Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Northwest Natural Yard Days: April 15 to May 15

Northwest Natural Yard Days (NNYD) is a partnership of local government agencies, cities and local water providers. The goal of this popular program is to encourage residents of King County and surrounding areas to practice natural yard care. This is done through discounts on natural yard care product sales in the spring each year. For more information, see King County's Northwest Natural Yard Days website.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Backyard Habitat workshop and two Evening Classes at Woodland Park Zoo

Backyard Habitat Workshop
Four-part Workshop:
Monday, April 7, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, April 14, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, April 21, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Would you like to attract wildlife to your backyard? Please join Woodland Park Zoo, National Wildlife Federation, Seattle Audubon Society and Washington Native Plant Society for a workshop on creating a backyard wildlife habitat. A "backyard habitat" can be a small space, schoolyard or community garden.

YOU can make a difference for Wildlife - Habitat Begins at Home!
Cost: $55 (or $100 per couple); $35 for Phinney Neighborhood Association members

Water Features for Wildlife
Evening class: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $20
Clean, fresh water is a crucial part of any habitat. Join Woodland Park Zoo and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff in learning about the variety of ways you can provide water for urban wildlife in your own backyard. You'll see examples of different types of water features, such as ponds, birdbaths and fountains. You'll also learn about the natural history of local amphibians and how to provide habitat for these sensitive animals.

Are Weeds Taking Over Your Backyard?
Evening class: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Cost: $20
Weeds are tough invaders that can quickly dominate your backyard. These non-native, invasive plants crowd out native plants that provide habitat for wildlife and some of them can harm you and your children and even your pets. All noxious weeds are hard to control and will only get worse if you leave them alone. Join Woodland Park Zoo and King County's Noxious Weed Control Program to learn more about the threats noxious weeds pose, as well as how to identify and eradicate some of our area's worst noxious weeds.

To register for the workshop or classes: download application form from Woodland Park Zoo's website:

Questions? Call or email Jenny Mears at 206-548-2557 or