April 22 is the official date of Earth Day but local Seattle groups are kick starting their commune with nature this weekend. Here are five ways you can get involved.
Get Down and Dirty with Seattle Tilth
What to Expect: A down and dirty of edible gardening (tours, classes, a work party and expert q&a) hosted by the expert green thumbs of Seattle Tilth.
Details: 4/17. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free to participate in tour, work party and q&a. Classes are $18-25. Pickering Barn's Community Garden, 1730 10th Ave. NW, Issaquah.
Listen and Learn at Nuemos for Rebearth
What to Expect: An all ages celebration presented by Terra Roots Foundation with live music, green information, guest speakers and the Little Seahorse Music Acadamy. The music lineup of nine bands will include McTuff Trio, Big High and Aaron Daniels One Man Banned. Guest speakers from Urban Wilderness Project and Seattle Sustainability and Environment.
Details: 4/25. 3 p.m. Tickets $10adv / $12 dos. Kids 14 and under FREE with adult. Get in free by participating in one of 10 cool restoration projects around the area between 4/17-4/25. Event details at http://www.terraroots.org/rebearth.html.
Commune with the Washington coast
What to Expect: Washington CoastSavers Alliance statewide beach cleanup at more than 20 sites along Washington’s Pacific coast. From Sooes and Shi Shi Beaches up north to Twin Harbors State Park and Longbeach to the south. 1230 volunteers turned out in 2009 and cleaned up 30 tons of trash off our state’s beaches. Load up the kids and the dog and drive to the coast to preserve our great treasure.
Details: 4/17 8 a.m. – noon. Volunteer appreciation BBQs at many locations around noon. Find a location and sign up here.
Help Restore the Duwamish
What to Expect: A restoration celebration at Seattle Duwamish River watershed. Volunteer at one of 12 restoration sites including a river cleanup by kayak and canoe, shoreline salmon restoration and forest tree planting. No experience is necessary! Head to the annual Earth Day Festival after the work party for free food, live music, hands-on art activities for the kids and a forest film.
Details: 4/17 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Earth Day Festival for work party participants 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Pathfinder K-8. Info at http://pugetsound.org/events/duwamishalive.
Explore The International District’s Danny Woo Community Gardens
What to Expect: A crop of local gardeners on hand to talk about community gardening, how to score your own plot, and a tour of the garden.
Details: 4/17. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free to participate in tour. Danny Woo International District Community Garden at Maynard Avenue and Main Street in ID.