Another year, another successful Green Seattle Day! This year also marks the first-ever Seattle Forest Week. We joined forces with Trees for Seattle to create Seattle Forest Week, a whole week dedicated to celebrating our urban forest in Seattle. We hosted restoration work parties in parks, as well as several other events to celebrate our Urban Forest in Seattle. Our communities and volunteers had an amazing day planting and spending time in the parks during this exceptionally rainy week! Thanks to all your support, we were able to plant a new generation of trees and shrubs that will grow into a healthy urban forest.
Green Seattle Day
This year was the 16th annual Green Seattle Day – and after no public, in-person Green Seattle Day events in 2020 we were excited to get planting with you all! Over 500 community volunteers and partner organization staff came together on Green Seattle Day to plant over 4,600 new trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. These plants will grow into a healthy urban forest that will benefit our communities for centuries to come.
Where are the 4,694 new trees and shrubs?
Kubota Gardens with Partner in Employment
13 volunteers planted 200 plants. View pictures here!
Magnuson Park – North Woodland – with GSP Forest Stewards
10 volunteers planted 77 plants. View pictures here!
Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands with Tilth Alliance
35 volunteers planted 77 plants. View photos here!
Seward Park with Seward Park Audubon
40 volunteers planted 320 plants. View photos here!
East Duwamish Greenbelt – Trenton and 42nd with GSP Forest Stewards
14 volunteers planted 100 plants.
Daybreak Star with Na’ah Illahee
34 volunteers planted 549 plants.
Cheasty Greenspace with EarthCorps
23 volunteers planted 313 plants.
Madrona Park with GSP Forest Stewards
15 volunteers planted 152 plants.
Golden Gardens with GSP Forest Stewards
20 volunteers planted 122 plants. View photos here!
Maple School Natural Area with GSP Forest Stewards
36 volunteers planted 390 plants. View photos here!
Genessee Park with GSP Forest Stewards
8 volunteers planted 138 plants.
Lincoln Park with GSP Forest Stewards
33 volunteers planted 264 plants. View photos here!
Magnuson Park -Kite Hill – with GSP Forest Stewards
18 volunteers planted 86 plants.
Pigeon Point with Nature Consortium/DNDA
21 volunteers planted 210 plants. View photos here!
Jackson Park with GSP Forest Stewards
20 volunteers planted 140 plants.
East Duwamish Greenbelt – Beacon Avenue with Forterra
26 volunteers planted 203 plants. View photos here!
Herrings House with Seattle Parks and Recreation Natural Areas Crew
30 volunteers planted 441 plants. View photos here!
Westcrest Park with DIRT Corps
27 volunteers planted 500 plants. View photos here!
Ravenna Park with GSP Forest Stewards
21 volunteers planted 220 plants. View photos here!
Mount Baker Park with the Student Conservation Association and GSP Forest Stewards
21 volunteers planted 45 plants.
Interlaken Park with GSP Forest Stewards
15 volunteers planted 60 plants. View photos here!
Green Seattle Day this year was a wonderful example of collective community action. Together, we came together and planted almost 5,000 plants in small groups across the city in just one morning. Thank you to our photographers: Jimmy Thomas, Sammi Bushman, Magda Nilges, Brent Osborne, Edward Landreth, Jim Avery, and Christine Stephens, who helped capture the the wet scenes of Green Seattle Day.
Seattle Forest Week events
In-between Green Seattle Day on November 6th and Seattle Arbor Day on November 13th was Seattle Forest Week; we hosted a BIPOC beach walk, dog tree walk, virtual plant walks, a youth climate panel, and more for the first-ever Seattle Forest Week. Learn about some of these community events below!
ECOSS at Seward Park
This event, hosted by ECOSS, welcomed members of the community to learn about plants and urban forests while they helped plant a new generation of healthy forest. They planted 68 trees and shrubs at Seward Park.
BIPOC beach walk with Sea Potential
This year, the Green Seattle Partnership worked with Sea Potential, an organization that works to increase representation of Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) in the maritime field. The beach walk was hosted at Discovery Park, and invited participants to strengthen their sense of place and appreciate nature in a way that is culturally responsive to their experiences as BIPOC.
Youth Climate Panel
This panel gave people a chance to hear from the Green Seattle Partnership’s amazing Youth Ambassadors! Watch a recording of the panel here to learn more about how youth can take climate action into their own hands.
Live Mural Painting
We are so fortunate that Seattle-based artist Stevie Shao illustrated our materials for Seattle Forest Week–and she didn’t stop there! Stevie did a live mural painting at Seward Park during Seattle Forest Week.
Seattle Arbor Day
Arbor Day 2021 was the last event of Seattle Forest Week and Trees for Seattle partnered with NewHolly Community and Seattle Housing Authority to plant 20 large trees in the Othello-area neighborhood. More than 10 organizations were present, including DIRT Corps, HOSTED, Common Acre, Forterra, and Seattle Audubon. There was an Ask an Arborist table with Laila Suidan and city staff from gave demonstrations on how to plant trees. NewHolly residents got a chance to plant, learn about birds, and even took home native plants for their gardens!
Thank you for being an integral part of this long-lasting partnership! Whether you’re a volunteer, you tuned into a Seattle Forest Week event, a partner, a sponsor, or simply a forest-enthusiast, we couldn’t do this amazing work without you. Your passion and stewardship is crucial to restoring the urban forests of Seattle.