City Funds Available To Support ‘Night Out’ Activities, Apply for Grants Online

Seattle Night Out logoThe City wants you to know that funds are available to neighborhoods to support Night Out 2014 activities.  The Small Sparks Fund provides matching funds to support community engagement, the deadline to apply is June 23.

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 30th Annual Night Out on August 5, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event and activities.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 23 at 5:00 pm, but you must register on the Department’s  web-based application system before June 20 to apply.

For information on the application process, visit or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round with no date deadline.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit

Seattle Parks’ Volunteer Naturalist Program Seeks Volunteers For Summer Teaching

Parks DocentsSeattle Parks and Recreation Lists Seattle Volunteer Naturalist Program 2014 – Share your love and knowledge of urban nature with park visitors!

Deadline for applications is Feb 12!!

Do you love sharing nature with others? Are you interested in learning more about the flora and fauna of Seattle’s many public green spaces and parks? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist program. Volunteer Naturalists participate in 10 weeks of training and commit to providing 12 programs a year at Environmental Learning Centers and in parklands near schools throughout Seattle.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Naturalists provide hands-on learning opportunities for school groups and nature programs for families and adults at Discovery Stations, destination locations throughout parks that present visitors with a theme and natural objects that help them discover their backyard parks. For example, volunteers would have a spotting scope at Bald Eagle nest locations and at Green Lake Park so visitors could follow the nesting cycle of Bald Eagles or Pied Billed Grebes. Another is a station at Me Kwa Mooks Beach or Discovery Park Beach with shells and information about intertidal creatures. One could be a Forest Station to introduce people to the many plants, mammals and birds that make the forested parklands home.

Volunteers’ backgrounds are as varied as the students they teach – the common thread is their desire to share nature with the greater Seattle community.

The goal of the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist Program is to enhance, promote and foster appreciation of nature by connecting citizens and students with their Seattle parklands, by providing educational opportunities for all.

Training begins in March 22, 2014.

Deadline for applications is February 12, 2014.  For more information and to get an application, please email Penny Rose at or call  at 206-386-4250.

August Community Forum: Our Annual Lincoln Park Picnic @ Shelter #3

2012 SWS picnicJoin Sustainable West Seattle this coming Monday, August 19th for our annual community harvest celebration and picnic.  We will be gathering at Shelter #3, the large shelter with a barbecue grill on the southern end of the park near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal dock.

The picnic begins around 4:30 pm with the preparation of the grill. We should have everything ready for celebrating by 5:00 pm.  Members, guests, and new folks who want to check out this group are asked to bring a potluck item to share — side dish OR dessert would be great.  SWS will provide the protein for the BBQ + condiments.  Bring your own dishes/utensils, if possible.  The picnic continues through sunset on the beach and usually concludes around 9:00 pm with shelter area clean-up.

We’ll honor a few of the amazing people in our local community, too – Sustainability Champion and Volunteer of the Year.  Also, consider bringing your acoustic instrument to share a song or two with our creative & playful group…maybe a community jam will happen?!  We’d love to hear about the “green” things you’ve been up to in the last year!  Come on out and connect with an inspring community of people, ideas, and practice!

GreenLIfe Applications Now Available for West Seattle Summer Fest July 12-14

GreenLife-Logo-SquareSustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association are pleased to announce that the application for the 2013 GreenLife section of West Seattle Summer Fest is now available online.

Summer Fest is West Seattle’s three-day street festival and GreenLife is a special section of the festival focusing on sustainability and environmentally-friendly approaches with presentations, for-profit and non-profit booths and representatives, and live urban farm animals.  This year’s Summer Fest and GreenLIfe are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 12, 13 and 14.

The GreenLife application requires a $20 application fee. The fee for a non-profit is $75 for all three days.  The fee for a for-profit is $250 for all three days. The application deadline is May 15th, but we usually fill up prior to this date so get your application in early.

Click on the GreenLIfe logo to see a listing of last year’s presentations on the GreenLife stage.

If you are not able to table for all three days, but are interested in tabling for a day or a half-day, please let SWS know.  We have two tables available for groups that can only table for part of the festival.  The fee is $25 per day.

For more information contact Christina Hahs at To download the application form go to

Alki Summer Streets Is Back! Apply for slot by April 18, Have Fun on Beach

Alki Summer Streets SkaterAlki Summer Streets is back! This free event opens the city’s largest public space –  its streets – so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop – without having to watch out for cars! Expect TONS of fun activities for people of all ages. As in the past, Summer Streets is partnering with the West Seattle High School PTSA 5K Run/Walk.

