots.
  • Country-style "drop biscuits" with strawberry spread.
“Summer Fun” Fri. July 30st 10:00am-1:00pm Plenty of spots left
Menu to be announced

“Marvelous Harvest” Fri. Aug 27th 10:00am-1:00pm Plenty of spots left
Menu to be announced

For a detailed description of the activities in each individual summer camp, please visit the May 2009 postings. See you in the park!

C&NN Magnuson Community Center is a proud participant in the annual National Environmental Education Week, and hosted several events for school-age children and their families at the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape and the Children's Garden during that week !
For more info on National Environmental Education Week, visit http://www.eeweek.org

NEW Family Nature Explorers program!

FREE Family Nature Explorer Events
Bring the whole family to Magnuson Park to learn together! Come and see how the Magnuson Wetlands are becoming home to a wide variety of plants, birds, and other wildlife, visit the Bird-friendly Landscape to learn easy ways to attract more songbirds and butterflies to your garden, and spend time in the Children's Garden to learn how to make your home garden more fun for your child's exploration and play.


For more information or to register for any Family Nature Explorers programs, contact the Community Center staff at 206-684-7026 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/magnuson/


FREE Magnuson Family Explorer Wetland Walks
Bring the whole family for an adventure in the new Magnuson Park Wetlands! You’ll see emerging spring growth, the arrival and departure of insects and migratory birds, the seasonal ebb and flow of water in the ponds and swales, lush summer bounty of flowering and fruiting plants, and the quiet times of fall. Each tour will have a different theme with fun, hands-on exploration activities. Binoculars and field guides will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Tour Leader: Children's Educator and Naturalist Emily Bishton, with special guest Wetlands Gardener Miriam Preus.

Location: The NE 65th St entry to the Magnuson Wetlands, inside the parking lot just east of Sportsfield Drive. Meet in front of the tall mounds at the northeast corner of the parking lot.
Pre-registration requested, but walk-ins are welcome.
  • Wetland Wake-Up April 10th (We saw year-round resident Dabbling Ducks and winter resident Diving Ducks, plus new leaves and buds opening all over the plants!)
  • Tadpoles and Nestlings May 1st from 10:00-11:00am (We saw Ducks with new ducklings, Swallows just arrived from South America, Geese chasing each other, frog eggs, Lupines beginning to bloom, and all sorts of cool bugs and their larvae!)
  • Spring Migration June 5th from 10:00-11:00am (We learned about 5 plants that are the "friends" of the wetlands! We saw ducklings that have grown almost as big as their Mom and Dad, bees having lunch, Swallows swooping and scooping mud for their nests, insects that can swim underwater, and tadpoles growing big with a newly 'spouted' set of back legs!)
  • The Growing Season July 3rd from 10:00-11:00am
  • Songs of Summer Aug. 7th from 10:00-11:00am
  • Fall Migration Sept 4th from 10:00-11:00am
  • Autumn Beauty Oct 2nd from 10:00-11:00am
  • Winter Arrivals Nov 6th from 10:00-11:00am
Create Your Own Bird-friendly Garden!
See and touch bird nests and nest boxes, explore a 'nest recipe box', and have fun exploring the Magnuson Community Center's
Bird-Friendly Landscape to see how it provides all the basic needs for birds and other wildlife. Then take home free info that will help you create an oasis for songbirds in your own home garden!
Teacher:
Landscape Designer and Nature Educator Emily Bishton
Date and time:TBA
Location: Magnuson Community Center lobby and the Bird-Friendly Landscape.

Create Your Own Child-friendly Garden!
See, touch, and listen to plants that delight all the senses, explore our lively worm bin, plant seeds and plants, and learn how easy it is to add special features to your own garden that your children will enjoy.
Teacher: Landscape Designer and Children's Educator Emily Bishton Next event: Spring 2011!
Date and time: TBA

Location: Magnuson Brig- Ravenna Room, and the Children’s Garden.




For more information or to register for any Family Nature Explorers programs, contact the Community Center staff at 206-684-7026 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/magnuson/

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2010 Jr. Nature Explorer Programs!

The 2010 Jr. Nature Explorers schedule has been set! Once again, due to popular demand, we are expanding our offerings of camps and classes. We have added spring classes and camps to choose from on Thursdays and Saturdays, and increased to 11 weeks of summer camps; seven of them for children ages 4-5 and four of them for children ages 6-7.

For the first time, we will also be teaching a series of "Fresh from the Garden" cooking/gardening classes for 8-12 year olds! And to top it off, we are beginning a new FREE "Family Nature Explorers" program, with fun classes and walks for parents and children to attend together!

