National Wildlife Federation, Seattle Programs
Connecting People with Nature
Be Out There is a national movement to connect American families to the outdoors. Be Out There leverages National Wildlife Federation's 75-year tradition of education, conservation, and advocacy to get families and communities outside. By providing leadership, support, and practical tools, we will create a generation of happier, healthier children with love and responsibility for nature. Our Be Out There events and programs include the Great American Backyard Campout, Hike & Seek, Eco-Schools USA, Schoolyard Habitats, Certified Wildlife Habitats and more.
Join your neighbors by creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat
From backyards to entire neighborhoods, the Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been engaging people in conservation for over 35 years. Start by certifying your own yard here www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife
Connect with your community at one of our annual events
Great American Backyard Campout – Spend a night learning about camping and nature www.nwf.org/gabc
Hike & Seek – Explore nature in this annual event for kids and families in Seward Park www.nwf.org/hikeandseek
Sign your school or classroom up for Eco-Schools USA
Join 50 countries in this international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action for the environment, with free resources for teachers www.nwf.org/ecoschools
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Last summer, NWF and Camp Long hosted a Great American Backyard Campout with families from High Point in West Seattle. Attendance for Seattle Public Housing Authority families was free at this full capacity event. High Point houses 80% recent immigrants, and most families live below the federal poverty rate. Many participants had never been to Camp Long before, and had never camped overnight just for fun. It was a wonderful outdoor adventure for all, with a campfire circle, storytelling, ranger naturalists, nature walks, and an appearance by Ranger Rick. High Point Neighborhood House translated the event flyer into multiple languages, and provided onsite translators. Families were able to take home educational materials to encourage continued exploration of nature.
We are partnering with Seattle Parks & Recreation’s Camp Long again this summer to host another free Great American Backyard Campout for High Point families, and welcome your donations to help us provide dinner and breakfast, as well as a packet of educational materials for families to take home with them after the event.
Through this event and many others, we continue to engage families, communities and schools throughout the greater Seattle area in activities and education programs to inspire a lifelong appreciation for nature and wildlife.
Click here to connect with National Wildlife Federation and the Seattle Office today! www.nwf.org/pacific