We’re spending this month counting our blessings.

Our gratitude list:

for engaged voters and democracy.

for passionate teachers and mentors who generously share their knowledge and talents.

for curious field trippers that inspire us and strengthen our community.

for the fauna and flora of the Pacific Northwest that provide such beauty and bounty to our lives.

for farmers and small business owners that make our community enriching and unique.

for pumpkin pie, dogs that sleep in the bed and “peak pick” books at the library.

Happy Thanksgiving, thanks for letting us be a part of your lives.

hello autumn

Apples of every variety, color blowing from the trees, soccer on the play fields … it must be Autumn. Whether we see you on a field trip or at one of these events - we hope you take full advantage of this season of revelry and beauty.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Seattle October 4th enough said.

University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center season closes at the end of October Just steps away from the UW light rail station, rent canoe and kayaks to paddle the Arboretum, bliss.

Harvest Party at the Bottlehouse in Madrona October 6th Oysters and sparklers? Yes please.

Kubota Garden - free fall color tours October 20/21 and 27/28 10:00 a.m. This stunning property will take your breath away as you wander the trails and traverse bridges while listening to waterfalls.

Mindfulness Meditation at the Frye Wednesdays 12:30 Free workshops take place every other Wednesday through November for you to discover calm amongst life’s chaos.

CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR! October 30th at the Crocodile If you like singing - in the shower, the car or around the campfire - do not miss this show! Maybe we’ll be singing Fleetwood Mac, maybe Bowie — whatever it is, it’s going to be SUPREME!

wrapping up

When the zucchini and zinnias appear on the scene, you know that summer is winding down. We can't wait to get back to learning and exploring with you - fall field trips post September 4th!  Until then, get these fun happenings on your calendar:

Japan Town Block Party August 25th 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at S. Jackson and 6h Avenue    Enjoy Hawaiian music, art, spam musubi contest, a sake bar and screening of the movie "Allegiance" in Hing Hay Park!  **Be sure not miss field tripper and artist Erin Shigaki as she gathers your wishes on traditional ema in Chiyo's Garden for an upcoming art installation in Occidental Square.

Sparklefest at the Old Chaser Farm September 2nd  If Bumbershoot isn't your thing, escape to Vashon for this family-friendly wine festival on the farm.

"Mushrooms Demythified" with David Arora September 11th 6:30 - 9:30 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, Author and fungi-expert David Arora will talk about mythical mushrooms to kick off the fall foraging season.

Seward Park After Dark September September 14th  Looking for something extraordinary to do on a Friday night? This is it!  A magical evening celebrating 10 years of exploration, education, and conservation at Seward Park Audubon Center!  This memorable event will feature delicious food truck fare from Skillet Diner, close encounters with live raptors (meet a real falconer!), and guided evening walks of Seward Park to spot owls and bats. You'll have a ball while supporting Audubon's educational programs, can't go wrong.

Green Plate Special's Dinner in the Garden September 15th  Dine and drink under the stars while supporting an organization that inspires and empowers youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking, and eating together. This night is sure to sell out, so grab your tickets fast. **Participate in the veggie pull and get a gift certificate for one of our upcoming field trips!

dog days

The dog days of summer are here -- soak it up before the down jackets return!

Sub Pop 30th Anniversary Party on Alki August 11th  This free all day concert is sure to go down in the record books. With Pearl Jam in town playing home shows on August 8th and 10th, you never know who might show up. Can't get enough grunge glory? Check out the Lance Mercer photo exhibit at the 9th and Thomas building (the one with the Shepard Fairey banner on it!) - open to the public.

Get Out the Vote screen-printing party August 18th at Pratt Fine Arts Center Screen print t-shirts (bring your own) and signs to get out the vote for the mid-terms and this November!

Morning Treats and Tweets August 18th at the Seward Park Audubon Center, if you've ever been curious about "birding", this is the place to get started. The folks at the Audubon Center will provide all you need including binocs, a naturalist guide, coffee and a DOUGHNUT! 

Seattle Art Museum REMIX party and 10 year anniversary August 24th (advanced tickets required)  Celebrate 10 years of art, culture and connection under the stars -- live music, art-making, performance, dancing, sculpture, food, drink and more.

