UW-REN Spring Capstone Presentations

Spring CapstonesComing up this Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., the University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) invites you to join in their 14th Annual Capstone Symposium and Celebration!

Multidisciplinary teams from three UW campuses have been working for eight months to restore damaged ecosystems for community-based clients in the Puget Sound area. At the event, capstone participants will lead a poster and multimedia presentation of the restoration projects they designed, organized and installed, and you’ll be able to examine the innovative, science-based approaches our students developed and used. Their projects are part of an award-winning capstone program that has involved more than 450 students, 38 community partners and 84 restoration projects during the past 14 years.

Opening remarks will begin promptly at 6 p.m. at the Douglas Research Conservatory Greenhouse at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105); see map below.

No RSVP required, and refreshments will be provided. So come learn about all of the amazing restoration work your friends and colleagues have carried out this year!

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Hamilton, symposium coordinator.

UW-REN to Host Volunteer Work Party at Ravenna Park

UW-REN Work Party

The restoration site in Ravenna Park.

Coming up this Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the UW Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) is organizing a restoration project at Ravenna Park in Seattle. They’re still recruiting volunteers for the work party, so if you’re in the mood for some romping in the mud—with positive ecological results—then email Amy Vondette today!

Depending on how many volunteers they can scrounge up, you’ll likely be removing invasive species, mostly Himalayan blackberry, but also some Reed canary grass and creeping buttercup, from previous work sites in Ravenna Park.

The site is by Ravenna Creek and is muddy in a lot of places, so you’ll want to wear rubber or waterproof boots if you have them. UW-REN will provide gloves and tools, as well as snacks, coffee and juice. If you need more detailed directions to the site from the parking lot (5520 Ravenna Ave NE, 98105), contact Vondette anytime before Saturday.

So sign up to make a splash at Ravenna Park on Saturday!

Ecological Restoration: Volunteers Needed to Plant!

UW-REN Volunteer Opportunity

Yes, you might get a little muddy, but how can you resist this young volunteer’s earnest plea to come out and help?

The 2012-13 University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) Capstone class has been in the process of restoring eight different project sites around the Puget Sound, and they need your help to continue the work into May. There is a volunteer event almost every week at one of our sites located in Seattle, Bothell, Shoreline and at Pierce College in Lakewood.

Projects include restoration work in a variety of ecosystems, including wetlands, Garry oak prairie, beach sand dunes and riparian forests. Volunteering with UW-REN is a great way to learn more about and be involved with ecological restoration, your natural surroundings and your community.

Check out a continuously updated listing of events, and if you have questions or want to get involved, email Lindsey Hamilton!

Photo of young volunteer © UW-REN.