Partnership Highlight: Sail Sand Point

Sail Sand Point’s mission is to bring the joy and life-enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Sail Sand Point offers learn-to-sail camps and classes, race team coaching, boat storage and more. In addition, the non-profit organization has a robust outreach program in place, awards thousands of dollars in program scholarships, and is dedicated to incorporating a STEM curriculum into all their youth camps and classes. Sail Sand Point is also developing their adaptive sailing program, where a boater with a physical disability can come sail or paddle any day of the week.

Public Benefits:

Free community events: Sail Sand Point offers free community events throughout the summer. Click here to see an up-to-date list of events.

  • Friday Night E-Scow Sailing: Every Friday night between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Sail Sand Point offers free Friday night e-scow sailing. Rides start at 6 p.m. and are first come, first serve. These rides are a great opportunity to sail a high-performance boat with a skilled skipper. Be advised that this is a hands-on experience suited for adults and teens who have small boat sailing experience.
  • Full Moon Sail: Full Moon Sails are held from June-September on the Saturday closest to the full moon. The event starts around 8 p.m. with a dessert potluck. Volunteers skipper RS Quests, Hobie Waves, FJ’s and keelboats, or you can take a boat out on your own. Boat spaces are on a first come, first serve basis so arriving early is recommended. Click here to see this year’s Full Moon Sail dates.
  • Party on the Pier: This event offers an evening of free boat rides, live music, drinks and food. Party on the Pier is typically held on the last Saturday of July.

Camps and classes: Sail Sand Point offers a variety of sailing, paddling, racing and boating camps and classes for youth 5-17 and adults at Magnuson Park. Summer youth camps offer half and full-day options that provide a fun way to experience sailing and paddling for the first time, to master new skills in intermediate classes, or to just hang out on the water with friends. Adult programs offer an opportunity for people of all experience levels to learn new skills and grow as a sailor. Scholarships are available for youth camps and adult classes. Learn about current offerings here.

Scholarships:  Sail Sand Point offers half and full scholarships to youth and adults alike, so that no one is excluded from the opportunity to come to Sail Sand Point and learn on the water, regardless of financial circumstances. Apply for scholarships here.

Race teams for students: Sail Sand Point Youth Sailing is designed to use racing as both an exciting sport and as a learning tool for participants to become better sailors.  Practices are generally held 2-3 times a week after school. Sailors also may compete in several weekend regattas throughout the season. Some sailing experience is important, but prior racing experience is not necessary for participation in any of the teams. This program involves the dedication of parents as well as sailors. Click here for more information.

Programs for underserved youth: Sail Sand Point offers Shipmates, a mission based program that provides groups of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds the unique opportunity to get out on the water sailing, paddling, and exploring our marine environment in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The goal of Shipmates is to break down the traditional barriers to sailing and on-the-water recreation activities, so that anyone can experience the sense of freedom, responsibility, joy, and passion for sailing that come from working together as shipmates to handle a boat. Scholarships are available for this program. Learn more here.

Boat storage: Sail Sand Point offers discounted boat storage (75% of market rate) for human or wind powered, hand launchable small boats. This includes kayaks/canoes, rowing dinghies, small hand-launchable sailboats, and anything else you can come up with! The boat storage yard is located at Sail Sand Point’s facility on the north shore of Magnuson Park on Lake Washington. The boat yard is uncovered, and sailboats may be stored mast up. Sail Sand Point’s boat storage is designed to make Lake Washington more accessible to small boat owners and to make water recreation accessible to all. Boat storage users have 24/7 access to their boats. Learn more here.

