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.

Upcoming Trainings

New GSP Forest Steward Orientation | March

ORIENTATION IS FULL. We will welcome the 13th cohort of Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards! Day 1 of 2: GSP staff will facilitate an indoor interactive session focused on the basics of the GSP program and how one can best work with staff to lead restoration projects. We will cover history of Seattle’s forests, best management practices (briefly), use of online tools, and roles & responsibilities. THIS EVENT IS FULL, but contact Andrea to find out how to attend future Forest Steward Orientations OR join a team to support existing GSP forest stewards.

Live Staking and Thinning | Friday, March 10 | 10am – 2pm @ Magnuson Park Native Plant Nursery

Join Rick Thompson and Forest Stewards in Magnuson Park’s Native Plant Nursery to discuss and practice live staking techniques. Information on determining plant health and thinning best practices is also included. Register for this training by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10956

Bird Focus: Creepers and Nuthatches | Saturday, March 18 | 8:00-10:00 am @ Seward Park Audubon Center

This month’s birding focus are Creepers and Nuthatches! These little woodland birds are masters at finding the insect larvae abundant in the spring. Nuthatches are also known to use tools to line their nest hole inside and out with resin to deter predators. Come find out much more about these lovely little birds on this Bird Focus walk. Please dress for the weather, binoculars are provided. Ages 10 and up. Register for this training by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10972

Owl Prowl | Friday, March 24 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm @ Seward Park Audubon Center

Join us as we search for our resident owls. Your prowl will begins with learning about these amazing nocturnal predators, their habitats, behaviors and language including a dissection of owl pellets to find the bones and skull from their prey. We continue with a night hike deep into the old growth forest where we will call out to find these skillful birds. For ages 10 and up (must have ability to stand still and be super quiet!) and anyone able to hike 2 miles. For ages 10 and up. Register for this event by visiting http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10973

New Forest Steward Skills-Building Session | April

THIS EVENT IS FULL. Day 2 of 2 orientation and training for new(er) Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards. We will head outside to a nearby park to learn about and practice best management practices for weed removal, volunteer management and more!

Plant Selection and Site Planning| April | Jefferson Horticulture Facility

This Seattle Parks’ Ecologist-led workshop provides an overview of GSP target thresholds and forest health, and resources and best practices for site-specific plant selection. Information on plant selection in the presence of drought and climate change will be provided.  Stewards are invited to ask questions about the process of site documentation, timing of invasive removal, online resources, and creating a project timeline. Classroom/Field hybrid includes ocular estimation practice.

Trails Maintenance Training with Seattle Parks Trails Program | May | Location TBD

Invitations to the trails maintenance training will be extended to forest stewards who have official trails in their park.

Soil Enrichment: Hügelkultur Work Party | May | Camp Long

Hügelkultur is a raised-bed garden permaculture technique using wood and other organic material to build a planting mound. It is useful for slope stabilization and soil enrichment for struggling conifers.  Jarret Griesemer will lead us in this hands-on training.

Plant Identification | June | South Seattle location

This field-based workshop will include instruction in the basic principles, terms and language for understanding plant botany and hands-on practice of field characteristics and identification of dominant native species.

Native/Invasive Plant Identification & Management | July

This training builds on the June Plant Id training. It includes additional native species identification practice and species that threaten to disturb the health of Seattle’s forests.  Field discussion includes common effective and environmentally sensitive approaches at invasive management that relies on a combination of practices, such as manual removal, planting, mulching and City use of pesticides.

Forest Steward Field Trip | August

Get ready for the Annual Forest Steward Field Trip! We’ll visit a forested area outside of Seattle to compare and contrast sites, practice plant ID, and develop your peer network. A lunch social is included.

Pollinator Habitat and Restoration | September @ Burke Gilman Trail Pollinator Pathway

This field workshop combines EarthCorps, WNPS and other partner expertise in a tour of a new pollinator pathway restoration site. Discussion and resources will cover appropriate native species and practices for a healthy pollinator habitat.

Outreach and Engagement | October

Share a meal and drinks with other Forest Stewards over an outreach and engagement discussion. We’ll share general community outreach knowledge with an emphasis on how to engage and recruit high school and college groups for community restoration events. Safety, age-appropriate tasks, and education resources will be discussed.

Wetland Best Management Practices | November

Seattle Parks’ Ecologists will share updated GSP wetland BMP guidelines.

Winter Twig ID | December | South Seattle location

This field-based workshop includes practice and instruction on the main diagnostic concepts, procedures, tools and resources used in plant identification based on woody twig characteristics.  We’ll identify main growth habits of woody plants (trees, shrubs and vines) and practice observation and note-taking skills.

Stay tuned for other 2017 Forest Steward training opportunities, sessions to include:

Bird Habitat Consultations with Seward Audubon

Past trainings with links

Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls December 20th at the Royal Room

Morning Treats and Tweets December 17th at Seward Park

Bird Focus:Winter Waterfowl December 3rd at Seward Park Audubon Center

Winter Twig Identification December 3rd at Lewis Park

Bird Habitat Consultations with Seward Audubon

Intermediate Plant ID August 13th at Magnuson Park

Invasive Plant ID and Management (and Breakfast)  July 23rd at Westcrest Park

Plant ID & Field Sketching June 4th at Discovery Park 

Target Ecosystems, thresholds & plant selection May 21st at Jefferson Horticulture

Earth Day Steward Meet Up: Site Planning April 23rd at Jefferson Horticulture

Outreach and Engagement Steward Training March 24th at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland

Planting for Pollinators and Bird Watch February 27th at Center for Urban Horticulture

Sustaining Community Relationships and Engagement

Target Forest Types – A Benchmark and Guide

If you have suggestions for trainings that you would be interested in, or think would be helpful for others, please email Andrea.