Nature Consortium

Westside School students & faculty participate in Service Saturday at the Nature Consortium

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Ten students and three faculty members joined the Nature Consortium work party this past Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Working behind Pathfinder School in the Duwaymish Greenbelt, they planted native species and worked hard removing invasive species such as blackberries. Members of the Westside School Student Council organized the event and had a great time giving back to their community and playing in nature together. Nature Consortium holds a work party every Saturday in the Greenbelt and is always looking for volunteers!

Giving back in honor of MLK Day

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With an upcoming day off, why not make it a day on!

Spend the day honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a community service project. By lending a hand, you’ll help spread his legacy of compassion and service to the whole community.

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Here are some suggestions of kid-friendly service projects going on in the Seattle area with links to websites that have more information about project details and registration.

1. City Year is organizing a service day at MLK Elementary School. In just one day, you will make MLK Elementary School a more vibrant and engaging learning environment where students can truly thrive. Service projects include painting educational murals, hands-on beautification projects, and participating in social justice conversations. Click here to learn more.

2. Nature Consortium is hosting an eco-work party in the Duwamish Greenbelt. You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by Nature Consortium staff. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment! Click here to learn more.

3. United Way is partnering with many organizations to lead a wide variety of community service projects in neighborhoods all over King county. Click here to learn more.

4. Help create a healthy forest at Cheasty greenspace. Join EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership as they continue working in this 43 acre green space. MLK Day of Service participants should expect to learn a brief history of Cheasty Greenspace and an overview of Seattle’s urban forests and participate in forest restoration work. Click here to learn more.

A day of Community Service

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This past Saturday the Westside School Middle School Student Council sponsored Community Service Day. The entire crew, led by Mary Kratz and Kendra Dixon, had a great time in the Duwamish Greenbelt working with Nature Consortium on forest restoration. The students who attended were awesome! They worked exceptionally hard and had such a positive attitude throughout the entire event. They worked removing invasive species and planting and mulching native ones. There was even a trumpet player who played for the group during the work party. If you see Cooper L., Kelton, Nikhil, Nathaniel B, Nathaniel St.C, Graycie, Levi, Nic K., or Nathan H. tell them great job!

Westside School Student Council plans Day of Service!

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WHO: Participation is open to all Middle School students. Parents are invited to join us too!

WHAT: A morning of hands-on conservation work led by the Nature Consortium staff in West Seattle. We will be working on a forest restoration project that will involve removing invasive weeds, mulching, addressing erosion issues and possibly planting.

WHEN: Saturday, February 27 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 14th Ave SW and SW Holly Street, Urban Forest Restoration Project- West Duwamish Greenbelt

WHY: To give back to our community and have fun in nature together!

HOW: To confirm your attendance complete a Youth Waiver Form (if you’d like one, just email Mary or Kendra) and return it to one of them by Wednesday Februrary 24. Also, let us know if you have another family member who will be attending with you. All volunteers under age 18 are required to complete a Youth Waiver Form.

THE DAY OF:

– You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the work site

– Wear long pants and closed toed shoes- preferably ones that can get dirty

– Bring a full water bottle and lunch

– Tools, gloves, training and granola bars will be provided

If you have any questions please speak with Mary or Kendra

maryk@westsideschool.org              kendrad@westsideschool.org