Retirement news from Teacher Emily

Magnuson Nature News – Special Edition

Retirement news from Teacher Emily

The “tiny seed” of Magnuson Nature Programs began with just two weeks of summer preschool camp in July 2005.  Since then – thanks to you all-  it has grown and blossomed into a “tall tree” with its branches full of summer and school break camps, nature walks and classes, school field trips, special events, and more!

These past 12+ years have been an honor, a life-changing experience, and a whole lot of fun for me.  I love my work, and the people I work with, and the place I work! This is a gift I will always treasure.  Seeing the natural areas and gardens of Magnuson Park “grow up” – along with so many wonderful children- has been  absolutely priceless!

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to guide thousands of people (young and young-at-heart) into a deeper understanding and connection with the natural world, yet I also feel ready to step into a new chapter in my life… that of working much less and playing much more…

So I have made the decision to retire from Magnuson Nature Programs, effective on October 7th of this year.  However… I’m not disappearing from the park!  I plan to continue my 15-year involvement as a volunteer member of the Magnuson Children’s Garden Committee for at least one more year, and  I’m starting to “hatch” an idea to host a few special events in the Children’s Garden next summer as a fund-raiser to help sustain this amazing community resource that I’ve had the pleasure of helping to steward along the way.


What’s Next for Magnuson Nature Programs?

The Magnuson Community Center coordinator Marc Hoffman, along with Recreation Assistant Joanna Li and other wonderful staff, are dedicated to continuing the legacy of the past 12+ years of Magnuson Nature Programs.

It’s not known yet exactly what the fall and winter program schedule will be and who the lead teacher will be, so  I have to ask for your patience while the plan takes shape over the next month or so.  Stay tuned, because I will definitely keep you posted again via articles in the August and September e-newsletters!


Hope You’ll Stop By and Say Hi!

I am treasuring each and every day of teaching the next few months of summer camps, nature walks, and fall field trips… and… in order to have the chance to visit with as many current and former “nature kids” and families as possible, I will also be attending both of the upcoming Magnuson Children’s Garden Family Days on Friday July 28th and Friday August 4th from 6-8pm.

The annual “Scarecrow Fest” on Saturday October 7th from 11am-2pm will be my Magnuson Nature Programs “grand finale”, and I am happily growing a field of tiny pumpkins in my personal p-patch plot along with other “nature prizes” as special gifts for that day.  I hope you will stop by to say hi at one of the Family Garden Day events and/or at the Scarecrow Fest!

Last but not least, I have also been compiling a Memory Book of special Magnuson Nature Programs moments over the years, and I would love to hear from any kids and/or adults who would like to contribute any of your favorite memories to my book! 

Please email me at with any stories or sentiments you’d like to share.  Thanks a million!

Love and Peace,


Thanks again for your support!