Capacity Building Grant Opportunity

NEEFThe National Environmental Education Foundation’s Public Lands Program (PLP) is giving away 10 small grants of $1,000 to community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits whose mission is focused on serving a public lands site. These grants are designed to provide funding to strengthen the organizational effectiveness of these groups. Capacity Building can take many forms, including, but not limited to, strategic planning, marketing, volunteer development, leadership capacity (board or executive), improved fundraising, assessments or staff training.

Applications are due on December 1, 2009.
To learn more or to download an application take a look at their website:


Celebrate National Public Lands Day!


National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2008, 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, and planted over 1.6 million trees. Join us at one of our many Green Cities events for the 16th annual National Public Lands Day.

Tacoma: 2nd Annual Green Tacoma Day, various sites, including Julia’s Gulch, Oak Tree Park, Point Defiance Park, Puget Creek, Tacoma Community College, and Titlow Beach, 9am-12pm

Seattle: Schmitz Preserve, West Duwamish Greenbelt, and Coleman Park, various times

Redmond: Idylwood Beach Park, 9am-12pm

Kirkland: Kiwanis Park, 9am-12pm

Kent: Lake Fenwick Park, 9am-12pm

For more information on National Public Lands Day, visit their website.

Save the date: Green Tacoma Day September 26, 2009

Green Tacoma Day 2008Discover Tacoma’s Natural Treasures at the 2nd annual Green Tacoma Day to be held on September 26th in conjunction with National Public Lands Day.
–  Join thousands of other Americans across the country celebrating National Public Lands Day.
–  Help protect and restore your favorite local park, gulch, shoreline and garden.
–  Learn more about your favorite recreation destination from experienced Habitat Stewards.
–  Discover something new by taking a walking, hiking, or bike tour of Tacoma’s Natural Areas.

More information to come at