Friday, February 12, 2010

Backyard Habitat Workshop at Overlake School in Redmond, WA

Please join experts from Eastside Audubon, National Wildlife Federation, Seattle Audubon, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Native Plant Society and Woodland Park Zoo to learn how to attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard, select and care for native plants, recognize and remove invasive plants species, conserve water, manage your backyard without the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides, place feeders and bird houses, and get your yard certified as a Backyard Habitat.

This is a four-part workshop:
Monday, March 1, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Monday, March 8, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Monday, March 15, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Overlake School in Redmond, WA

Cost: $75 (or $140 for couples); Scholarships available for members of Sammamish Community Wildlife Habitat Project.

To register: download a registration form from Woodland Park Zoo's website.

FREE Rain Garden workshops!

Please join Stewardship Partners for a hands-on classroom workshop on rain garden design and construction. We have several classes scheduled throughout King County and the Seattle Metro area beginning February 25 in Redmond.

Schedule for Rain Garden Classes in King County:
02/25 Redmond
03/18 Bothell
03/30 Seattle
04/01 Mercer Island
04/20 Lake Forest Park
04/29 Bellevue
05/18 Duvall

Rain gardens work like native forests by capturing and infiltrating stormwater from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Rain gardens reduce flooding by absorbing water from impervious surfaces; filter oil, grease and toxic materials before they can pollute streams, lakes and bays; help to recharge the aquifer by increasing the quantity of water that soaks into the ground; provide beneficial wildlife habitat. Workshop participants will receive a rain garden handbook and other useful materials. They will also be invited to participate in several full scale rain garden installation workshops scheduled later in the spring and summer.

Workshops are free and registration is required. Participants will be sent site-assessment instructions in advance to help maximize their learning at the workshops.

Contact Stacey Gianas at Stewardship Partners to register and for more details:
Call (206) 292-9875 or email and visit for more rain garden information.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Oregon Rain Garden Guide is here!

Check out the new Oregon Rain Garden Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Landscaping for Clean Water and Healthy Streams. This 44-page guide is a joint project of Oregon Sea Grant Extension, Oregon State University and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

The pdf is available here:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 20: Screening of "A Chemical Reaction"

The Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals (COOL) and Seattle Tilth are proud to present the NW Premiere of the documentary film, 'A Chemical Reaction'. Much of the film’s story focuses on Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist who spurred the first town in Canada to ban lawn and garden chemicals pesticides in 1991. This action set off a chain of high-profile court cases that culminated in the Canadian Supreme Court in 2001, where the town won in a landmark 9-0 decision. Since its release in fall 2009, this film has been inspiring people across Canada and the United States to challenge the status quo on behalf of their children, pets, neighbors, and wildlife. With spring coming closer by the day, along with the annual spike in marketing of pesticide products, it's important for the voices of the citizen-heroes in this film to be included in the mix. The issue of pesticide use is particularly relevant in the Puget Sound region, where chemical fertilizers and pesticides run off into our lakes, rivers, streams, and the sound during each rainfall.

When: Saturday Feb. 20th from 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Where: Lake Washington Technical CollegeWest Building Auditorium, Rm. #40411605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034-8506

  • A special appearance by Paul Tukey, the film's producer and narrator, nationally known
  • writer and television host. Mr. Tukey will introduce the film, and host a post-screening Q &
  • A session and book signing.
  • Free educational resources and garden advice from the staff of The Garden Hotline.
  • Door prizes and refreshments.
  • Book sales

Tickets: $10.00 in advance from or $15.00 at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Free parking in the south or west parking lots (follow the sandwich board signs)

Campus map and driving directions:

For more information: Contact C.O.O.L at or 206-362-8947. To view a movie trailer, visit