Seward Park Audubon Center Programs
Early Learners ―Toddler Tales & Trails and the Talking Tree introduce children between the ages of one and five to reading, ecology, and the importance of trees through stories and a guided hike in the forest.
Youth ―The goal of all our low-cost and free education programs is to provide students with science-based education in a fun, engaging way. Middle and high School students are introduced to a variety of exciting learning experiences using the Seward Park outdoor classroom. We also provide four weeks of free in-class programs for schools unable to bring students to the park due to transportation or other costs. In the past year, we have subsidized school programs at a 60 percent rate. During the summer we offer low-cost ecology and adventure summer camps for middle school-age youth.
Community Education & Restoration―The Center offers engaging llow-cost and free programs to introduce people of all ages to the natural world. These include free Super Saturday themed events, guided nature walks, birding classes, NW Author Series, and nature art shows. We host habitat restoration and trail building events for the community at large, school and youth groups, businesses, and organizations to improve and sustain the ecosystems of Seward Park.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Highlights from the last year include:
- We recruited and organized 350 volunteers who spent more than 8,600 hours removing invasive ivy, blackberry, and laurel, making park habitat better for people and wildlife, including several species of birds that face pressures from loss of natural habitat.
- We doubled our Toddler Tales & Trails program offerings, providing language and ecological literacy to children ages 1-5 through family story time, songs, games, and a forest exploration.
- Seward Park Audubon Center provided a 60% scholarship rates to participating schools, correlating to their free and reduced lunch rate, with over 75% of students served being of a race other than white.
With more funds we would extend an after-school science program for diverse teens, subsidize more school fieldtrips to the Center, and provide more programs in Spanish, Mandarin, and other languages.