Free Events!

We are delighted to announce that our 2022 events have some great new features to make them better than ever!

  • Each of our monthly, 2nd Saturday events begins with a FREE 1-hr garden class, plant clinic, or nature walk, followed by 3-hrs. of garden stewardship activities;

  • Attendees must pre-register for the free class, the stewardship activities, or both, by visiting our new SignUp Genius page.

SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH

  • Free, family-friendly nature walk in the Magnuson Wetlands from 9am-10am: (A FEW SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE AS OF 8/11!) Learn all about the family of beavers that live in the wetlands from our special guest, a staff member of Beavers Northwest! See their lodge and dams, and all the ways their residency has created habitat for all the other wildlife in the wetlands as well. Volunteers Carol Furry, Martha Taylor, and Erin Kollar will help you learn about the wetland’s birds, tree frogs, and other wildlife too!
  • Garden stewardship activities from 10am-1pm: ASSIST in planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other garden stewardship!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH 

  • Free, family-friendly garden class from 10am-11am: Back by popular demand! Learn all about the benefits of creating a worm bin to compost at home from Tilth Alliance Master Composter Jessica Souyoultzis! Attendees will get to “meet” the worms and roly-polys in the Children’s Garden worm bin, and help re-bed it with fresh leaves and straw too!
  • Garden stewardship activities from 11am-2pm: (THIS STEWARDSHIP EVENT IS NOW FULL) Assist in planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other garden stewardship!


SATURDAY OCTOBER 8TH

  • Free, family-friendly “Fall Fungi” nature walk from 10am-11am: LEARN all about the incredible array of mushrooms and other fungi that grow in Magnuson Park from CG Committee member and mycology student Sarah Winkowski and special guest mycology expert Jon Hall! October is prime time for fungi of all colors, shapes, and sizes in many areas of the park. Exact start location will be provided to all registrants a week before the walk.

  • Garden stewardship activities from 11am-2pm: (THIS STEWARDSHIP EVENT IS NOW FULL) Assist in planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other garden stewardship!

COVID-SAFE PROTOCOLS:

  • At all our classes and stewardship events, we follow guidance from the CDC, WA State and the WSU/Master Gardener Program.
    • We ask that all adult attendees be vaccinated, and we require that all attendees over age 2 bring a mask to wear anytime that they are within 6ft of another attendee who is not part of their family group.
    • There is a maximum of 15 attendees for each class and stewardship event, which allows social distancing in the garden.
    • If/when guidance changes to us, we will make adjustments as needed. Thanks for your understanding!
  • At our stewardship events, we also supply all sanitizing supplies and tools, but ask that volunteers bring their own garden gloves if they have them. If not, we will supply a freshly-laundered pair to use while you are in the Children’s Garden.

For more information or any questions about our events, please contact the Children’s Garden Committee Volunteer Coordinator Lois Hanson at childrensgardenvolunteering@gmail.com.


Q: What happens at our stewardship events?

A: Our events are fun for novice gardeners as well as experienced ones, and parents are always welcome to bring their children!

  • Typical activities include simple tasks such as planting, fertilizing, and/or pruning plants, weeding and mulching beds and paths, and watering during the summer months;
  • We provide individual water and/or juice, and single-serving granola bars or other refreshments, for all stewardship volunteers;
  • King Co. Master Gardeners and/or other experienced gardeners are always on hand at each event to guide volunteers, and answer your home gardening questions too!

For more information or any questions about our events, please contact the Children’s Garden Committee Volunteer Coordinator Lois Hanson at childrensgardenvolunteering@gmail.com. Thanks!

We may also be able to schedule a free custom stewardship event for your scout, campfire, community, family or corporate group during the summer months, with minimum of 2 weeks advance notice. For more information, contact Lois at childrensgardenvolunteering@gmail.com


Here are some fun photos below from past stewardship events, classes, and nature walks:

Kids and adults exploring the worm bin at one of our 2019 Family Garden Days
Kids and adults having fun doing simple garden tasks like re-bedding the worm bin at one of our 2019 stewardship events
Getting to know the aquatic invertebrates in pond water samples on one of our 2019 Nature Walks in the Magnuson Wetlands.