Environmental Education Volunteer Open House

Become an Environmental Learning Unit volunteer and help teach Seattleites about the plants, the animals and the parks in our communities. We’re currently recruiting for Seattle Urban Nature Guides in addition to other great positions. Seattle Urban Nature Guides enhance, promote and foster appreciation of nature by connecting families and students with their Seattle park lands, and providing educational opportunities for all. Fall applications are available now and we are accepting them through August 4.

Want to learn more? Meet current volunteers and staff and learn more about volunteering with us at our volunteer open houses at Camp Long and Discovery Park.

Date: August 3
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, 5200 35th Ave SW, 98126
Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, 98199

Our complete list of Environmental Learning volunteer openings, including detailed job descriptions, are found on our website, http://www.seattle.gov/parks/volunteer/environmental-education-volunteers

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Want to Participate in a Usability Study for Our New Seattle Services Portal?

We’re looking for volunteers to test our new our new permitting software that will replace our current Permitting Portal online. If you’re interested, please email Ann-Marie at ann-marie.guyot@seattle.gov, with “SDCI Website User Acceptance Testing” in the subject line. The deadline is December 31, 2016. Forms are available in our PRC.

Ann-Marie will schedule testing sessions for the week of January 9-13, 2017. You should plan on spending 1.5 hours of your time helping us. Free parking, refreshments, and a small token of our appreciation will be provided.

Denny Award Nominations Open

The mayor speaks at the 2015 Denny Awards ceremony

Looking for a way to honor an awesome volunteer in your midst? Do you know a volunteer who has excelled at creating Healthy People, Healthy Environment or Strong Communities? A volunteer who has advanced the work of Race and Social Equity in Seattle?

It is time to nominate a volunteer or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the people of Seattle through Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Mark your calendars! Nominees and winners will be honored Tuesday, December 6th at the Seattle Art Museum from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Please complete the 2016 Denny Award Nomination Form  through Survey Monkey. Also connect with us on our Seattle Parks and Recreation Volunteer Facebook page.

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City Light Heart and Stroke Walk Volunteers Raise Funds

Earlier this month, nearly 30 volunteers from Seattle City Light participated in the Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk, raising about $9,500 to fund life-saving vascular disease research and initiatives in our community.

The annual event celebrates those who have made healthy lifestyle changes and encourages others to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles.

Eight City Light teams helped to raise funds; So far, the team breakdowns are:

  • Seattle City Light Enginerds: $2,626
  • Environmental Affairs and Real Estate: $2,111
  • Bernie O’s Team: $1,846
  • “Team Bubbi” Sebastian the CHD Warrior: $920
  • Seattle City Light Heart Walk: $911
  • Power Walkers: $537
  • Conservation Resources Division: $500
  • The Energizers: $50

Green Seattle Day sees huge success

The Green Seattle Partnership touts Green Seattle Day as its biggest party of the year, and this year’s event lived up to the hype! Green Seattle Day, held Saturday, Nov. 8, saw 845 volunteers plant more than 4,600 plants across 21 parks!

The event was based out of a Seattle Parks community center for the first time and provided helpers with a warm and hardy lunch. Forterra’s Green Cities Program Director Joanna Nelson de Flores said she believes those changes helped created a meaningful neighborhood event.

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw plants trees with volunteers in the Cheasty Greenbelt.

“The turnout was incredible, and there was palpable energy around supporting our urban forests that was really exciting,” Nelson de Flores said.

Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim gave a warm welcome to about 175 volunteers at Rainier Beach Community Center to launch the event, and Councilmember Sally Bagshaw was just a few miles away kicking off the Cheasty Greenbelt site with Green Seattle Forest Stewards and 150 volunteers.  Councilmember Mike O’Brian supported the day at Kiwanis Ravine.

Green Seattle Day is becoming an annual celebration and tradition for many community organizations.  Special thanks to Green Seattle Partnership program staff and forest stewards and to Parks Natural Area Crew, Heavy Equipment Crew and District staff for handling the many logistics involved.

The Green Seattle Partnership is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Seattle and the Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy). For more information on the Green Seattle Partnership, visit greenseattle.org.