SWS June Forum: Walk Longfellow Creek Watershed & Learn About Wetlands, Wildlife, Restoration & Development

Dragonfly PavilionJoin Sustainable West Seattle for an urban hike through one of Seattle’s most beautiful watershed environments. The Longfellow Creek Watershed drains almost 3000 acres of West Seattle, and is one of only four waterways left in Seattle which flows freely year-round.

Sustainable West Seattle’s June Community Hike meets at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 17, at the corner of 26th Avenue SW and SW Yancy St.  This is one block west of Delridge Way SW and one block south of SW Andover.

While walking the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, you will see wetlands, native meadows, conifer forests, a beaver dam, and large-scale public art installations. As we follow the trail we will see areas highly modified by development, effects of polluted runoff from rain, restoration efforts along the creek, and sites featuring low impact development/green infrastructure techniques (such as raingardens). This walk will help demonstrate how Seattle residents’ everyday activities can impact the natural environment in their own backyards, and what you can do to help preserve the health of our urban watersheds.

The Watershed Walk is co-sponsored by Sustainable West Seattle and the King Conservation District.

Volunteers who wish to help shepherd the group along the walk should  show 6:00 pm.

Access to the area by Metro bus is via routes 50, 120 and 125.  Each of these has a stop within one or two blocks of the meeting point. There is also plenty of street parking, and signs or trees for locking bikes.