Magnuson Nature News: December e-newsletter

Magnuson Nature News – December 2016

Hope all your holidays are warm and cozy, merry and bright!

Newsletter Contents:

  • Winter Break 5-day “Nature Scouts Camp” from Dec. 19th-23rd has spots available!
  • Winter quarter classes and camp registration starts today, with after-care available for all camp days!
  • Nature Walks begin in February and March!
  • Custom Nature Classes & Walks are available all winter, and now have a “Birthday Package” option!
  • Winter Break “Nature Scouts Camp” for ages 6-12, Monday – Friday December 19th-23rd from 9:30am-3:30pm.  Last year’s camp was such a success that we’re bringing it back with even more activities! Join us for an amazing week of nature science investigation, exploration, games, and hikes to the nearby wetlands and other natural areas to enjoy the sights and sounds of frogs, songbirds, and other wildlife. We’ll also make nature art, do plant experiments, snack on the crops in our organic p-patch, prepare and share a meal on our last camp day, and much more!  Each day will be filled with fabulous fun, both inside our classroom and outside in the park. Older children will help mentor younger ones in our ‘each one teach one’ activities. SPARC registration code #154062
  • After-care is now available each day from 3:30-5:30pm! We’ll play nature board games, do puzzles, go for another Snack Walk, and more!
  • Registration for after-care must be done in advance by phone to Magnuson Community Center staff at 206-684-7026. Fee is $15 per child per day.

Registration for winter quarter classes and camps starts today!

We’re offering more programs than ever, to keep nature fun and education lively all winter long!  Click on the links below to get all the details, and visit SPARC to register online. 


  • NEW! “Nature Artists” after-school classes for ages 6-12: Nature’s “built-in” art is all around us, from the delicate and graceful branching of Vine Maples to the coats of moss and lichen on basalt rocks, and so much more. We humans have always been inspired to made art about nature, and from nature itself, which is the inspiration for this brand new, creative class series!  Join us for a unique adventure as we go on park hikes to learn from and be inspired by nature, gather materials, then create a variety of art projects in the classroom!  Class series #1 is on 6 consecutive Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm, Jan. 12th-Feb. 16th. SPARC registration code #156408


  • “Nature Knowledge” classes for ages 7-10: Become an expert on Magnuson Park’s plants, animals, forest and wetland ecosystems through weekly nature science exploration, hiking expeditions, indoor and outdoor experiments, species monitoring, native plant restoration projects, and other hands-on activities! Each week will be a new nature science adventure!  Class series #1 is on 10 Fridays from 12noon-3pm, January 27th- April 7th. SPARC registration code #156412



  • NEW! Mid-winter Break “Nature Investigators Camp” for ages 6-12:  Join us for 5 days filled with nature investigation, experiments, games, and other hands-on activities inside our classroom, the Children’s Garden and P-Patch, and other park areas!  February is also the time of year that we can see many parts of nature that are only revealed when leaves have fallen, including the lodge and dams built by Magnuson’s resident Beaver family.  Monday-Friday February 20th- 24th from 9:30am-3:30pm. Aftercare available from 3:30-5:30pm.  SPARC registration code #156395 
  • Spring Break “Nature Detectives Camp” for ages 6-12: Join us for an amazing week of park exploration, nature science investigation, games, and other hands-on activities!  We’ll take hikes to the nearby wetlands and other natural areas to enjoy the sights and sounds of the frogs, songbirds, and other wildlife.  We’ll also make nature art, do plant experiments, snack on the crops in our organic p-patch, and add new crops for spring. Monday-Friday from 9:30am-3:30pm from April 10th-14th. Aftercare available from 3:30-5:30pm. SPARC registration code #156419

Visit SPARC to register online, or call Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026

Nature Walks begin in February and March!


  • Lifelong Recreation “Beaver Day” Walk for ages 50+: Join us on Groundhog Day for our first nature walk of the year, to check out the lodge and dams built in the wetlands by their close cousins the Beaver, and observe winter resident birds!  Thursday Feb. 2nd from 9am-11am, advance registration required. SPARC registration code #155141



Custom Nature Walks and Custom Nature Classes are available all winter long, and now have a “Birthday Package” option too!

Our Custom Nature Walks and Custom Nature Classes are available all winter long for your preschool, family group,  scout troop, or other group get-together!  You can choose any nature theme and park location you’d like for a 1-hour, 90-min, or 2-hour adventure.


Plus  in response to popular demand, we have expanding to offer a brand new,

“Birthday Package”: A Nature Walk or Nature Class, plus a Party

Enjoy a 1-hour Custom Nature Walk or Custom Nature Class of your choice, followed by a 1-hour birthday party in our cozy and colorful classroom!  We’ve got a freezer for your ice cream, serving space for your cake or other treats, and plenty of adjustable-height kid-size tables and chairs.  Our staff will lead a nature-related group game for the kids when we arrive at the classroom, while you set up your refreshments and other party supplies.

2-hour Birthday Package Fee: $150.00 for 12 children and 2 adult attendees.  You supply all food, paper plates, and napkins. We’ll help with the cleanup and recycling at the end too!


For more information or to book an event for your group, email us at [email protected]

Thanks again for your support!