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!
  • 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 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

NEW Family Nature Explorers program!

FREE Family Nature Explorer Classes
Bring the whole family to Magnuson Park to learn together! You’ll see and learn easy ways to attract more songbirds and butterflies to your garden, and how to make it more fun for your children to explore and play there. Each class includes free printed materials, and hands-on outdoor activities in either the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape or the Magnuson Children’s Garden.
Pre-registration requested, but walk-ins are welcome

Class #1. How to Create your Own Bird-friendly Garden
Sat. April 10th from 11:30am-12:30pm

(part of the 'Celebrate Urban Nature' event)
Location: Magnuson Community Center-Windemere Room, and the Bird-Friendly Landscape.

Class #2. How to Create your own Child-friendly Garden

Sat. May 1st from 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: Magnuson Brig- Ravenna Room, and the Children’s Garden.

For more info or to register for either of these classes, contact the Community Center staff at 206-684-7026 or visit

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 include info on the history and function of the site, but each will also have a different theme with fun, hands-on exploration activities. Binoculars and field guides will be provided, or you can bring your own.
Tour Leaders: Emily Bishton and 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 from 9:00-10:00am (part of the 'Celebrate Urban Nature' event!)
Tadpoles and Nestlings May 1st from 10:00-11:00am.
Spring Migration June 5th from 10:00-11:00am
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