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It’s not all work at a work party

If all we did at a work party was work it wouldn’t be much of a party, would it?  The time volunteers spend working in Cheasty Woods provides a lot of benefits in addition to the sweat equity of restoring the forest.


 Volunteers of all ages have opportunities to observe local wildlife, explore the … read more

Community Service

In the Cheasty Woods, invasive weeds have so long plagued the forest that significant human intervention is an important part of restoring a healthy ecosystem.  Cheasty Woods have been a site of community service contributions from Boy Scouts, like these, as well as myriad other groups, organizations, and businesses in addition to hundreds of hours … read more

Life, layered

We often teach about forest ecosystems by noting the different layers of a forest, from below the soil, to the soil surface and groundcover, shrub layer, middle layer, and upper canopy.  Each of these different niches is colonized by different species that are particularly well-adapted to their specific layers.

In this case a native fringecup, … read more

Not just ivy!

Here in the Cheasty Woods, invasive ivy and blackberry have made up a big portion of the challenge to plant diversity.  Volunteers work together throughout the year to hinder the dominating potential of these weeds while we nurture a more diverse range of resident species.

Alas, Seattle’s urban forests also struggle with many other invasive … read more


One way we have of judging the health of a forest is by assessing populations of large species, including many of the birds that call Cheasty Woods their home.  But these larger animals rely on a complex web of smaller life forms from insects, arachnids, and earthworms, down to protozoa, roundworms, and other microscopic soil … read more

Kids in the forest

Being in the forest with children is a special treat that brings youthfulness and joy to even the oldest heart.  They find excitement and pleasure in all the tangible objects around them, and explore the nuanced textures of their environment like scientists.

Their drive to make sense of the complex ecosystem is a testament to … read more

The Fighting Goldfinches!

A local Girl Scout service unit has been a valuable partner in restoring this greenspace to healthy forest, improving habitat for our local wildlife like their namesake Goldfinch.

They came dressed to the 9’s in their work gear,

worked hard all afternoon pulling out ivy and blackberry,

and know how to take break and enjoy … read more

Fun Fungus

The variety of fungus, moss, and lichens in Cheasty never ceases to amaze!

Send your photographs of growth in Cheasty to for inclusion in this Naturalist blog.… read more

Where’d all the blackberries go?

Children in a newly mown blackberry field

This group was surprised last month to find gone the field of blackberries that surrounded their small section of forest, but thrilled to find new downed trees to climb on.  

Blackberry thickets make a hospitable nesting site for some of Seattle’s many native birds, so local forestry practices … read more

Natural Emergence

Fringecup emerging from a mossy stump

Because we spend so much time planting in this forest, it’s especially gratifying to look around the restored sections and find a diverse array of native life springing forth on its own.  

Young Indian Plum emerging from the forest floor

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