Join us for Green Seattle Day 2010!

Looking to volunteer in a local park,  plant native trees and shrubs, and get to know your neighbors? If so, then Green Seattle Day on November 6th from 10am-2pm is the event for you!
Green Seattle Day is the kick off to the Green Seattle Partnership planting season and is a celebration of our neighborhood parks and committed volunteers. On November 6th from 10am-2pm, 1,000 volunteers are expected to gather in 14 parks across Seattle to lend a hand in restoration.   Interested volunteers can search for a local park and register on the Green Seattle Partnership Website: www.greenseattle.org.

You maybe thinking, “Why should I spend the day in a local park when I could be sitting on the couch watching TV?” Well, here are just a few reasons:
1. Green Seattle Day gives you they opportunity to take an active role in the restoration of your local park. More than that! You will get to name the plant you put in the ground and you can return and give your plant pep talks, or take photos as it grows throughout the years!

2.The day of volunteering will allow you to meet your neighbors and even make some new friends. We have found that pulling out ivy and planting trees are actions that bring out the friend making vibes in folks.

3. FREE STUFF! ohhh, now I have your attention. We are going to be giving out fancy Green Seattle Partnership t-shirts to all present volunteers and there will also be some other sweet giveaways at our hub sites, Lower Woodland Park and Camp Long. Not all sites have the same giveaways, but you will be greatly rewarded with a happy feeling inside no matter where you spend the day volunteering and having fun.

So! We would like to cordially invite you NO, challenge you to spend your Saturday morning on November 6th hanging out with GSP folks, planting trees, and making new friends. Find your local park and sign up for a work party (www.greenseattle.org) ! See you in the parks!!!

If you have any questions or would like to organize a group of volunteers for the event please contact Katie at katieca@cascadeland.org or 206-905-6952.

Fall Tree Festival

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Wright Park, Tacoma

In addition to tree climbing kids can create leaf art projects and go on a scavenger hunt. All activities are free. The Festival is sponsored by Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma. The kids’ tree climbing will be supervised by a certified arborist who will bring ropes, harnesses and helmets to help kids climb safely. Arborists from Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma will also be on hand to answer tree care questions.

This treasured park in the heart of Tacoma has been recently refurbished thanks to the voter approved 2005 Park Improvement Bond. While the kids climb trees, adults can stroll new pathways, relax beside the restored pond, check out the new basketball court, horseshoe pits and lawn bowling greens or catch up on work with free wireless internet.

For information on the Fall Tree Festival, call 253-305-1022. All activities are free!

It’s NeighborWoods Month!

October is the Alliance for Community Trees’ annual community service campaign, which in October 2009 resulted in over 700 volunteer events delivered by local partners in 231 cities across the country. Campaign partners planted 36,000 trees, engaged 24,000 volunteers, and educated the public about sustainability through education and media outreach.

Of course it’s always neighborwoods month in the Green Cities Network, but this month, as we look towards a new planting season with events all over the region, we’re extra excited to be joining a movement across the country taking care of community forests and street trees. Many Green Cities events are posted on the national NeighborWoods calendar, and we encourage everyone to post your events if you don’t see them up there. You can apply for some free event materials when you post your event, submit photos to their photo contest, and see what everyone else is up to this month.