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Magnuson Community Center
Nature Programs

 
Information: (206) 684-7026
Address: 7110 62nd Avenue NE, 98115 (Map It)

Nature Programs

At 350 acres, Magnuson is Seattle’s second largest park, and contains a unique variety of habitats that are home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds, insects, and other wildlife. Since 2005, Magnuson Community Center has been offering a variety of fun and educational nature programs for children and adults.

Stop by the Magnuson Community Center in the park’s Historic District for a map and a visit to its two demonstration gardens.  Then explore miles of trails that take you through forest, grassland, garden, lakeshore, an exciting 20-acre wetlands complex, and one of the largest community gardens on the west coast.

For more details on each of the programs listed below, visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com  To register for any nature program, contact Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026 or register online at www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/magnuson.htm

Camps

  • Mid-winter and Spring-break Camp (K-3)
  • Jr. Nature Explorers Camp (ages 4-5)
  • Nature Explorers Camp (ages 6-7)
  • Nature Rangers Camp (ages 8-9)
  • Fresh-from-the-Garden Camp (ages 6-9)

Camps and classes during school breaks and summer vacation, filled with outdoor adventures at Magnuson Park! Learn about the plants, animals, birds, worms, and frogs that live there, and follow butterflies and grasshoppers to explore natural areas within the park. See new life unfold each week as you plant an organic food garden and snack on its seedlings, learn about the worms and other “critters” that live beneath our feet, and build nature forts. Each class and camp includes age-appropriate crafts and songs, and each has a different nature theme. Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for additional information.

Field Trips (Pre-school and Grades K-3)

Weekday mornings and afternoons during the school year and summer break take a 90-minute guided tour to explore some of the most unique features inside Magnuson Park!  Each field trip includes age-appropriate, fun and educational activities that are customized for the specific park area visited, each including hands-on investigation and stewardship. A great opportunity for preschool-3rd grade classrooms, home-schooled students, boys and girls clubs, scout, campfire, and 4-H groups to get to know this magnificent park and its inhabitants!  Choose from three field trip themes:

  • “Wetland Discoveries”:  learn how the Magnuson Wetlands help restore the natural functions of the Sand Point Peninsula and provides good habitat for plants, animals, amphibians, and other creatures that make their home in the park.
  • “The Birds of Magnuson Park”:  learn how the wildlife habitats that have been created in the Magnuson Historic District are providing many species of songbirds and raptors with the food, water, shelter and nesting places they need in order to thrive.
  • “Life in a Garden”:  learn about all the ingredients and tiny residents of healthy soil, and how it has been created in the Magnuson Children’s Garden and Community Garden.  Participate in growing or harvesting organic food crops, and more.

Fee: $100.00 minimum for up to 20 children, $5 per child for up to 30 children.  No charge for teachers and parent chaperones.  Free parking for cars and buses. Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for additional field trip information.

Family Nature Explorers

  • Wetland Walks on the 2nd Saturday of each month from April-Nov.
  • Nighttime Nature Walks on the 1st Friday in June, July, and August
  • Bring the whole family for a guided adventure in the new Magnuson Wetlands!  See the arrival of insects and migratory birds, seasonal ebb and flow of water, lush growth of plants, and quiet times of fall.  The hours just before and after sunset are when nocturnal wildlife is most active.  and a great time to discover just “whoo” is up and about!  Each walk has have a different theme with fun, hands-on exploration activities for all ages.  Binoculars and field guides will be provided, or bring your own.

Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for additional information.

Special Events

  • Discovery Days! (all ages) Join Magnuson Nature Educators for hands-on indoor and outdoor nature activities for the whole family. Each event features a different theme with several different “Discovery Center” stations, a nature project to take home for your home or garden, and a nature scavenger hunt.
  • Celebrate Urban Nature! (all ages) Join in the fun at our annual celebration to kick off spring! Celebrate and explore the natural wonders that are all around us in the city. Featuring a concert for tots, nature booths, games, workshops, and more!

Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for additional information.

Explorer Pack Rentals

Explore Magnuson Park with everything you’ll need for a fun-filled, self-guided adventure!  Explorer packs are available at Magnuson Community Center to check out for $5.00 per day.  Great for families and small youth groups.  Choose from 2 different packs:  ‘The Birds of Magnuson Park’ or ‘Wetland Discoveries’.  Each contains maps, field guides, binoculars, games, and an activity booklet for each child to keep!

Bird-Friendly Landscape and Resource Conservation Landscape

The Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape was created to provide the 4 main elements of good habitat for resident and migratory birds, and to illustrate how well these can fit into your own backyard! The Resource Conservation Landscape is under construction right now, and designed to illustrate how to landscape sloped areas to prevent erosion and preserve water quality.  Stop by the Community Center to visit these beautiful demonstration gardens, built by teams of community volunteers, and filled with colorful plants, signs, and other delightful features.  Free brochures are available that will help you create your very own beautiful and sustainable landscape at home.

Teen Service Learning

Opportunities abound for outdoor projects and program support!  Teens can choose from assisting during nature camps or classes, preparing nature crafts materials, attending garden work parties, and more.

Summer Family Urban Campouts

Beach campouts with naturalist led bat walks and bird walks.

Summer Parks Corps Camp (middle school & high school)

Environmental Stewardship and educational program co-sponsored with EarthCorps.

 
Updated February 9, 2012

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