Magnuson Nature News: March e-newsletter

Magnuson Nature News – March 2017

Newsletter Contents:

Nature Adventures for Tots classes starts on March 24th!

Bring your child or grandchild to Magnuson Park for a fun, 3-week series of hands-on nature adventures!

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 Garden 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) If you are registering a second child, you must do so by phone in order to receive the discount.


Class series #1: Sprouts in the Garden!                      

3 Fridays: 3/24- 4/7    

10:00 am – 11:15 am

SPARC class code #163624


Class series #2: Digging into Nature! 

3 Fridays: 4/21- 5/5   

10:00 am – 11:15 am

SPARC class code #163622


Class series #3: Wildlife Babies!                                   

3 Fridays: 5/12-5/26           

10:00 am – 11:15 am

SPARC class code #163625

Spring break Nature Detectives Camp is coming up soon!


  • Monday-Friday April 10th-14th from 9:30am-3:30pm
  • There are only 7 spots available as of March 2nd!
  • Fee: $225
  • Registration is open, and its SPARC class code is #156419
  • Aftercare will be available from 3:30-5:30pm for $15 per day, and its SPARC class code is #156416.

Nature Walks begin on March 16th and 18th!

Join us for one of our first two nature walks of the year, to watch and listen for Pacific Chorus Frogs and winter resident birds, and to explore pond water samples to find tadpoles and other aquatic creatures!



  • We have just a handful of openings left in our School Field Trip spring season, which is Tues-Thurs from March 28th to June 8th- please encourage your child’s teacher to contact us soon if they’d like to schedule a field trip on any of our 4 educational themes:  Life in the Garden, Birds of Magnuson, Wetland Discoveries, or Habitat Connections!

Summer Camp registration is open!

We have expanded our 2017 summer camps for all age groups, and full details are now posted on the links below.


A big thank-you to all the parents who have already registered, we are delighted at how many camps are already filling up!






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

Custom Nature Walks and Custom Nature Classes, and the “Birthday Package” option!

Our Custom Nature Walks and Custom Nature Classes are a great choice for your preschool, scout troop, or other group get-together!  You can choose any nature theme and park location you’d like, and schedule on a day and time that fits best for you!

If your child is a nature lover with a birthday coming up, consider celebrating the big event with our new Birthday Package”, which combines a 1-hr. Nature Walk or Nature Class with a 1-hr. party in our cozy and colorful classroom!

1-hr: $80

90-min: $100

2-hrs: $150

All prices are for a group of 12 children plus 2 adults.

For more detailed information, visit our webpage.  To book an adventure for your group, email us at

Magnuson preschool class program survey is now open for your input!

Over the past 3 years, we have hosted weekly 1.25-hr. “Nature Adventures for Tots” classes each spring and fall for children ages 2-5 with an adult, which have been a lot of fun for everyone.  Several years ago, we hosted weekly 1.5 hour “Jr. Nature Club” classes each spring and fall for children ages 4-5 who attended without a parent, which was also well-received.  And for many years, we have hosted 8 different weeks of “Jr. Nature Explorers” camps for ages 4-5 each summer, each with 3-hr. camp days!

We are currently exploring the options for expanding our preschool-age nature classes in September 2017, to include additional weekday mornings and longer class times throughout the school year.   With our beautiful Hawthorne Hills classroom leading right out into the Children’s Garden, P-Patch, and other nearby park areas, there are such great possibilities for healthy and fun learning and growing!
If you have, or will soon have children ages 3-5 and would be interested in an ongoing preschool nature class experience for your child, we would be grateful for you to share your input and ideas in the survey at this link!  It’s only 5 questions so you’ll be done in a jiffy! Thanks in advance for your participation!

Thanks again for your support!