January 10th, 2014 by Wendy Gibble
Washington’s rare plants monitored by Rare Care volunteers.
2013 was another busy year for Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care). Our corps of volunteer citizen scientists contributed their expertise and time to monitor over 150 rare plant populations across Washington State. Some of these sites were visited during our annual monitoring weekend, which took place at Hanford Reach National Monument last year. We also added 20 collections to the Miller Seed Vault, including eight new species to the collection. You can read all about our 2013 monitoring and seed collecting efforts in our annual reports.
Rare Care will be offering a volunteer trainings on March 1, 2014 for our rare plant monitoring project. This citizen science project provides critically needed information on the status of Washington’s rare plants. Volunteers visit rare plant populations throughout the state and provide information on population sizes, habitat characteristics, and potential threats to the populations. Because many of these populations are visited once every decade or less, the data contributed by volunteer monitors are critical for long-term conservation of Washington’s rare plants.
Would you like to become a part of this valuable effort and have an opportunity to become familiar with some of the rare plants of Washington State? Volunteering with Rare Care provides an opportunity for you to explore Washington’s native flora, visit premier examples of Washington’s native ecosystems, and continue to build your plant identification skills. To participate in the program, volunteer rare plant monitors need to have some experience identifying native plants in the field, have a commitment to native plant conservation and good observation skills, be able to commit a few days during the spring and summer, and be able to provide their own transportation. Visit our volunteer page to learn more!
September 20th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
Make connections, gain experience, have fun: get involved at the UW Botanic Gardens!
Welcome UW Students! Make time in your busy schedule to get involved at the Botanic Gardens*. You won’t regret the investment because not only will you gain experience but you will also make connections with professionals and fellow students.
Ways to get involved:
What we do:
- environmental horticulture
- restoration ecology
- public garden management
- collection development
- information management
- communication & social networking
- curriculum design
- urban ecology
- environmental education
- integrated pest management
- rare plant conservation
- continuing education
- visitor experience & interpretation
- inventory ground-truthing & GIS mapping
*UW Botanic Gardens has two sites: the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture and includes the Miller Library and Hyde Herbarium. Programs include continuing education for adults, outdoor programs for children plus conservation and restoration projects.
June 6th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
Junior Summer Camp Guides at the Arboretum learn leadership skills and environmental knowledge.
We need your help! We depend on volunteers to keep our gardens looking beautiful, our plant records up to date and the kids programs running smoothly.
Want to get involved, get some work experience, meet new people, have fun? Apply online today!
- WPA Junior Summer Camp Guides are high school or college students who teach the little kids about the environment and help keep summer camp running smoothly. Junior Garden Guide Job Description (doc).
- Plant Records Assistant help with documenting and mapping our living plant collections at the Washington Park Arboretum.
- Arboretum Visitor Center Front Desk Assistant greets visitors and answers questions. Share your passion about the Arboretum in this position.
These positions and many more are listed on the UWBG Volunteer page.
April 9th, 2013 by Arboretum Education Supervisor, Patrick Mulligan
A bioblitz is a biological inventory that takes place over a short period of time (usually 24hrs) in a specified area (in this case the Washington Park Arboretum). The purpose of a bioblitz is to take a snap shot of biodiversity, which is a way to measure the health of an ecosystem. The more organisms found, the healthier the ecosystem. We value bioblitzes at the UWBG for a number of reasons: they’re a tool to help us manage our site as sustainably as possible; they’re a great way to engage with our community and raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity (even in urban environments); and since they are hands-on and fast-paced, they are also a lot of fun.
The way it works is there will be 2.5 hour shifts during which small groups of citizen scientists & UW students will go out with one of our field scientists in search of various taxa (birds, bats, bugs, fungi, plants, mammals, etc.). As a team, they try to ID and count what they find and record the location where they found it. In some cases (e.g. fungi, insects) specimens can be collected and identified later.
Space is limited, so click here to sign up for a shift today!
Don’t want to volunteer, but want to attend Paul Bannick’s presentation, The Life of Owls, on Friday evening? Non-volunteers can pay $8 to attend: click here to register
When: Friday, May 10th & Saturday May 11th
6:30-8pm (dinner for volunteers & lecture from 7-8pm with wildlife photographer, Paul Bannick. Please register to attend the talk.)
7am-9:30am (early birders)
3:30-4pm (show & tell)
Where: Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Dr E Seattle WA)
February 22nd, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
The students involved with UW Restoration Ecology Network need the public’s help restoring degraded natural areas in urban sites. Join a work party to rip out invasive weeds, build trails, spread mulch and many more invigorating tasks.
