For more information contact:
Leah Tivoli | (206) 733-9704 | Leah.Tivoli@seattle.gov
For more information check out the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Report here.
We couldn’t do what we do without the hard work of volunteers, staff and partners. Seattle Parks offers a heart-felt thank you to the thousands of citizens of all ages and abilities, agencies and non-profit groups that volunteer in our parks and help us care for our urban environment. And we encourage all people to join in the fun as more hands are always needed to care for our open spaces.
We offer a variety of environmentally focused programs at Seattle’s parks, community centers, schools and environmental learning centers. Our programs build awareness and knowledge of Seattle’s urban ecosystem, help people make connections to their natural and human communities and spark action, inspiring the next generation of stewards. To enhance our accountability to the residents of Seattle we have made a commitment to track and report our work towards the following environmental goals for our community programs.
FOSTER CONNECTION TO NATURE
Our programs inspire Seattle residents to recognize their personal connections to our urban environment. Programs focus on developing an awareness of the natural world, building life skills, and encouraging a volunteer ethic.
Learn more about the diversity of programs offered in 2013.
EMPOWER RESIDENTS TO TAKE ACTION
Our environmental community programs seek to inspire a sense of connection and responsibility towards our urban ecosystems. Friends of parks groups, park cleanups, forest restoration events and maintenance work-parties for our gardens, orchards, and trails are just some of the staff supported programs we have that empower residents. These programs create community and ensure the health of our parks for future generations.
INCREASE PROGRAM ACCESSIBLITY
Using our 2013 research as a baseline, we are working to expand the reach of environmental learning across Seattle through partnerships with local organizations and by engaging historically under-represented groups in their neighborhood green spaces. Learn more about the Social Justice Map.
These environmental programs are offered by staff and volunteers from our environmental learning centers, community centers, lifelong recreation, community learning centers, and youth and teen programs in neighborhoods with high populations of historically underrepresented groups.
ENGAGE RESIDENTS TO EDUCATE OTHERS
Our Seattle Volunteer Naturalists, Magnuson Nature Docents and Forest Stewards expand our capacity to offer high quality environmental programming to students and the public. They are our citizen ambassadors, helping residents learn about and experience the nature in their own neighborhoods.
GALVANIZE TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS AS STEWARDS
We inspire the next generation of stewards through hands-on, real-world experiences. Our volunteering and employment programs help teens and young adults build connections to nature, develop leadership skills and feel empowered to take actions for a healthy urban environment.
Check out the Outdoor Opportunities, Youth Green Corps, and Youth Employment and Service Learning programs!
Updated October 15, 2014