Flying Skater photo courtesy West Seattle Herald – Patrick Robinson photographer.

Alki Avenue SW will be closed to traffic for the festival from 63rd Avenue SW to 56th Avenue SW from 11:00 am through 5:00 pm.  Alki Avenue SW will be closed from Armeni Boat Launch through 63rd Avenue SW between 9:00 am through 11:00 am.

Get Involved. Sign up to participate on the Summer Streets web site by April 18 to ensure a spot and get on our activity map. The neighborhood is looking forward to the event. Host an activity, promote a special sale and expose your organization to thousands of neighbors!

Summer Streets fosters civic pride and represent investments in Seattle’s vitality, livability and diversity. Show you care about your neighborhood and engage thousands of fellow Seattleites during this fantastic Sunday party. If you have participated before, you know how fun and rewarding Summer Streets is, and you’re invited back to come and play.

Follow Summer Streets on Facebook to get the latest scoop and see videos and pictures of past events. Email questions to

Thanks from all of us at Summer Streets. We look forward to seeing you in Alki! 

SDOT Needs Input-Bike Master Plan Updates, Interactive Map now Online

Bike Master Plan Update Now Online, SDOT needs citizen feedback and review.

Bicycle Master Plan Update

Show us! Tell us!

The Seattle Department of Transportation has worked with many groups and citizens during the past several months as the Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) was being updated.  They now want to hear from you and community groups, whether you and community members currently ride a bike or not and whether the updates and proposals meet neighborhood scrutiny.  Click here for an interactive map where you can see what the proposed improvements are.

 SDOT has posted draft materials online for review; and they want your feedback on:

  • Draft citywide bicycle network map -are there streets missing a bike facility? Are there streets where a bike facility should be removed or relocated?
  • Draft bicycle facility designation criteria-does it make sense?
  • Proposed policy framework-do you have comments on the goals, or other recommended changes?
  • Potential programs-which programs do you think will help us achieve the plan goals?

You can find all of the materials and an interactive onlinemap, as well as the November public meeting presentation at

Please use the interactive map and comment sheet to provide SDOT and the Bicycle Master Plan team your input by December 17.  Email the comment sheet to by Monday, December 17.

If you’d like SDOT to come speak to your community group feel free to email that request to the same email address –

Georgetown Carnival Saturday: Power Tool Races, Music, & Cool Spaces Open to Public

Power tool races and more at the annual Georgetown Carnival, this Saturday, June 9.  Party, listen to music, eat, drink, be merry and communicate one-on-many with your neighbors and fellow festival-goers.  For info and more cool stuff, go to their website.

The music and display venues are places often not open to the public, so the Georgetown Carnival is an open house as well as a fantastic street festival.  You should go !

The forecast is mixed: Accuweather – cloudy with rain; Weather Channel – partly sunny with clouds/possible rain/ Weather Underground – Overcast with chance or rain.

Walking on Logs Needs Able-bodied Help with Hole Digging and Tree Planting

The Walking on Logs Landscape Restoration Group (WOLLRG) is excited to announce that the new landscaping for the Walking on Logs site will be installed later this Saturday, April 21st, and Saturday, April 28th. We obtained final sign-off from SDOT for our landscaping plan in November 2011. On April 21 we will be at the site laying out the planting diagram and using augurs to dig the holes for the trees and shrubs that will be going in on the following Saturday, April 28.

We are looking for volunteers. For Saturday, April 21, we need a dozen or so very able bodied volunteers to work in two hour shifts to handle the two-person augurs; we will also need volunteers for blackberry removal, trash pick-up and bagging up green waste for disposal.

For Saturday April 28, we’ll need volunteers, again in two hour shifts, for additional blackberry removal, putting trees and shrubs into the ground, applying soil amendments, staking trees, and collecting and bagging green waste for removal. Safety goggles and ear plugs (as needed) will be supplied as well as safety vests for all volunteers.

Anyone willing to help with blackberry removal will need to bring their own sturdy leather gloves. We have a small supply of cotton gloves for use in other tasks. All volunteers should be aware that the site is not easy to negotiate. In addition to the steep slope, the ground is uneven and will be quite muddy. Volunteers should email us at to let us know which date(s) and time(s) you are available and which tasks you are able to help out with. Ruth will get back with you to confirm dates/times and provide additional details.