To kick off all its new nature programs, the Community Center is hosting a giant FREE event! 'Celebrate Urban Nature' on Saturday April 10th, from 10:30am-2:00pm
The day begins with a guided Family Wetland Walk from 9:00-10:00am, and then the festivities will begin at the Community Center- tons of fun for adults and children!
Featuring:
  • A concert by Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew)!
  • Hands-on, interactive nature booths
  • LIVE Woodland Park Zoo Raptors
  • Nature carnival with prizes!
  • NOAA exibit
  • Recycled art extravaganza
  • And much much more!
Check out the list below to see which class and camp offerings work best for your children and you. The FREE Family Nature Explorer listings are in the next blog entry. For more information on any Jr. Nature Explorer or Family Nature Explorers programs, call the Warren G. Magnuson Park Community Center at 206-684-7026, or visit their website at http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/centers/magnuson.htm and click on the nature programs link. Online registration will begin in early March.

1. Spring Classes for Children Ages 4-6
A four-week series of classes filled with outdoor adventures at Magnuson Park! Each week you’ll see something new as nature wakes up and start to grow in the spring, then becomes lush and colorful as spring changes to summer! You’ll see new life unfold each week as you plant an organic food garden and snack on its seedlings, learn about the worms and other “critters” that live beneath our feet, how native plants are used by animals and humans, and see the arrival of tadpoles and migratory birds.
“Spring Fever” class
Thursday April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th from 10:00-11:30am
Fee $75

“Hello Summer” class
Thursday May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th from 10:00-11:30am
Fee $75

2. Spring Saturday Camp for Ages 4-5
Have fun all month long with camp activities that welcome the warm weather and bright colors of spring. Each week you’ll be amazed to see how plants grow by leaps and bounds, and have fun exploring the park to look for tree frogs and butterflies. Our days will be filled with fun and educational games, songs, and nature crafts. Bring a sack lunch.
“May Flowers” Saturday Camp
Sat. May 8th, 15th, 22nd from 9:30am-12:30pm
Fee $90

3. Spring Saturday Camp for Ages 6-7
Celebrate Earth Day for two weeks with camp activities centered on the plants, animals, and birds of Magnuson Park! Have fun exploring the new Wetlands, and get your knees in the dirt to plant, tend, and eat from our organic vegetable garden. Our days will be filled with fun and educational games, songs, and crafts. Bring a sack lunch.
“Earth Day” Saturday Camp
Sat. April 17th and 24th from 9:30am-12:30pm
Fee $60

4. Fresh-from-the-Garden Camp for Ages 8-12
Fresh-picked vegetables, fruits, and herbs are a tasty treat, and lots of fun to grow in our organic p-patch garden at Magnuson Park! Have fun harvesting nature’s bounty, planting additional crops, and preparing a delicious lunch using seasonal ingredients. Each camper can invite a guest for the shared meal, and each camp will feature an entirely different menu, take-home recipes, and food-growing tips to try at home. Sign up for one or several! Fee: $30
“Spring Bling” Fri. June 11th 10:00am-1:00pm
“Summer Fun” Fri. July 30st 10:00am-1:00pm
“Marvelous Harvest” Fri. Aug 27th 10:00am-1:00pm

5. Jr. Nature Explorers Camps for Ages 4-5

Learn about the plants, animals, birds, worms, insects, and frogs that live in Magnuson Park, help grow and harvest organic vegetables, and hike to nearby natural areas in the park. Each day includes nature crafts, songs, games, and picnics. Camp fee includes an official Jr. Nature Explorer bandana, and each camp has a different theme and activities- sign up for one or several! Bring a sack lunch. All camps are from 9:30am-12:30pm. Fee: $90
Wiggly World of Worms June 21-23
Roots and Shoots July 5-7
Winged Wonders July 12-14
Beetles on Parade July 19-21
Pollinator Power Aug 2-4
The World of Water Aug 16-18
Flower and Fruits Aug 30-Sept 1


6. Nature Explorers Camps for Ages 6-7
Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded to 4 camps for the older nature explorer this year, each filled with fun. Help grow and harvest organic vegetables, build nature forts, and follow butterflies and grasshoppers to explore the places that plants, animals, birds, worms, and frogs call home. Each day includes nature crafts, songs, games, and picnics. Camp fee includes an official Nature Explorer bandana, and each camp has a different theme and activities- sign up for one or several! Bring a sack lunch. All camps are from 9:30am-12:30pm. Fee: $90
Wiggly World of Worms June 27-29
Beetles on Parade July 26-28
World of Water Aug 9-11
Roots, Shoots,
Flowers, and Fruits Aug 23-25


For a detailed description of the activities in each individual summer camp, please visit the May 2009 postings. See you in the park!

C&NN Magnuson Park is a proud participant in the annual National Environmental Education Week, which will be held this year on April 11th-17th. The Magnuson Community Center, Children's Garden, and Bird-Friendly Landscape will host 4 educational events that week for school-age children!
For more info on National Environmental Education Week, visit http://www.eeweek.org