This week, the Environmental Education section of Seattle Parks and Recreation started their sixth year of offering environmental education activities for youth attending our Free Summer Meals and Recreation Activities program in Seattle parks. Programming staff and volunteers spend two hours at a site engaging participants in activities such as catching and studying insects, learning how to use scientific equipment such as hand lenses and dissecting scopes, participating in art activities such as leaf rubbings and sun prints, learning what plants need by planting seeds, and exposure to reading through nature-based storybooks.
This program is designed to engage folks in their communities in environmental learning, provide activities for those attending the food service program, and aid in bridging the gap between summer and the school year for Seattle youth.
Staff are offering activities at four different sites this summer from 1:30-3 p.m.: Highland Park on Wednesdays, Powell-Barnett on Thursdays, Roxhill on Thursdays, and Othello on Fridays.
In the first week, approximately 60 people participated in environmental learning.
The program will continue through the third week in August.
Learn more about the Free Summer Meals and Recreation Activities program here.