Nature Walk on Saturday

Even if its raining, which it usually is this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, you can still enjoy the great outdoors, especially with Metro Parks.

Nature Walks with a certified Naturalist. Discover plants and animals and discuss how they interact with the world around us.

  • Nov 3rd 10-11am Swan Creek Park – 2820 Pioneer Way E
  • Nov 17th 10-11am Oak Tree Park – 74th and Cedar near playground

Cost is: FREE and walks are not recommended for children under age 3.

Note: Bring raincoats and boots – splashing in puddles is fun too!

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5th Annual Green Tacoma Day

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Metro Parks is hosting a Green Tacoma Day on October 20th. This is a city-wide effort to help clean up green spaces, enjoy Arbor Day through awareness and education.

For the first time ever, Green Tacoma Day will wrap Tacoma’s Arbor Day celebration and Metro Parks’ Fall Tree Festival with the celebration of Tacoma’s open and natural green spaces.

Activities at Point Defiance Include:

* Kid’s tree climbing
* Art activities including Poet-tree (featured at last year’s Arbor Day event downtown)
* Tree tai chi
* Coupons for discounts on trees at local nurseries and TAGRO coupons
* Ask an Arborist booth
* Commemorative planting of cherry trees
* Presentation of Tacoma’s 19th Tree City USA award and Tacoma Power’s 9th Tree Line USA award by the Commissioner of Public Lands to Mayor Strickland

Fall Tree Festival
10am-3pm
This year the Tree Festival will be held at Point Defiance in conjunction with Green Tacoma Day! Kids can climb a tree, create leaf art projects, go on a scavenger hunt and participate in other activities. Staff arborists will be on hand to answer tree care questions.

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Reading and Science at Metro Parks Conservatory

Conservatory Story Hour
Wednesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the Conservatory’s beautiful flowers for monthly story telling sessions

  • October 10 – The Very Busy SpiderArt: Spider Web PaintingScience: Spiders
  • November 14 – Carlos and the Squash PlantArt: “The Three sisters”Science: Pumpkins, Gourds and Squash
  • December 12 – The Possible TreeArt: Evergreen ArtScience: Trees
  • February 13 – Forest Night, Forest BrightArt: Animal FootprintsScience: The Forest in Winter
  • March 13 – Make Way for DucklingsArt: Paper DucklingScience: Signs of Spring
  • April 10 – Mama, Is it Summer Yet?Art: Cut Paper SilhouettesScience: The Reason for the Seasons
  • May 8 – In the Children’s GardenArt: Flower Collage Note HolderScience: Planting Seeds

via Metro Parks Tacoma.

Hike and Seek in Seattle

As many of you know, I am a HUGE proponent of outdoor time for everyone. (see our Summertime Challenge series)  I think we ALL feel better after we have spent a bit of time in the great outdoors. In my family, we are always less cranky after going for a walk or even a picnicking outside.  This looks to be a great opportunity for the people of the greater Seattle area to experience nature!

Cost is $12 for adult and $7 for youth ($15 and $9 the day of the event)

Hike & Seek Seattle will take place at the beautiful 300-acre Seward Park. The adventure will be held on October 13, 2012 on a ~2 mile hiking trail, where kids can connect with nature and interact with five adventurous Stop & Study locations.

By trading screen time for green time, this go-at-your-own-pace event will surely create a lasting impression and promote a healthy lifestyle for kids of all ages!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Please note: You must arrive between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.)

Seward Park

5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S

Seattle, Washington 98118

via Seattle – National Wildlife Federation.

Nature Journal

I love fun crafty ideas.  Some stuff is just too skilled and takes years to learn to do right, like my friend who can sew anything.  Other things, that take an eye for balance, maybe color and a little bit of time…that is more my bag.  In an effort to keep my kids engaged, I try to do some interesting craft type things that have some hold-over value.  It builds the fine motor skills, but is also something they can tell a story with.

This next craft is a Nature journal and is inspired by two things: Pinterest (of course) and a tweet I saw from @ThurstonTalk.

From Pinterest

A nature journal is something you write down what you observe on your walks through parks, beaches, and even in your own backyard.  By having children write down their own ideas of what is interesting, you can gain insight into what they find fun and it also builds critical thinking skills.

In Thurston County, the LOTT Wet Science Center has a FREE craft where you can create your own nature journal activity.  Kids can make their own books Saturday, June 2nd between 10-4pm.

500 Adams Street NE

Then, you can take the kids on any number of trips later that day down in Olympia.  (all ideas from the Thurston Talk website:

  • Bird watching at East Bay
  • Family Bike Ride
  • Tumwater Historical Park for the NW Run for Rhett event. (It starts at 9, so the kiddos will have to make the books after)
  • The water at Port Plaza