Free Events!

All events hosted by the Magnuson Children’s Garden Committee are FREE!

Every 2nd Saturday from March – August, we host a free event in the garden, and every 4th Saturday we host a free nature walk, plus special events throughout summer and fall!  Here’s what’s coming up next:

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Saturday, August 24th from 10-11:30am: Daytime Nature Walk in the Magnuson Wetlands, with wetland pond water sampling, “nature’s grocery store”, and more. The start location for this walk is the sidewalk trail next to the Magnuson Boat Launch, which is just off Lake Shore Drive.  Parking available along the edges of E-1 or E-2 parking lots.  No pre-registration necessary.

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Friday, September 13th:  Annual Day of Caring stewardship event in the Children’s Garden from 9:00am-1:00pm, with volunteers from Microsoft and the R.A. Davidson Co.

Scroll down for more details on all our stewardship events!

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1st annual Fall Festival!

September 21 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

Join us for a FREE & FABULOUS celebration of the season, with the very first MAGNUSON COMMUNITY GARDEN FALL FESTIVAL!

The fun will be happening in multiple areas in and around the Children’s Garden, and here’s what is planned so far:

  • An apple-tasting tent hosted by the Magnuson Demonstration Orchard, with freshly harvested fruit from the orchard- yum!
  • Plant and seed games hosted by the Magnuson P-Patch, that are fun for the whole family!

  • A story-time tent, hosted by the Magnuson Garden Neighbors Committee, with readings from the book “Stone Soup” along with freshly made, fresh-from-the-garden soup!

  • Garden and nature exploration activities hosted by the Children’s Garden Committee throughout the Children’s Garden, including worm bin exploration, building in the log pile, snack walk to our p-patch plot, chalk art, coloring pages, nature art sculpture, free take-home nature crafts, and much, much more!

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Saturday, October 12th from 10am-2pm: Come help us “Put the Garden to Bed” at our last stewardship event of the year in the Children’s Garden!

Scroll down for more details on all our stewardship events!

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For more information on any of these events, or to inquire about scheduling a custom stewardship event for your group, send us an email at magnusonchildrensgarden@gmail.com!

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OUR 2ND SATURDAY GARDEN EVENTS INCLUDE:
  • Family Garden Classes on fun gardening and nature topics such as attracting birds and butterflies to your garden, growing “snack walk” vegetables and edible flowers in container gardens, and more. Plus each class includes a free take-home project!
  • Family Garden Days, with drop-in exploration activities for the whole family, such as exploring the worm bin, going on snack walks in the children’s food garden plot, building in the log pile, making tabletop nature art sculptures, plus nature coloring pages and activity sheets!
  • Stewardship opportunities for community groups, families, and individuals to volunteer for simple garden activities such as planting, watering, weeding, and mulching.  Tools, gloves, and refreshments provided for all volunteers!

We can also arrange a free custom stewardship event for your scout, campfire, community, family or corporate group, with a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice.  Your “reward” includes a snack walk in our p-patch food garden too!  We require 9 attendees (3 of which must be adults). For more information, contact us at magnusonchildrensgarden@gmail.com

OUR 4TH SATURDAY INTER-GENERATIONAL NATURE WALKS INCLUDE:
  • Children’s Garden Naturalists, Seattle Audubon Master Birders, and experts from Beavers Northwest to guide wildlife-watching, identification, answer your nature questions, and more;
  • Stroller and wheelchair-accessible hikes through the Magnuson Park Wetlands Complex and Historic District;
  • Binoculars provided for all, courtesy of Seattle Audubon.
  • Plenty of explore-and-learn activities, such as pond water sampling, wildlife watching and identification, scavenger hunts and other hands-on activities!
  • No registration necessary.
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Our complete 2019 schedule:

Saturday, March 9th from 12noon-4:00pm: “Wake up the Garden” stewardship event in the Children’s Garden.

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Saturday, March 30th: TWO back-to-back Nighttime Frog and Beaver Walks in the Magnuson wetlands: an inter-generational walk from 7:30-8:30pm, and an adults 50+ only walk from 8:45-10:45pm.  The start location for these walks is the sidewalk trail next to the Magnuson Boat Launch, which is just off Lake Shore Drive.  Parking available along the edges of E-1 or E-2 parking lots.

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Saturday, April 13th from 10am-2pm: Earth Month Celebration in the Children’s Garden, and our first Family Garden Class of the year!

  • Stewardship event: 10am-2pm
  • Family Garden Class: 11am-12noon
  • Family Garden Day: 12noon-2pm

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Tuesday, April 23rd from 10am-12noon: Earth Day stewardship with the Aljoya-Thornton Place Garden Club!

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Saturday, April 27th from 10-11:30am: Daytime Nature Walk in the Magnuson wetlands, with Migratory Bird activities, wetland pond water sampling, bird behavior bingo, and more.  The start location for this walk is the Central Wetlands entry in the northeast corner of the E-5 parking lot, just off NE 65th St. and past the baseball fields.

