Magnuson Nature News: February e-newsletter

Newsletter Contents:

• Summer Camp registration starts next Tuesday Feb. 7th!

• Nature Artist after-school class starts March 2nd!

• Program updates

• Nature Walks start on March 16th and 18th!

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

• Would you like to see a Nature Preschool open at Magnuson? 


Summer Camp registration starts next Tuesday Feb. 7th!

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


• We are offering 8 weeks of Monday-Friday morning Jr. Nature Explorers Camps for ages 4-5!


• We are offering 5 weeks of Monday-Friday Nature Explorers Camps for ages 6-7!


• We are offering 3 weeks of Monday-Friday full-day Nature Rangers Camps for ages 8-12!  Aftercare will be offered for all Nature Rangers Camps too.


• This year we are offering 4 different Wednesday-Friday Fresh-from-the-Garden Camps for ages 6-12!


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

IMG_8940 NEW! “Nature Artists” after-school class!


• 6 consecutive Thursday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm

• March 2nd to April 6th

• For ages 6-12

• $100 fee covers all art supplies too

• SPARC registration code #156410

Nature’s “built-in” art is all around us, from the delicate and graceful branching of Vine Maples to the coats of moss and lichen on basalt rocks, and so much more. We humans have always been inspired to made art about nature, and from nature itself, which is the inspiration for this brand new, creative class series!  Join us for a unique adventure as we go on park hikes to learn from and be inspired by nature, gather materials, then create a variety of art projects in the classroom!

IMG_6583Program updates

• Our recent camp during the break-between-semesters was a super way to celebrate Groundhog Day and the halfway point of winter- thanks to all the kids who made it so much fun for all!


• This camp was also the last one for Teacher Nicole, after 8 months of providing wonderful nature education for children and adults.  We’re glad she’s still going to do some occasional weekend programs for us, but will miss her so much at camps!  Next week, we’ll have 2 Environmental Educator job postings on the Associated Recreation Council website.  Please feel free to forward this link onto anyone you think might be interested- thanks!


• Because Nicole is no longer available during the week, and I (Emily) am out of town this month, we unfortunately had to cancel the Feb. 2nd  Lifelong Recreation “Beaver Day” walk and the Mid-winter Break “Nature Investigators Camp” planned for Monday-Friday February 20th- 24th.  Our sincere apologies for this unexpected inconvenience.  I’ll be back in late February and am looking forward to teaching the Nature Artists after-school classes, our Spring Break “Nature Detectives Camp”, and the start of our School Field Trip season!

IMG_7448• Registration is open for spring break Nature Detectives Camp, Monday-Friday April 10th-14th from 9:30am-3:30pm! Its SPARC class code is #156419, and aftercare will be available from 3:30-5:30pm with SPARC class code #156416.

• We still have a few openings left in our School Field Trip spring season, which is March 28th to June 8th- please encourage you 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!

Tree Frog by Magnuson P-Patcher_23C0144Nature Walks begin on March 16th and 18th!

• Lifelong Recreation St. Patrick’s Day “Tree Frog” Walk for ages 50+, on Thursday March 16th from 9am-11am. SPARC registration code #155142


• Family Wetland Walk “TREE FROG TIME!” on Saturday March 18th from 10 am – 11:30 am SPARC registration code #156367


• 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!

ladybug2Custom 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, family group,  scout troop, or other group get-together!  Plus you can choose any nature theme and park location you’d like!

Our new Birthday Package” combines a 1-hr. Nature Walk or Nature Class with a 1-hr. party in our cozy and colorful classroom!

1-hr. Nature Walk or Class: $80

90-min. Nature Walk or Class: $100

2-hr. Nature Walk or Class: $150

2-hour “Birthday Package”: $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

100_7231Would you like to see a Nature Preschool open at Magnuson?

We are currently exploring the options for starting a preschool program in September 2017, which would operate on weekday mornings during the school year, and utilize our Hawthorne Hills classroom, the Children’s Garden and P-Patch, and other nearby park areas.    I’ll be sending out a survey soon to get your ideas and feedback!

Thanks again for your support!