The 2nd Annual Seattle Forest Week was filled with celebratory events that brought community members out to learn about and love on Seattle’s urban forest. In honor of the 17th year of Green Seattle Partnership, Green Seattle Day was held at 17 locations throughout the city. It was a huge success and we had amazing turnout!


GREEN SEATTLE DAY

After an exceptionally hot and dry summer that lasted well into autumn, we were so fortunate to receive some much-needed rain to set our planting sites up for success! The beautiful and crisp fall day that brought over 460 community members and partner organization staff together to plant 3,261 new trees, shrubs, and ground covers. These plants will continue to grow and sustain our healthy green future that will benefit our communities for years to come!

Cheasty Greenspace

29 participants planted 100 plants.

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland with Tilth Alliance

125 community members attended, and 50 participants planted 152 plants.

Lakeridge Park

31 participants planted 33 plants.

Discovery Park with Mountains to Sound Greenway

19 participants planted 192 plants.

South Genesee Park with O’Dea High School

28 participants planted 88 plants.

North Genesee Park with O’Dea High School

24 participants planted 125 plants.

Harrison Ridge Greenbelt

14 participants planted 70 plants.

Lincoln Park

50 participants planted 326 plants.

While we worked, we were treated to acoustic music by three West Seattle High School from the band The Potholes: View video stream here!

Learn More about Friends of Lincoln Park.

Magnuson Park

24 participants planted 185 plants: View pictures here!

North Beach Park

21 participants planted 45 plants: View pictures here!

Pigeon Point with DNDA Nature Consortium

13 participants planted 197 plants.

Westcrest Park with Dirt Corps

20 participants planted 400 plants.

Seward Park with Seward Park Audubon Center

26 participants planted 200 plants: View pictures here!

Colman Park with Student Conservation Association

13 participants planted 90 plants.

Burke-Gilman Trail

32 participants planted 650 plants: View pictures here!

Learn more about Friends of Burke-Gilman Trail.

Kubota Gardens Natural Area with Earth-Corps

27 participants planted 140 plants: View pictures here!

Daybreak Star  with Na’ah Illahee Fund

39 participants planted 169 plants.


Seattle Forest Week Events

Seattle Forest Week ran from October 22nd to October 29th, and featured a whole week of events dedicated to the celebration of our urban forests! We hosted opportunities to join in on planting, forest bathing, bird and plant walks, education, and sharing how to shape what future participation can look like. Learn more about these community events below!

Connecting to Longfellow Creek with Delridge Neighborhood Development Association

Learn about Longfellow Creek’s water, plants, and wildlife at Dragonfly Pavilion Park.

Local organizations will have information an art activity for all ages.

An optional guided walk will start at 11:00 am.

Intertwined: Forest and Sea at Discovery Park with Sea Potential

The Intertwined: Forest and Sea walk was a beautiful space to be, to share, and to be curious! The day started off with the reflection question: What characteristics of forest or beach would you say reflects your mood today? Our community members reflections ranged from light shining through a forest canopy to the wind on the surface of the water. 

Following, participants then traveled along the shoreline through the in-between of forest and ocean to explore how the two mistakenly separate ecosystems connected with each other.

The walk lasted two hours and ended in heavy rains, but everyone enjoyed their time together, and all left with smiles on their faces

Seattle Arbor Day at Be’er Sheva Park with Trees for Seattle

The Seattle Arbor Day celebration kicked off at Be’er Sheva Park where several trees were planted and a host of GSP partners had booths and displays for community members to explore.

We were even so fortunate to have Ed Dominguez from Seward Park Audubon Center lead a walk exploring birds and their habitats in the surrounding area!

Instagram Live: Fall Crafts with Green Seattle AmeriCorps Members

Fall Crafts centered on a mindful, empowered, connected way to create with nature in your local park or own backyard!

The Green Seattle team spent the morning in one of Seattle’s most iconic and majestic green spaces, Discovery Park, to invite the Green Seattle Partnership online community to get inspired and creative with the autumn foliage in their everyday.

The event streamed Live on Instagram, as natural materials were collected, and then transformed into an earth alter to symbolize our innate connection to the earth and the presence one can feel by the beauty of the natural world: View the video stream here!

Tree Walk with Mountains to Sound Greenway

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust hosted a neighborhood tree walk around the Maple School Ravine neighborhood which sits above the Duwamish Valley in south Beacon Hill.

Participants learned about urban forests and why they make such an impact on communities and the people living in these neighborhoods.

Tree Tour with Freeway Park Association

The Freeway Park Association gathered 11 attendees who explored the park learning about the various trees that make up Freeway Park’s natural canopy. This event elevated the awareness and importance of urban forests to the community, and the unique land use patterns that make up Freeway Park

Western Redcedar with Valerie Segrist and Seward Park Audubon Center

Our friends at Seward Park Audubon Center hosted an event at The Royal Room in Columbia City featuring Valerie Segrest of the Muckleshoot Tribe who spoke on the significance of western redcedar, and its importance to the Coast Salish peoples.

Forests in Cities: A National Perspective of the Management and Care of Urban Natural Areas

Deputy Director of Conservation Science at the Natural Areas Conservancy, Clara Pregitzer, spoke about conversation on how natural areas account for the majority of urban parkland in the U.S, but is not understood at a national scale. The New York City-based Natural Areas Conservancy that has worked with 17-U.S. cities to form the Forests in Cities Network. Seattle has been a leader in this network, contributing case studies and joining in research efforts. Participants walked away with an overview of several resources, including a newly released Urban Silviculture Guide that connects rural forest practices to urban settings.


THANK YOU!

On behalf of Green Seattle Partnership we would like to thank all the local nonprofits, community members, and City staff who supported Seattle Forest Week for Green Seattle Day, and special thanks go out to our event leads, volunteer photographers, staff, and everyone who joined a planting event!

We hope you can continue to work together with us to restore and grow our local urban forest and connect to nature in the city. Green Seattle Day is just the beginning of the planting season for this year. We encourage you to explore all that Seattle’s forests has to offer and join another planting event! View and Register for events here!

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