News: Naturalist Blog

“This is like hiking!”


This week I had the pleasure to accompany a group of students from the Kimball Garden Club to the larger section of Cheasty Main.  On the way we passed various work sites and saw many different plants, animals, insects, and different types of topography.  Upon arriving at our destination, the general feeling among the group … read more

Girl Scouts for the Earth!

IMG_2277Junior Girl Scout 43852 has been working with Forest Stewards from Cheasty and other greenspaces around Seattle, learning not only how to restore our native forests and improve local habitat, but also how to be leaders and mentors to others in this important work.IMG_2240IMG_2256IMG_2264IMG_2268

This week, they celebrated Earth Day by leading their own work … read more

Being our best selves

IMG_2192Students from the Interagency Academy were out in Cheasty this week, taking a break from their regular garden-to-market program work for some hands-on forest restoration in a native Cascadian habitat.

They came to Cheasty to help rebuild core strength in this struggling local forest, and to help make it the best forest it can be. … read more

Nature = Art

IMG_2232Today instead of bringing kids to the forest, we brought some forest to the kids.  Actually, since native forest flora is in somewhat short supply on the south end, we actually brought them mounds and mounds of non-native plants and natural materials, a pile of books about nature and art, and put them to work … read more

Exploring the forest


This week the Kimball Garden Club explored beyond our “home forest” at the top of the Hanford Steps by finding a spot recently worked in by their colleagues at John Muir Elementary.  About a hundred John Muir kids came out to Cheasty in waves last week to pull ivy, giving the kids at Kimball a … read more

SPU for the long haul

IMG_2078Those of us in the south end have much to be grateful for to the young scholars at Seattle Pacific University.  Since volunteers began organizing work parties at Cheasty Mountainview, almost ten years ago, SPU has been a true partner in this work.  As a group, these students have invested hundreds of hours in our … read more

Spring springing

In the Cheasty woods, new life is springing forth…

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IMG_2058For better or for worse, in America we rely on citizen engagement to do many of the crucial tasks that make our cities good places to be, and the Cheasty woods are no exception.  Without neighbhorhood volunteers coming out month after month planting native plants, building trail, and removing invasive species and generations of garbage, … read more

Learn, Do, Teach– You can do all three in the forest!

IMG_1987We are all familiar with the adage- “learn, do, teach” as an  imperative in our educational model.  One of my favorite things about working with kids in the forest, is that they DO the things we need them to know about their environment, bridging the experience gap many urban kids have in environmental education.  Our … read more

Every little bit…

IMG_1997It was a beautiful day in the forest, and a team of local Americorp volunteers was out pulling bindweed and other invasives from the Angeline Trailhead.  One of the best parts of being involved in this work is the opportunity to meet not only my neighbors, but also inspired volunteers from all over the country.  … read more