Nature Consortium Programs
Urban Forest Restoration: All year round, 2-4 times a week, staff and volunteers, of all ages, install native trees and plants, pull out invasive species and lay mulch in this increasingly important forest.
The Arts in Nature Festival: A 2-day outdoor event, averaging 3000 attendees each year. This festival features performance, installation and interactive arts alongside hiking trails and youth activities.
EcoArts: Free art instruction that goes beyond simple technique, demonstrating how the arts can be a conduit of 21st century skill building and environmental education.
Together, these programs:
- Foster a sustainable environment in unique ways
- Build community through education and creative place-making
- Create and demonstrate access to the arts and nature for youth and adults of all backgrounds
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2014, our Urban Forest Restoration Program installed 5280 new native plants into the West Duwamish Greenbelt, pushing 8.5 acres of this forest into active restoration! This was made possible by the hard work and dedication of 2,937 community and corporate volunteers, who came from all over King County, Washington, the U.S and even New Zealand! Our Youth Art Program became the EcoARTS program and engaged 158 of Seattle's least resourced youth in arts and environmental education. Our teaching artists provided 274 hours of instruction. Our gardening arts program at Pathfinder K-8 school served the entire student body (appx 500 students).
The introduction of the EcoARTS program aims to be a progressive, year-round out-of-school program that is offered for free to disadvantaged youth living in our community. To provide access and opportunity to kids least likely to experience art and art education in their schools and/or least likely to learn about and explore nature, we partner with organization's rooted in these communities. Many of these organizations are under-resourced so Nature Consortium's ambition is to fully fund programs that we offer in communities characterized as low-income, minority, immigrant communities.