Open boating: Sail Sand Point offers their facility to qualified sailors and paddlers through their Open Boating program. Similar to boat rentals, Open Boating allows anyone from the community to use boats from Sail Sand Point’s fleet when they are not being used in other programs. Sailors who demonstrate proficiency can check out a sailboat with an annual pass or pay by the hour. Kayaks and stand up paddleboards are available to rent without a skills proficiency test. The goal of Open Boating is to introduce people to Sail Sand Point and allow anyone to get on the water in an easily accessible and affordable way. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: Sail Sand Point offers a simple volunteer program that allows anyone to get involved with the organization, become part of their community, and earn free sailing! Volunteers help with a wide variety of projects throughout the year, ranging from facility and boat maintenance to marketing and office assistance. Anyone interested in participating may do so by filling out their application form which will create an online volunteer account. Once you have an account and are approved by Sail Sand Point staff, you will be able to view volunteer opportunities and sign up for shifts that interest you. Click here for more information.

For more information or to sign up for programs, please visit or call 206-525-8782.

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Partnership Highlight: Earth Runs

Earth Runs is dedicated to promoting health in our communities and our environment. The organization plants trees and native plants to clean up our air, water and carbon pollution, as well as to increase the beauty of our neighborhoods.

Earth Run helps educate the public on the importance of trees and provides information on proper tree placement and native plants. Earth Run also hosts a monthly fitness run for the community called the Magnuson Series. The running series helps keep our communities healthy and provides opportunities for the public to learn about and participate in restoration events.

Public Benefits:

Low cost fitness activities: Earth Runs provides low cost, family-friendly monthly running and walking events for individuals, duos, and groups of all abilities at Magnuson Park called the Magnuson Series. The goal of the Magnuson Series is to provide affordable fitness events that help the community get outside and get moving. Discounts are available for students, military and seniors. To sign up for a run, visit

Fundraising: In addition to promoting health, the Magnuson Series helps fundraise for local charities. In 2017, Earth Run had more than 3,600 finishers and donated more than $1,000 to three nonprofits: Teen Feed, Real Change, and the Mangrove Action Project.

Tree plantings: Earth Runs has directly and indirectly planted over 12,000 trees in and around Seattle. Areas where they have directly planted trees include parks, traffic circles, and residential homes. Earth Run also has a tree grant program for people and organizations that meet their criteria. Earth Run sponsors home property plantings as well as large tree giveaways at their annual Earth Day event at Magnuson Park. Each year, Earth Run directly and indirectly plants over 1,000 trees and native plants in our region. That represents a carbon reduction of 48,000 pounds annually! Earth Run does plantings each quarter; click here to sign up for a planting work party.

Recycling: Participants can bring used running shoes to any Magnuson Series event and drop them off at the registration area, and they will be donated to Africa by the More Foundation. Participants can also drop off old race medals to be recycled by Sports Medal Recycling.

Education: Earth Runs provides free educational resources to the community on the following topics: how to build a rain garden; benefits of rain gardens; proper tree placement; native planting guide, and native trees and plants. Access their educational materials online here.

For more information about accessing these benefits, please email

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Partnership Highlight: The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers is a nonprofit outdoor community of 12,000+ active members in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1906, the Mountaineers have been getting people of all ages outside safely and responsibly for over 100 years. They host hundreds of monthly courses and activities–all led by a coalition of volunteers–to offer ways to get outside and connect with people passionate about the outdoors.

Public Benefits:

Outdoor Courses and Activities: The Mountaineers aim to get community members outside exploring new places and finding new challenges through a variety of courses and activities, such as climbing, hiking and sea kayaking. Learn about their many activities here.

Conservation: The Mountaineers is involved in educational initiatives that illuminate issues and help share resources to empower conservation champions. The Mountaineers focus on stewardship through hands on restoration projects, and the organization also focuses on advocacy by working with legislators and land managers to shape policy, uniting with partner organizations to build support, and empowering recreationists to make their voices hear. Learn more here.

Youth/Senior Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities: The Mountaineers strive to serve everyone, regardless of ability to pay. They are committed to providing access to outdoor recreation, education and conservation opportunities for all members and youth in the communities they serve. Financial assistance is available for annual membership dues, and individual scholarships for courses are available. Click here for information and to apply.