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Funding was also provided by the West Seattle Garden Tour and numerous West Seattle residents.

Parks Offering 5-Day 4-H Low Ropes Challenge Course Training

Seattle Parks is offering a five-day 4-H Low Ropes Challenge Course Facilitator Training at Camp Long.  This activity is growing in popularity so come and explore the ropes course!

Last year Seattle Parks and Washington State University 4-H opened Seattle’s first public low ropes challenge course at Camp Long in West Seattle.

Now, as the activity grows in popularity, Parks offers courses to train educators, counselors, and others interested in teaching through direct experience outdoors, in how to host group activities at the Camp Long course. The training takes place Tuesday through Saturday, May 15-19, from 9 am to 5:30 pm at Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. SW. The cost is $250.

After successful completion of the training, participants will be able to facilitate events at the Camp Long low ropes course.

A low ropes course is a set of real and imaginary challenges that inspire a group to collaborate to get a task done. Low ropes courses can include cables, ropes and obstacles attached to trees to test strength, agility and balance, and can also challenge participants to confront such fears as those of falling or losing control. Group members take on the role of spotters to ensure safety.

At the Camp Long course, several elements of the ropes course are integrated into the forested areas. WSU 4–H, through 30 years of adventure education experience, has developed curricula that strengthen critical life skills including decision making, self confidence, positive risk taking, self esteem, teamwork, and leadership.

Camp Long is one of Seattle’s best kept secrets. Located in West Seattle, this 68 acre oasis in the city offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb, learn about natural history, and visit or rent the rustic Lodge, built during the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. For more information see Parks website

For more information and to sign up for on the low ropes challenge course training, please call Challenge Course Manager Ken Turner at 206-399-2205 or email him at

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Seahurst Park’s Environmental Science Center Announces Spring/Summer Classes – Bigfoot Adventure Series

Environmental Science Center announces their Bigfoot Adventure Series

He’s big. He’s furry.  He loves nature. He’s Bigfoot! And he’s got his own adventure series at the Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park, Burien.  Please join ESC for these free family-friendly programs to learn about Bigfoot’s favorite things: birds, bugs, and the beach!

Map and Compass Skills

  • Saturday, May 19th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Bigfoot Basics: Map and Compass Skills

Bigfoot doesn’t get lost in Seahurst Park and neither should you! Learn the basics of using a map and compass from Rick Davis, trained naturalist and expert guide.  Class may not be suitable for children under 8. Please bring your own compass.

Registration is required, email

Crab Quest

  • Sunday, June 3rd from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm noon
  • Bigfoot Beach: Crab Quest

Do you dare enter the Intertidal Kingdom to seek the wonders of crab and kin?  Join Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists to find exciting creatures and learn their secrets of survival. No registration required.  Meet naturalists on the beach. Then, drop in for additional activities at the Environmental Science Center.

No Angry Birds in My Backyard

  • Saturday, June 23rd from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Bigfoot Birds: No Angry Birds in my Backyard

Not all birds are bent on destroying pigs.  Learn about the birds you can attract to your own home from wildlife photographer, Dan Streiffert.  Also, check-out displays and activities.  Space is limited, so pre-register by emailing

Tidal Treasures

  • Sunday, July 1st from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm noon
  • Bigfoot Beach: Tidal Treasures

Ahoy! Make no mistake. Ye find no gold or gems here.  But the treasures of the tide pools far outweigh their worth in gold.  Join Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists to discover the wonders of the beach.  No registration required.  Meet naturalists on the beach.  Then, drop in for additional activities at the Environmental Science Center.

Power of Plants

  • Saturday, July 14th from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Bigfoot Backwoods: The Power of Plants

Food, medicine, clothing, shelter, and beauty.  Plants do it all! Learn about plant uses from herbal scientist, Vicki Winston.  Then, join a naturalist for a native plant hike at Seahurst Park.  No registration required.

It’s an Insectival

  • Saturday, July 28th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Bigfoot Bugs: It’s an Insectival!

A celebration of insects, spiders, and their relatives.  Come see insect collections, talk with insect societies and experts, make insect art, play bug games, and learn about insects on expert-guided hikes. No registration required.

All classes start at the Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park which is located at the north end of the beach.  Parking in lower and upper parking lots.

Please note that some programs require registration.  Send names and number attending to:

For more information contact  Jennifer DumlaoEnvironmental Science Center, at 206-248-4266 or by email at or visit their website at

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