Green Seattle Partnership

Green Seattle Partnership

Learn about urban forests while helping to steward one of Seattle's forested parks.

Age Group: All ages
Geographic Area: Greater Seattle/King County

The Cascade Land Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, has an opportunity for your class to steward one of Seattle's forested parks.

Surrounded by the built environment, urban forests provide critical "green services" such as improving air quality, filtering and retaining storm water, and providing habitat for local wildlife and natural spaces for us to enjoy. These services are becoming all the more important as development encroaches on our green spaces and forests are exposed to the threats of their city setting: fragmentation, pollution, and the spread of aggressive invasive plants.

Without intervention, urban forests are declining throughout the Puget Sound region. But through active stewardship we can help keep our forests healthy and thriving, so that they can continue to be an asset to our vibrant city for generations to come. The Green Seattle Partnership provides opportunities for hands-on education through meaningful service in forested parks.

Student groups can learn about the process of urban forest restoration and management by adopting a small parcel of parkland. Chose a site and protect it from invasive species and help reestablish the native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that once grew there. Watch your site thrive as it returns to a functioning native northwest ecosystem.

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For background reading on climate change and energy, see...
chapter 9 of our high school text, Exploring Global Issues
Climate Change: Connections and Solutions
Our Climate Change Unit for middle school and high school

units 2 and 3 of our supplemental high school text, It's All Connected

chapters 6 and 9 of our middle school text, Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions

week 1 of our Newspapers in Education articles

About Us

We equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future through hands-on curricula and professional learning.

Facing the Future is an
independent program of WWU