Events: The Mountaineers host a wide variety of events, such as outdoor adventure films and speakers, at all their branches and program centers around Western Washington throughout the year. See a list of upcoming events at the Seattle Program Center that are open to everyone here.

Climbing Wall, Friction Slabs, and Basalt Columns Open to Public: The Seattle Program Center offers climbers a number of walls and structures that can be climbed year-round. A climbing wall, friction slabs, and basalt columns are open to the public.

Bookstore Open to the Public: The Mountaineers Bookstore is the place to go for outdoor books, maps and software. Located in The Mountaineers’ Seattle Program Center, it is one of the best outdoor bookstores in the world. The store carries an extensive assortment of guidebooks for hiking, climbing, sea kayaking, skiing and snowshoeing, as well as narratives, biographies, mountaineer literature and instructional “how to” books. The Northwest Forest Pass, Discover Pass and Sno-Park permits area also available for sale.

Native Plant Garden and Education Display: The garden, located at The Mountaineers’ Seattle Program Center, provides a “classroom” for learning to identify native plants and provides examples of native plants suitable for home gardens. Establishing the garden helped restore native habitat for wildlife in an area that was previously an acre of invasive plants.

Free Basic Hiking Seminar: This course is designed to answer questions that a novice hiker may have about how to get out hiking. Participants learn from experienced hikers what to put in a hiking pack and how to dress for comfort and safety. The course covers clothing, boots, packs, the Ten Essentials, seasonal trail hazards, where to shop for equipment and how to research hiking trips.

Facility Rentals: Serving as the premier venue in Northeast Seattle, The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center is a hub for Mountaineers events and activities, and community events for private and public organizations. See facility rental information here.

First Aid Instruction: The Mountaineers offer a variety of first aid courses, including Alpine/Wilderness First Aid, Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA), Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness First Responder Recertification. Participants learn from qualified first-aid providers how to safely handle an injury or accident in a remote location. Details available here.

Youth Summer Camps: The Mountaineers offer a variety of youth summer camps filled with fun curriculum to teach campers how to be safe in the outdoors. Summer camps feature traditional summer camp games, songs, and a heavy dose of outdoor adventure. Click here for details on camps and how to sign up.

How to access public benefits:

Courses, Events, Youth Programs, and Bookstore are open to the general public (Mountaineers members receive discounted rates). Outdoor activities are open to Mountaineers members. Climbing Wall, Friction Slabs, and Basalt Columns are open to the general public. School groups and youth serving agencies can book Mountain Workshops, which offer single or multi-day experiences designed to expose youth to basic outdoor skills. Facility rentals are open to the general public.

You can find and register for all offerings at You can also speak with a member services representative who can provide more information and registration assistance. Member service representatives can be reached by phone at 206-521-6001.


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Partnership Highlight: Seward Park Audubon Center

The Seward Park Audubon Center helps cultivate wonder and nurture insatiable curiosity of the natural world through environmental science, outdoor exploration, and play. The Center’s mission is to inspire diverse audiences to conserve natural ecosystems and build healthy communities for people, birds and wildlife.

In 2017, Seward Park Audubon Center provided more than $56,400 worth in scholarships to community members, as well as approximately 1,400 hours of public access.

Public Benefits:

The Seward Park Audubon Center offers a wide variety of low cost or free classes and programs. Scholarships are also available for some programs. All public programs are posted to the events page of the Seward Park Audubon Center’s webpage: The events page features details for how to register and links to acquire tickets. The Center has several programs designed for preschools, K-8, and teens. All other programs are open to the public and do not require membership. Staff include naturalists that are bilingual in Spanish and English.

Morning Treats & Tweets
Enjoy coffee from Caffe Vita and fresh donuts in Seward Park Audubon Center’s historic Eagle’s Nest room. The Center provides binoculars and leads a bird tour in Seward Park that is geared toward beginning birders, or anyone who wants to view Seward Park through a different lens.

