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NEW! Nature Artists after-school classes for ages 6-12, beginning March 2nd!

Nature’s “built-in” art is all around us, from the delicate and graceful branching of Vine Maples to the coats of moss and lichen on basalt rocks, and so much more. We humans have always been inspired to made art about nature, and from nature itself, which is the inspiration for this brand new, creative class series!

Each class will feature exploration and observation in the Children’s Garden and nearby park areas, followed by a beautiful and…


Added by Emily Bishton on February 20, 2017 at 9:05am — No Comments

Free Magnuson Park field trips for qualifying elementary schools!



Added by Emily Bishton on August 29, 2016 at 2:17pm — No Comments

FREE Wildlife-friendly Gardening class on Oct 20th at Magnuson Community Center

Wildlife-Friendly Gardening: for Beauty and Sustainability

Saturday, October 20th, 2012  9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Location: Magnuson Community…


Added by Emily Bishton on October 12, 2012 at 4:48pm — No Comments

FREE Sustainable Landscaping Class at Magnuson Community Center!

Magnuson Nature Programs is proud to announce it new partnership with the Savvy Gardener Program, to offer FREE sustainable gardening classes. The first class is coming up soon- hope to see you there!
Beautiful Solutions for Gardening on…

Added by Emily Bishton on September 6, 2012 at 8:58am — No Comments

Magnuson Nature Programs June Camps and Free Concert!

Magnuson Nature Programs summer camps got off to a great start with this week's Roots and Shoots Camp, and next week's Wiggly World of Worms Camp is going to be a blast for 16 happy campers. Here's a quick note to update you on other June camp and concert news!

  • We have expanded the camp…

Added by Emily Bishton on June 13, 2012 at 9:28pm — No Comments


Free Gardening Classes on Food-growing and Natural Yard Care, brought to you by Seattle Public Utilities and King Co. Hazardous Waste Management Program

Dive into the spring gardening season with three FREE classes!  Learn the basics of building healthy soil, growing food in the city, choosing the right plants, natural lawn care, natural pest control and smart watering, and how to care for your home landscape in a way that is safe for…


Added by Emily Bishton on March 22, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

New website for Magnuson Nature Programs

Magnuson Community Center's Nature Programs are kicking off 2012 with a series of fun and education, family-oriented events, plus a brand new website!  Visit to find out more about our upcoming "Family Garden Day" on March 11th, "Discovery Days" event on March 17th, the "Celebrate Urban Nature" extravaganza on March 31st, and our entire 2012 calendar of camps, classes, and celebrations!

Added by Emily Bishton on March 1, 2012 at 8:45am — No Comments

Please support Magnuson Community Center

After reading the details of the proposal for drastic budget cuts to Seattle Community Centers made by Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Mayor Mike McGinn, I wrote a letter of support for Magnuson Community Center.  It is posted at


If you would like to add your support for Magnuson, please write an email to and…


Added by Emily Bishton on September 23, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Magnuson Children's Garden- Spring and Summer fun!

The Magnuson Children's Garden is located inside the park, near the entry to the Community Garden. Built and maintained by volunteers since 2002, it is a vibrant, life-filled space for children and their parents to explore. The volunteers in the Children's Garden Committee will be hosting lots of great events this summer, all of which are fun for the whole family.  You are always welcome to come by to lend a hand in sustaining this garden for an hour or two, or just drop in to enjoy our…


Added by Emily Bishton on April 14, 2011 at 9:57am — No Comments

Free cold frame, anyone?

Hi there,

We have a real nice, open-able 6ft x 2ft skylight that was removed from our house during a re-roof, so that we can have more room for solar panels.  The double-paned glass and aluminum frame are completely intact, and it even has a crank and removable screen.  We asked the…


Added by Emily Bishton on February 16, 2011 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Congratulations to all the "heavy hitters" at Planet Home!

Thanks to all who put on this great event- I think you hit a home run out of the park!

Added by Emily Bishton on August 23, 2010 at 3:22pm — No Comments

New FREE programs at Magnuson Park; gardening and nature classes, wetland tours, etc.

Magnuson Park is becoming more and more of a resource to our community, and to sustainability goals for this region. It's a 350-acre gem that many of its closest neighbors haven't explored, and it's well worth the visit, especially now. This spring marks the debut of a variety of FREE gardening and nature programs for adults and families, and an expansion of existing programs for children. All are sponsored by Magnuson Park Community Center, whose Advisory Council has made a strong commitment… Continue

Added by Emily Bishton on March 22, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Possible movie event

While attending the NW Premiere event for the documentary, 'A Chemical Reaction', on Feb 20th, I purchased a DVD of the movie from the producer. I would be willing to bring it to a future Sustainable NE Seattle meeting for a screening if enough members were interested, or in having a small gathering at my home to show it if there are only a handful of people. It's a powerful movie but not heavy-handed. The 75 people who attended the Feb 20th event were all very moved, as was I. To see a trailer… Continue

Added by Emily Bishton on March 11, 2010 at 2:06pm — No Comments

NW Premiere of an Inspiring New Documentary


I am posting this on behalf of the Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals (COOL), of which I am a member:

The Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals (COOL) and Seattle Tilth are proud to present the NW Premiere of the documentary film, 'A Chemical Reaction'.

Much of the film’s story focuses on Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist who spurred the first town in Canada to ban lawn and garden chemicals pesticides in 1991. This action set off a chain of… Continue

Added by Emily Bishton on February 3, 2010 at 7:26pm — No Comments

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