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
Click for work party details
Yesler Swamp Trail
February 19th, 2013 by Sarah Heller, Community Programs Coordinator & Fiddleheads Forest School Director
It’s that time of year again when we pull out our calendars and begin to think about summer plans. Consider signing your child up to play and learn outside all summer! We are offering seven weeks of outdoor, nature-based summer camps at the Washington Park Arboretum. New themes have been added like Wetland Rangers and Northwest Naturalists, and kept some of our favorites like Woodland Wonders and Art in the Park.
We are also offering a spring break camp in conjunction with the Seattle Public Schools spring break week. What better way to spend a week in April than exploring our 230 acres of natural wonderland in the heart of Seattle? Spring break is supposed to be a *break* so we plan to play games, go on hikes and adventures through the nooks and crannies of the Arboretum, and tackle projects like building a fort, creating Andy Goldsworthy inspired art and exploring the uses of our native plants.
Interested in working at our summer camp? Apply to be a Summer Garden Guide!
We also have volunteer opportunities for high school students! Check out our Junior Garden Guide position and application.
February 10th, 2013 by Rosemary Baker, UBNA RA
Greetings! I’m excited and grateful to be the 2013 UBNA graduate student manager for winter and spring quarters. I will be leading volunteer groups maintaining restoration sites throughout the natural area and this season we have begun an internship program with students from Edmonds Community College!
The interns and I are working every Tuesday and Thursday through early June, so if you have any interest in getting dirty, releasing some pent up aggression on the proper objects (weeds!), and basking in the beauty of urban nature, we’re happy to have individual folks join us. Or if you have a group and wish to arrange for a volunteer work party please contact UBNA manager, Dr. Kern Ewing. His contact info can be found through the University of Washington staff directory.
UBNA Assistant manager, Rosemary Baker planting Skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanum)
Am so pleased to contribute to the Center for Urban Horticulture community. Happy gardening!
January 16th, 2013 by Lisa Sanphillippo
UWBG School Programs serve over 6,000 kids a year and we could not possibly do it without the help of our volunteers. We are hiring volunteer Garden Guides now and have two dates to get folks started on their journey to engage kids in the great outdoors.
Saturday February 9th from 11:00 – 3:00 pm and
Saturday February 16th from 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Guides need only attend one training, but are welcome to both. Both trainings will cover an introduction to the University of Washington Botanic Gardens as well as round table and in the field discussions about class management, interpretation techniques and age appropriate teaching.
February 9th we will focus on our Plants 101 and 201 programs and February 16th we’ll focus on Wetlands 101 and 201. New guides will learn what the big ideas of each program are, how the student’s age affects the level and amount of information given and how to use the props and activities in the field.
If you would like to fill nature with children and teach them about plant science, ecology and more, contact Lisa Sanphillippo at 206-543-8801 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We value our volunteers for their time, experience and dedication! We hold enrichments, training and other educational opportunities regularly. Call or email now to become a treasured part of our team.
September 11th, 2012 by Lisa Sanphillippo
This could be you!
If you enjoy being outdoors, teaching and learning about plants of the Arboretum, and you like working with school aged children then you might be a Saplings Garden Guide!
Our fall season begins in just a few short weeks and we have field trips booked! Apply here today to be a Saplings Garden Guide. Our volunteers receive free training, on-going enrichments and opportunities for further learning.
For questions or more information, contact Lisa Sanphillippo: email@example.com or 206-543-8801.
Let’s work together to engage children in nature.
August 13th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer
UWBG invites our friends and neighbors to join NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, to a work party to spiff up the Center for Urban Horticulture. Projects include invasive plant removal, small construction projects, painting, planting and much more. The transformation starts at 6:30 am on Saturday, September 15.
IT’S EASY AS PIE TO VOLUNTEER FOR NAIOP 2012 Community Enhancement Project/SEPT 15/CUH:
- Register w/ NAIOP anytime from 6:30am or sleep in and join us later in the day
- Registration located north side of NHS Hall
- You or your group will be assigned to one of the 17 work projects throughout CUH grounds and gardens, including UBNA!
- Grab a T-shirt and gloves!
- Public transportation, carpooling, biking… all recommended, as parking may be difficult, especially if you’re not an early bird.
- Community Service Hours honored!
- Breakfast treats and BBQ lunch provided!
Come one, come all and help your CUH take on a fresh new look! Projects include:
- New Stairway from central courtyard to events lawn!!
- New landscape along 41st St planting strip!!
- New gravel along entire length of UBNA loop trail
- New pavers to replace gravel paths in Soest Garden
- 2 newly refurbished hoop houses
- Newly painted sheds
- Invasive weed removal
- Mulching and weeding in Goodfellow Grove
- And MORE!!!!