Bicycle Sundays August 13th, 20th and 27th If you haven't cruised the Boulevard yet, grab your bike, swimsuit and a picnic!


Summer in Seattle! It's hard to find a more beautiful place to be. Why travel when you can play tourist in your own city?

Schedule a visit to the Amazon Spheres and grab a General Porpoise doughnut in the Understory, check out the Wing Luke Museum (we can't wait to see sashiko artist Megumi Shauna Arai's new installation), visit the stunning new Nordic Museum and stop at the Ballard Locks (live music every weekend!) and Totem House for a fish-wich and shake.

Summer at SAM Thursdays and Saturdays at the Olympic Sculpture Park July 12 - August 23rd  Live music, food trucks, art-making, yoga, zumba, and more, all with a view of the Sound and Olympics.

Georgetown Garden Walk July 8th Without a doubt, the most interesting garden tour in the city with a mix of modern development and old-school charm, industrial elements and Georgetown whimsey. Share a Manny's with your garden host and make new friends.

Capitol Hill art walk July 12th and Ghost Gallery  Check out field tripper and artist Chris Cites show, AUSTRALIANS, featuring recreated 1920's mugshots done with acrylic on paper bags, runs through August 5th.

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival July 20 - 22 Come for the street dancing and stay for the shortcake, escape the city for the island life. Skip the ferry lines and reserve an electric bike at Vashon E-Bike, kayak rentals too!

Bicycle Sundays  June 24th, July 8th, July 15th Cruise Lake Washington Boulevard in style while it's closed to car traffic, don't forget a picnic lunch and your swimsuit.

Shakespeare in the Park starting July 13th  Greenstage will be celebrating their 30th year of performing in over twenty parks all over the city.

Bastille Day at Le Pichet July 14th, with France in the World Cup finals, this year's celebration should be especially lively! Live music and Parisian street food...vive la France!

U-pick berries, raspberries and blueberries will be ripe any minute -- discover a new favorite spot and support local farmers.

Rent a kayak or canoe at the UW Waterfront Activities Center, paddle through the lilly pads of Union Bay and the Arboretum.

May the sunshine and ice cream be plentiful and your living easy!



hello June!

Happy June! As we scale back our offerings in the summer to take advantage of the weather, family and all the fun happening in and around Seattle - we won't leave you hanging without lots of field trips to take advantage of. Here's our list of June favorites:

Honk Fest June 1st - 3rd If you like music and marching bands, don't miss this unique festival taking place in Georgetown, White Center and Columbia City featuring players from all over the country.

Bicycle Sundays June 3rd, 17th and 24th Bring a picnic lunch and cruise Lake Washington Boulevard (closed to car traffic for the day) - one of Seattle's finest summer traditions carries on!

Georgetown Carnival June 9th noon - 10 p.m.  Experience the creative energy and fun of Georgetown - complete with circus acts, power tool drag racing, bands, food, art and spontaneous spectacles. It's sure to be a highlight of your summer!

Strawberry season starting mid-June, whether you get them at the farmer's markets or visit a u-pic stand (we love Harvold Berry Farm in Carnation but find your favorite here), take advantage of these ruby delights!

Pioneer Square Rummage Sale and Ice Cream Social June 23rd  Don't miss the chance to shop for treasures from the neighborhood's best boutiques in the Heritage Room of E. Smith Mercantile  on their final weekend (we're sorry to seem them go!).

West Seattle Garden Tour June 24th  Gather inspiration while visiting 12 different gardens throughout West Seattle ... from fruit trees and edibles to bee hives and water features, this year's gardens have it all.

Free garden classes at City People's Garden Store - ongoing  Get new skills and everything you need for gardening at this beloved neighborhood institution.

Penguins in the Desert with author Eric Wagner June 26th at the Royal Room, Columbia City  Take a journey to Argentina to learn about the Magellanic penguins of Punta Tumbo. 

Field trip inspiration:  Catch the Water Taxi from Downtown to Seacrest Dock in West Seattle, grab some kimchi fried rice at Marination Ma Kai and rent bikes from Alki Kayak Tours to cruise the boardwalk. 

Cheers to summer!