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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.  Class and camp registration can also be done online at https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/start.asp.

Camps

  • Spring and fall classes for tots, preschoolers, and elementary-age children
  • Spring-break Camp (ages 6-10)
  • Jr. Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 4-5)
  • Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 6-7)
  • Nature Rangers Summer Camp (ages 8-9)
  • Fresh-from-the-Garden Summer Camp (ages 6-9)

Our camps and classes are chock-full of outdoor adventures! Learn about the plants, animals, birds, worms, and frogs that live in Magnuson Park, and follow butterflies and grasshoppers to explore its natural areas. 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, build nature sculptures, and more. 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)

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, hands-on investigation activities with strong science unit tie-ins, that are customized for the specific park area visited. A great opportunity for elementary school students to get to know this magnificent park and its ecosystems!  Choose from four field trip themes:

  • "Wetland Discoveries":  learn how the Magnuson Wetlands provide good habitat for plants, animals, birds, amphibians, aquatic insects, and other creatures that make their home there.
  • "The Birds of Magnuson Park":  learn how the forest habitats that have been restored in the park are providing many species of songbirds and raptors with the food, water, shelter and nesting places they need in order to thrive, and more.
  • "Life in a Garden":  learn about the organisms that live in healthy soil and compost in the Magnuson Children's Garden taste test organic food crops, learn about plant protection strategies, and more.
  • "Habitat Connections": learn about the ways our neighborhood habitats and storm-water systems are linked to Lake Washington, discover the linked life cycles of the plants, insects, birds, and animals in the wetlands, and more.

Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for more information on each field trip theme.

Nature Walks

  • Family Wetland Walks and Nighttime Nature Walks- bring the whole family for a guided adventure in the new Magnuson Wetlands! 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.
  • Custom Nature Walks- choose your own nature walk theme and park location! Great for small groups of adults or children, birthday parties, home-schooled students, boys and girls clubs, scout, campfire, 4-H groups, and more!

Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for additional information.

Special Events

Join Magnuson Nature Educators and Community Center staff for hands-on indoor and outdoor nature activities for the whole family at our fantastic special events! Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for information on this year's upcoming events.

Magnuson Nature Docent Program, Community and Service Learning Projects

Opportunities abound for volunteers interested in assistance with teaching nature programs, preparing nature craft materials, attending stewardship events, and more. All ages and abilities welcome! Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for more 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! Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for more information.

Magnuson Children's Garden, Bird-Friendly Landscape, and Resource Conservation Landscape

Magnuson Children's Garden is a vibrant oasis located within the 4-acre Magnuson Community Garden, and open FREE to the public 365 days a year.  Come visit and discover a wonderful place for children and families to explore nature! 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 was 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. Visit www.magnusonnatureprograms.com for more information on all 3 of these beautiful and sustainable, volunteer-built gardens!

 
Updated December 9, 2014

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