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Saturday, May 11th from 10am-2pm: Endangered Species Day Celebration in the Children’s Garden, with another Family Garden Class!

  • Stewardship event: 10am-2pm
  • Family Garden Class: 11am-12noon
  • Family Garden Day: 12noon-2pm

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Saturday, May 25th from 8:30-10:00pm: Nighttime Barn Owl & Owlets walk in the Magnuson Historic District,with pellet hunt and dissection, nest box watching using spotting scopes, and more. Walk start location is inside the park, at Magnuson Community Center, 7110 62nd Ave NE.

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Saturday, June 8th from 11am-3:30pm (special time this month only): National Pollinators Week Celebration in the Children’s Garden, and a “Bee-Friendly” Family Garden Class at 11am!

  • Family Garden Class: 11am-12noon
  • Family Garden Day: 12noon-2pm
  • Stewardship event: 12noon-3:30pm

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Friday June 21st from 10am-2pm: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Day of Caring stewardship event!

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Saturday, June 22nd from 10-11:30am: Daytime Nature Walk in the Magnuson wetlands, with songbird activities, wetland pond water sampling, and more. The start location for this walk is the Central Wetlands entry in the northeast corner of the E-5 parking lot, just off NE 65th St. and past the baseball fields.

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Saturday, July 13th from 10am-2pm: Dedication Celebration for our new multi-language signage and exploration activity, plus our new “Sunflower Forest” and Columnar Oak Tree! 

All visitors to the Children’s Garden are now greeted by welcoming signs in the 10 most-common neighborhood languages spoken in and around Magnuson Park: English, Spanish, Amharic, Japanese, American Sign Language, Somali, Korean, Tigrinya, Chinese, and Southern Lushootseed, which is the native language of the first people of the Southern Puget Sound region.

Then all visitors can go on a wonderful adventure using our multi-language “Discover your Garden” interactive activity cards to explore the whole garden on the journey of a salmon, all the way from the Grey Whale Garden “ocean”, past the Tidepool and Bog Gardens, into the Starfish Garden, up the mosaic “salmon stream” to The Lookout “spawning grounds”, then down and around the spiral paths to find other fun garden features and do educational activities at each.

The other special garden feature we have now completed is the planting of a new Columnar Oak Tree and “Sunflower Forest” in honor of the late Barbara Hainley, Master Gardener and Children’s Garden Committee member extraordinaire.

Where: Magnuson Children’s Garden

Located behind the Magnuson Brig building at 6344 NE 74th St, Seattle WA, 98115

When: Saturday, July 13th

Dedication Ceremony at 10:00am

Garden Celebration from 10:00am-2:00pm, with free, family-friendly garden and nature activities!

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Friday July 19th from 5:30-7:30pm:  Family Garden Day event in collaboration with Magnuson Community Center’s annual Ice Cream Social!

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Saturday, July 27th from 8:30-10:00pm: Nighttime Bats & Beavers Walk in the Magnuson wetlands, with special guest Michelle Noe from Bats NW, and more.  The start location for this walk is the sidewalk trail next to the Magnuson Boat Launch, which is just off Lake Shore Drive.  Parking available along the edges of E-1 or E-2 parking lots.  No pre-registration necessary.

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Saturday, August 10th from 10am-2pm: International Youth Day Celebration in the Children’s Garden, and Family Garden Class!

  • Stewardship event: 10am-2pm
  • Family Garden Class: 11am-12noon
  • Family Garden Day: 12noon-2pm

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Saturday, August 24th from 10-11:30am: Daytime Nature Walk in the Magnuson wetlands, with wetland pond water sampling, “nature’s grocery store”, and more. The start location for this walk is the sidewalk trail next to the Magnuson Boat Launch, which is just off Lake Shore Drive.  Parking available along the edges of E-1 or E-2 parking lots.

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Friday, September 13th:  Annual Day of Caring stewardship event in the Children’s Garden from 9:00am-1:00pm.

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1st annual Fall Festival!

September 21 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

Join us for a FREE & FABULOUS celebration of the season, with the very first MAGNUSON COMMUNITY GARDEN FALL FESTIVAL!

The fun will be happening in multiple areas in and around the Children’s Garden, and here’s what is planned so far:

  • An apple-tasting tent hosted by the Magnuson Demonstration Orchard, with freshly harvested fruit from the orchard- yum!
  • Plant and seed games hosted by the Magnuson P-Patch, that are fun for the whole family!

  • A story-time tent, hosted by the Magnuson Garden Neighbors Committee, with readings from the book “Stone Soup” along with freshly made, fresh-from-the-garden soup!

  • Garden and nature exploration activities hosted by the Children’s Garden Committee throughout the Children’s Garden, including worm bin exploration, building in the log pile, snack walk to our p-patch plot, chalk art, coloring pages, nature art sculpture, free take-home nature crafts, and much, much more!

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Saturday, October 12th from 10am-2pm: Come help us “Put the Garden to Bed” at our last stewardship event of the year in the Children’s Garden!

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For more information, send us an email at magnusonchildrensgarden@gmail.com!