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Online resources

In addition to our workshops and events at the Garden, we are dedicated to providing learning opportunities for gardeners, botanists, and anyone else with a green curiosity.

Whether here in the Garden or at home, these online resources are available to you wherever you are.

These resources were created by local organizations around the Pacific Northwest and beyond such as Wilderness Awareness School, Accessible Gardens, and Oregon State University, to name a few. Please use and share these resources according to the copyright guidelines listed on their websites.

Upcoming Virtual Events

May

May is Garden for Wildlife Month! Check out the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden For Wildlife website to learn how you can make your garden or yard more wildlife-friendly.

May 21st | 12:00pm (PST) | Hike Smart: Recreating Responsibly this Memorial Day – Learn the Dos and Don’ts of hiking on public lands this memorial day with the Washington Trails Association.

June

June 9th | 7:oo pm (PST) | The Mopheads of Mt. Rainier – Join the Native Plant Society of Washington for a a photographic study of Anemone occidentalis with Donovan Tracy.

June 12th | “We Are Puget Sound” Poster Contest – In collaboration with Braided River, Mountaineers Books, and the Washington Environmental Council, the King County Library System is proud to announce the launch of the “We Are Puget Sound” Poster Contest for King County residents of all ages. Create a poster to share what you love about the Puget Sound, and enter your art for the chance to win!

Ongoing

Fridays | 7:00 pm (PST) – Burke From Home Trivia Night  The Burke Museum is hosting free digital trivia every Friday night featuring questions on natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Free but registration is required. 

Gardening Resources

Pollinator Garden Toolkit- This handy toolkit from EarthDay.org teaches you about the benefits of creating a pollinator garden and offers handy tips on how to create your own.

Garden Learning LibraryThis resource database from the National Gardening Association  offers countless resources for gardeners across the country including plant care guides, a Q&A forum, and much more!

Soak It Up Rebate Program – The Surface Water Utility offers rebates up to $2,000 for Shoreline home or business owners to install a rain garden or native vegetation landscaping on their property. These features are part of a natural approach to storm water known as low-impact development, which seeks to mimic forested conditions by allowing rainwater to soak into the soil.

Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington – Interested in learning how to make a rain garden? Created by the Washington Department of Ecology, Washington State University, and Kitsap County, this guide has all you need to know to design, install, and maintain your own rain garden.

Online Learning and eCourses

Learning Garden Online Courses by the National Garden Association walk you through starting your own garden, from vegetables to perennials and more.

Online Master Gardener Short Course Series by Oregon State University. This series of online course can help you get your garden up and running this spring. Each course is 4-6 hours and is available on demand, to use at your convenience. Check out their free online Vegetable Gardening course.

The Wilderness Awareness School offers free ecourses in a variety of subjects such as birding, wilderness survival, and edible plants.

Community Science Projects

Bumble Bee Watch – help track native bumble bees, one of our most important pollinators, across North America with this fun and easy to use website created by Wildlife Preservation Canada and the Xerces Society of Oregon.

BudBurst A project of the Chicago Botanic Garden, BudBurst aims to engage citizen scientists in monitoring and tracking the phenology of plants across North America. With multiple ongoing projects, find out how you can get involved today. Many of the projects are suitable for scientists of all ages and skill levels.

Global Big Day – May 9th, 2020 is The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Annual Big Day event. Count birds from your window, backyard, or local green space in this global birding event. Use ebird app to log your sightings and track what other’s are seeing.

Videos

Phenology Friday – Join IslandWood educators for a weekly exploration of seasonal changes in our natural world.

The Secret Language of Trees – Just over 4 minutes, this amazing video explores the mycorrhizal network, an underground web of fungi that help trees exchange nutrients and even talk. Created by Suzanne Simmard and Camille Defrenne for TedEd.

Trillium Tour 2020 – This 6 minute video by John F. Williams and Salish Magazine explores the iconic trilliums of the Pacific Northwest.

Nature & Wellness

There is extensive evidence on the benefits of nature on our physical and emotional health. In a recent study, it was found that just 20 minutes outdoors can have a positive impact on our perceived well-being. Now, more than ever, we must look to nature for respite, reflection, and re-connection.

Connecting with Nature in the Time of COVID-19 – An interview with Richard Louv, co-founder of Children and Nature Network, talks about connecting with nature during the pandemic.

The Rules for Going Outdoors During Corona Virus – Follow these 5 simple rules for responsible outdoor recreation while  social distancing in this short article by Outside Magazine.

Sowing Seeds of Happiness – As if we needed another excuse to garden! A new study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning concluded that home gardening has a positive impact on well-being (happiness) similar to that of walking, biking, and dining out.

Cloud Heavens (2020) – If you find yourself consumed by anxiety from time to time, check out this 30-minute video featuring Gary Stroutsos on flute, percussions by David Revelli and  Matthew Nelson, and Hopi vocals by Clark Tenakhongva. Produced by Levi S. Davis.