Youth

Feeling cooped up with kids out of school? Looking for ways for the whole family to connect with nature while staying at home? These resources have ideas for environmental education and fun activities where your whole family can stay connected with the natural world.

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Nature Vision and the Cascade Water Alliance have created at-home science packets for k-12 students. Lessons feature ecosystems, watersheds, and humans and water. Perfect if you are looking for material as a teacher or if you have kids at home.

Check out these awesome children’s activities that the whole family can do (properly social distancing) while exploring the Children’s Garden at Danny Woo Gardens. The guide comes in English and Chinese.

This Green Seattle blog includes a variety of activities you can do from home with kids. It features great environmental education activities like games, community science, and art projects.

Check out the Audubon Society’s Audubon for Kids! Bringing together resources from their national network, the website has activities for kids to learn about birds, plants, and more.

Beautiful coloring sheets from Karen Peterson and King County Noxious weeds that teach you about the noxious weeds we deal with in our area.

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

Tree themed word search from King County Parks.

Get Outside

Looking to get outside? This section has resources to get you moving and breathing fresh air. From scavenger hunts to ways to engage with your community, look in this section for all things outside.

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Scavenger Hunts

Practice identifying native and invasive plants with this plant scavenger hunt.

Gotta find’ em all! Use our Nature Walk Checklist as you get some fresh air, and see what nature is all around you! Great for the whole family, as checklist items get progressively harder to find.

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Neighborhood

Next time you’re out for a walk take a look for teddy bears, or try putting some in your windows to brighten someone’s day! Learn more here.

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!

If you’re looking to learn about local parks or native plants, check out Green Seattle’s Instagram live walks! You can follow them on instagram to learn when the next one is, or check out past walks. This is a great way to learn about plants, parks, and add a little energy to your next outdoor excursion.

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Birding

Check out the Audobon Society’s Birding Resources for all things birding. Learn about how to get started and bird ID, or read about birding stories and communities to get involved with.

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Why get outside?

University of Washington’s Nature and Health Department works to understand the connection between nature and human health. Find events, research, and resources here.

In addition to being beneficial to your physical health, walking in nature has numerous mental health benefits as well.

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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.