Entertainment

Below is the entertainment that all of us at the Green City Partnerships have been utilizing to keep our connection with the natural world while indoors.

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Watch

The Banff Centre, who hosts the Annual Banff Centre Mountain Film & Book Festival is opening access to many of the festival films allowing us to ‘adventure from home’ with these epic, breathtaking, and inspiring films. Check out their ‘epic films for the great indoors’ here.

We love Live Cams! Explore live cams has streams from around the world featuring amazing wildlife. The Seattle aquarium has footage of the otters streaming all day!


Listen

Living on Earth Podcast is about the world’s changing environment, ecology, and human health.

Listen to the In Defense of Plants Podcast for all things plants.

KUOW’s The Wild– how nature survives and thrives alongside humans.

The Treehugger Podcast is all about the science, practice, and humans of ecological restoration.


Other

Sometimes the best way to relax is to color! Check out Julia Rothman’s beautiful nature coloring sheets.

“A cavalcade of coloring” thanks to the Washington Native Plant Society.

Check out King County Parks tree themed word search. While you’re at it, follow them on Instagram for more fun posts and updates!

Learn

While at home, we at the Green City Partnerships are spending time expanding our knowledge on the latest in ecological restoration. From the basics and local restoration projects, to the newest developments – we invite you to join us in learning and by the time we are back out in the field hosting volunteer events, you’ll be dying to put what you’ve learned to practice.

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Basics


Local Restoration


Check out the adaptive reforestation project happening in our region at Stossel Creek. The project is a partnership between Northwest Natural Resource GroupMountains to Sound GreenwaySeattle City Light, and Seattle Public Utilities.

Green Seattle has a whole lot of urban forest to restore, and plenty of educational resources to explore that restoration. Here is an article exploring the reference ecosystems that guide restoration in Seattle.


The Ever Changing World of Restoration

Adapting stewardship to adaptive migration. Why we protect native species and how climate change may require us to change how we achieve restoration goals.


Webinars and Podcasts

Wednesday webinars with the Society for Ecological Restoration from 1 pm-2 pm.

Green Seattle Partnership online training videos.

The Treehugger Podcast is all about the science, practice, and humans of ecological restoration.

Listen to the In Defense of Plants Podcast for all things plants.

Living on Earth Podcast is about the world’s changing environment, ecology, and human health.

KUOW’s The Wild– how nature survives and thrives alongside humans.

New Hampshire Public Radio’s Outside/In podcast.


Take Action

Though we cannot currently take part in the hands-on local restoration we love, there are still many ways to show up for your environment. This section shares ways for you take action as we head into Earth month.

Earth Day 2020 is here, and it’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! For this week and beyond there are so many ways to take action and celebrate victories in the environment. Check out the home page of Earth Day Northwest 2020, where they have calls for action, webinars, resources, and more for you to get evolved during this momentous time.

REI’s Opt to Act 52-week challenge provides 52 actionable items to stand up for our environment- many of which can be done from within your home.

Take part in community science from your computer by volunteering with Zooniverse – the worlds largest platform for people-powered research.

Looking to volunteer? Check out Volunteer Match for virtual and local volunteer opportunities.

Earth Month is here! Put together a team and take on the Earth Day EcoChallenge alongside a global community.

Do some good and clean-up while out walking by joining Puget Sound Keeper’s #PSKVirtualCleanUp! Go to Instagram to check out what others have accomplished and share your #PSKVirtualCleanUp pictures!

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Weekly Spotlight

There’s a lot of resources out there. Where to start?

Each week you can check here for our weekly spotlights, which will highlight a diverse range of resources and activities to get involved with. With Earth month here and underway, we’re looking forward to seeing how our communities continue to engage, even in the most adverse of times.

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For the week of 4/20 to 4/26

To celebrate Earth Month, and encourage human connection in this challenging time we will be hosting a Green Cities Partnership book club! This will be an opportunity for members from all the Green Cities Partnerships to connect.

Earth Day 2020 is here, and it’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! For this week and beyond there are so many ways to take action and celebrate victories in the environment. Check out the home page of Earth Day Northwest 2020, where they have calls for action, webinars, resources, and more for you to get evolved during this momentous time.

Do some good and clean-up while out walking by joining Puget Sound Keeper’s #PSKVirtualCleanUp! Go to Instagram to check out what others have accomplished and share your #PSKVirtualCleanUp pictures!

For the week of 4/13 to 4/19

Reference Ecosystems (what we’re trying to get to)

The words habitat and ecosystem get thrown around a lot in our line of work, but it’s not often we get to slow down and remind ourselves what we’re restoring to. This post from Green Seattle describes the plant communities we’re actively trying to restore in our PNW urban forests.

Nature Walk Checklist

Love scavenger hunts? Looking to get a little extra flavor in your daily walk? Check out our nature walk checklist, and see if you can track down the many marvelous moments and minutiae of nature in your neighborhood! Great for the whole familiy!

Native Plant Appreciation Month

April is Native Plant Appreciation Month, and while we can’t do the large-scale outdoor restoration we love, there are still plenty of ways to show appreciation. Learn about native plants, spread the word, do some backyard restoration! Washington Native Plant Society is a great place to start learning about native plants, and their blog–Botanical Rambles–is an excellent resource.

For the week of 4/6 to 4/12

Birding! Community Science!

Ever wanted to do community science? Love birds? Now is the perfect time to get involved, as researchers at the UW Quantitative Ecology Lab have a new community science program through eBird. Make observations using a mobile app from the comfort of your backyard or local green space!

The rapid changes in our society may have had profound impacts on the way birds behave on a day-to-day basis. Join in a region-wide effort to discover the truth!

To sign up, check out this page.

The Need to Weed!

As we move out of prime planting season, the need to weed grows stronger than ever! With volunteer events on pause, home invasive weed removal is becoming an increasingly vital part of the restoration landscape. Check out this fun brochure from King County Noxious Weeds, and look to remove these weeds from your green space!

Color Your Space!

Love coloring? Need some inspiration for illustration? Check out these coloring sheets, courtesy of illustrator Julia Rothman. Her works, which include such gems as Farm Anatomy and Nature Anatomy, are full of brilliant illustrations of the natural world, with tips on getting inspired to create your own. Check out the sheets here, and fill your space with colorful nature!

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