Magnuson Nature News: May e-newsletter

Magnuson Nature News – May 2017

Newsletter Contents:

Rescheduled date for Lifelong Recreation “Wetlands at Night” Nature Walk

Ages 50+

Wednesday May 10th from 7:00 – 9:00pm.  Swallows and other newly-arriving migratory birds will be swooping over our heads before heading to their nighttime roosts, and then thousands of Pacific Chorus Frogs will start their nighttime “serenade” while resident Beavers get busy! Plus whooo knows what might come flying by… Fee: $15 per person.  To register, contact NE Recreation Specialist Robin O’Leary at 206-386-9106.

Nature Adventures for Tots class: next session begins on May 12th!

Bring your child or grandchild ages 2-5 to Magnuson Park for a hands-on nature adventure!

Each series of 3 classes has a different theme for its nature stations, story time, and walk.  All class days also include a “snack walk” in our organic p-patch garden, and a Nature Friend puppet show!  Adults also receive a take-home sheet each week, filled with simple nature activities and songs on the class topic.

Fee: $45 for each 3-week series of classes. Additional participating child with the same adult can attend for half price! (Babes in arms attend free)

Class series #3: Wildlife Babies!  

3 Fridays: 5/12-5/26

10:00 am – 11:15 am

SPARC class code #163625

International Migratory Bird Day nature walk 

Saturday May 13th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am.  Magnuson’s migratory birds have arrived and the wetlands is humming with activity! They’ve joined our resident birds in singing, foraging, and nesting, and it’s quite the hubub.  Tadpoles have begun hatching and are wiggling their way through the pond water too!  Binoculars and other supplies provided for all, or bring your own. Fee: $3 per person. SPARC registration code #163615


Barn Owl Nature Walks in May & June!

A GiveBIG thank you to Magnuson Children’s Garden!

Magnuson Children’s Garden has been an amazing, free-to-the-public, community treasure since it was first dreamed up and built in 2001. During the past 15+ years, the all-volunteer Children’s Garden Committee has hosted thousands of kids and adults at FREE Family Garden Days, providing family-friendly nature activities at summer concerts, scout troop badge-earning events, and much more.  This garden is open to the public free of charge 365 days a year, and its volunteer stewards do almost 100% of its maintenance and upkeep.

Magnuson Children’s Garden is part of the non-profit organization Magnuson Community Garden, and is a completely separate entity than Magnuson Nature Programs and Seattle Parks.  However, the children who attend Magnuson Nature Programs are absolutely some of the garden’s very biggest fans!

On Wednesday May 10th, GiveBIG provides a wonderful opportunity for our Seattle community to give to many well-deserving non-profits, and I’d like to suggest considering Magnuson Children’s Garden for a GiveBIG thank you!   The first $2500 raised by Magnuson Children’s Garden will be matched by the garden’s fiscal sponsor, The Seattle Parks Foundation.  If you’d like to participate, please visit

The Magnuson Children’s Garden Committee is hosting the next

FREE Family Garden Day on Sat. May 20th from 12:30-2:00pm!

Join in to celebrate Endangered Species Coalition Day, with lots of fun for everyone, including adding new plants to the fabulous Butterfly Garden!

There will be hands-on activities for children and families too, such as worm bin exploration, nature art sculptures, and much more!  No registration needed, just drop in for a visit!

King County Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer your home gardening questions!

Volunteers from Seattle Works will also be in the garden doing seasonal garden tasks such as weeding, mulching, and other stewardship. You’re welcome to join in too: favorite child-friendly gardening activities are spreading wood chips and refilling the Sea Turtle puddling pond!

Summer Camp update and thanks!


A big thank-you to all parents who have registered their children!  We are delighted at having 12 of our 20 camps full, and several more close to full. I still encourage signing up on the waitlist if there’s a camp you really want rather than giving up, because a lot can (and frequently does) change between now and summertime.



To register, visit SPARC , stop by Magnuson Community Center, or any other Seattle Community Center. Scholarships are available too!

Thanks again for your support!