July was a busy month for North Creek Forest! We had 2 visits each from the Woodinville Montessori School and YMCA Quest summer camps' youths, as well as hosting two of our regular forest restoration events.
The deal should close in mid-October.
We enjoyed welcoming both the Northshore YMCA's Teen Quest Program and Woodinville Montessori's summer campers into North Creek Forest this summer. Not only did the campers get the chance to explore the forest, learn how to navigate with compasses, and spot things that were out of place on an un-nature hike, they also helped weed, prune and mulch, all of which helps our restoration sites stay healthy. The new plantings are looking fantastic because of your hard work!
Would you like to help with the restoration? We have two more public work parties this month! Click over to our Volunteer Page for more info and to sign up!
Hello all, my name is Alice Tsoodle and I am just joining the Friends of North Creek Forest team as the Education Manager. Having just graduated from UW Seattle with a Master’s Degree in Education, I am excited to continuing growing in the same place that I started my outdoor education journey. Years ago, in 2012, I transferred to UW Bothell, from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and eventually graduated with a degree in environmental studies. I was directed to sign up for one of Dr. Amy Lambert’s classes and she promptly led us all into the North Creek Forest. It was here that I fell in love with the land and waters of this place and decided to pursue a career that would allow me to be outside as much as possible. I had a class with Robert Turner at UWB which required I spend some time planning a lesson and actually teaching it to real kids! I never imagined myself as a teacher, but with children of my own and coming from a family full of teachers, it came to me naturally.
New plantings at our restoration sites need to be watered for 3 summers before they are established enough to survive the dry season on their own. Getting water to the Forest has always been a challenge, and watering has been a time consuming task.
We are using a new irrigation system this summer based on a design created by UW-Bothell students as part of a Mechanical Engineering class. Their design included accessing water from a nearby hydrant and storing it in a container that was large enough to hold a week's worth of water. This design allowed us to obtain funding for the materials (it was part of our recent grant from the Rose Foundation - Puget Sound Mitigation Fund: a grantmaking fund created by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance), and now we have put the new system into practice! The new system uses two 275 gallon storage cubes and a small drip irrigation section.