Bird Focus
Each month, the Center selects a different group of birds, including corvids, raptors, and waterfowl, and highlight their traits, skills and habits in a pre-walk presentation. The program then heads outdoors for encounters with these birds and more. Over the months, participants can build their bird knowledge and identification skills.

Owl Prowls
Seward Park is home to at least three species of owl and the Center invites guests to spend an evening learning and seeking these special birds. The evening includes a presentation about the owls of Seward Park, an owl pellet dissection, then a night hike in the forest to search for owls.

Guided Nature Walks
Throughout the year, the Seward Park Audubon Center offers themed guided nature walks. Themes include native plants, geology, mushrooms, and more. The walks are led by experienced teaching naturalist who providing a better understanding of the natural world.

Urban Naturalist Lecture Series
Seward Park Audubon Center invites writers, artists, and newsmakers to share their experiences with their audiences. In the comforts of Columbia City’s Royal Room, guest get up close and personal with special guests, and enjoy great food and spirits.

Toddler Programs
The Center offer two programs to introduce young residents to the wonder of nature. Each Wednesday and Saturday, Toddler, Tales & Trails invites toddlers and their care givers to a story time and craft activity, coupled with a mini nature hike. Tiny Trips for Tiny Tots works with caregivers to build age appropriate skills to engage toddlers in nature awareness in groups that meet for four weekly sessions.

Tenacious Roots
The Center’s teen program helps build leadership skills through advocating for positive climate change solutions and reforestation actions. Through this three-week program, teens earn service learning credits and connect with like-minded individuals.

Summer Camps
The Center’s Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps connect children with the natural world as they develop skills that support confidence and exploration of the outdoors. These day camps cover different nature themes and encourage teamwork and fun outdoor play.

Ann Lennartz Memorial Library
The public may browse and borrow titles from the Center’s nature library. The library is usually available to relax and read in, and has a children’s section where young visitors can engage with age-appropriate nature themed books and toys. Titles are available to browse online at the Center’s website.

Facility Rentals
The Center features two rooms available for rent for meetings, parties and other get-togethers. Find details including room size, rates and amenities here.

Nature Store
The Center’s Nature Store is a great way to start your visit to Seward Park. Staff are on-hand with information about the park and suggested walks, complete with park maps. The store also sells unique gifts and a great selection of quality bird feeders and bird food.

More information: For more information on school programs, please contact Kathryn Sechrist: or 206-652-2444 x110.

For more information on other programs, please contact Marina Pita, Community Programs Manager at, or 206-652-2444 x107.

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Partnership Highlight: Seattle Chinese Garden

Sitting atop a ridge in West Seattle, the Seattle Chinese Garden offers 5 acres of stunning parkland that celebrates and shares the beauty of China. Community members are invited to visit the grounds from dawn to dusk free of charge. SCG is accessible via wheelchair and dogs on leash are welcome.


Public Benefits:

  • Free Admission to the Garden: All visitors to the Seattle Chinese Garden can stroll the garden grounds and courtyard free of charge, all year-round. Notably, the garden grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk, but Knowing the Spring Courtyard within the garden does have special hours, opening Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oftentimes, the courtyard will open earlier on weekends from spring through early fall, so guests may consider calling ahead of an early weekend visit to check hours.
  • Affordable Guided Tours: Docent-guided garden tours are available to groups of eight or more and are ideal for school groups and community members of all ages interested in learning more about the garden and its connection to Chinese culture. Rates for guided group tours are offered at a nominal fee. To schedule a tour and get a rate quote, call 206-934-5219 during office hours or email at least two weeks in advance of your desired tour date.
  • Festival Events: Throughout the year, SCG hosts a variety of special events, most of which are free with a suggested donation. Popular annual SCG events include the Peony Festival, Bamboo Festival, and Kite Festival. To learn more about upcoming events at the SCG, you can email and request to be added to their event alerts email list.  You can also check the SCG website’s homepage or their Facebook page for info on upcoming events.


For more information or to access any of these benefits, please call the SCG office at 206-934-5219 during office hours Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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