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 Library – This 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
Participate in online gardening classes with the Tilth Alliance. The Tilth Alliance of Seattle offers a variety of classes on topics such as vegetable gardening, food preservation and cooking, permaculture, and urban livestock. Their expert instructors are passionate about the topics they teach and prepare participants to apply new methods outside the classroom.
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 bumblebees, 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.
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.
Self-guided Forest Bathing – This is a simple activity for individuals or groups to slow down and relax in outdoor spaces. It is based on studies of forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku) which have shown positive health and wellbeing impacts to participants. Created by JP Sauerlender.
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.
Washington Trails Association – This Seattle-based non-profit is the one-stop-shop for all your hiking interests. From hike maps to trip reports, articles, and volunteer opportunities, WTA has it all.
Tips for Preserving Nature While Hiking by Mark Steele