Birds, Butterflies and Bees for Burien in 2019

This program is funded by the Port of Seattle’s Airport Community Ecology “ACE” small grants fund.
We’re partners with the City of Burien, the National Wildlife Federation, New Start Academy in the Highline School District, the New Start Community Garden  and other non-profits to deliver this program on pollinators.  We’re installing native plants that provide important habitat for pollinators and native birds in a Burien Park, hosting classes and a workshop in the Spring on birdhouse making which will be open to the community, presenting information at booths during the Burien Farmers Market in the summer, and working with New Start Academy for a unit on birds and pollinators.

Want to build a Chickadee Birdhouse?  View the Plan and Download Here

Here’s our calendar of events that support this program.
Volunteers can earn Community service hours at all events.
To sign up, Contact Grace at 425.228.7927

February 16, 2019 Sat

  • Bird Fest at Burien Community with Environmental Science Center

February 16, 2019 Sat @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166, USA

Help set-up and host our information booth on Wildlife Gardening to attract Birds, Butterflies and Bees to your yard or balcony.

March 16, 2019

  • Potting up bare-root plants for April projects with the National Wildlife Federation habitat stewards for the Mathison Park  Pollinator Garden.   Community volunteers welcome!

March 16, 2019 Sat @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Contact Grace at 425.228.7927 for details or to sign up.
Gloves and a light lunch provided.

April 13, 2019 Sat – 2 Activities

  • Morning Class on Butterflies & Native Pollinators: Garden Habitat & Restoration presented by Julie O’Donald

April 13, 2019 Sat @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166, USA

This class presented by Julie O’Donald will cover a range of topics and identify a variety of pollinators that may be found in Puget Sound gardens and natural areas. Julie shares tips about landscape features that promote healthy pollinator populations.  Photos and identification of local pollinators are included. The program will provide a look at native plants beneficial to pollinators and show ways to incorporate native plants into garden and park landscapes. In August 2012, a rare pollinator was discovered in Julie’s habitat garden in Brier, WA. She will explain the steps that led to making a pollinator friendly garden and the re-discovery of a missing pollinator, Bombus occidentalis, aka Western Bumble Bee.

Volunteers needed at 8:AM for set-up, arranging chairs, sign-up.


  • Afternoon Birdhouse Building Construction Workshop

April 13, 2019 Sat @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166, USA

Volunteers needed for the afternoon to help with the birdhouse workshop.  Tools and materials provided.

This program is presented by the Nature Stewards Program and made possible by a grant from the Port of Seattle, Airport Community Ecology Fund “Birds, Butterflies, and Bees for Burien.”


April 19, 2019 Fri

  • Mark your calendar! Arbor Day – Earth Day Tree Planting with the City of Burien at the north end of Arbor Lake Park

April 19, 2019 Friday – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Arbor Lake Park, 12380 2nd Ave S, Burien, WA 98168, USA


April 20, 2019 Sat

  • NWF Habitat Stewards and Community Volunteers Plant and Mulch Native Pollinator Plants in Mathison Park. All volunteers welcome. Many hands make light work. Gloves, tools, and light lunch provided.

    April 20, 2019 Sat @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

April 22, 2019 Mon

    • Earth Day planting and activities with New Start Academy high school at the New Start Community Garden. Gloves and tools provided. Native plants supplied by a grant from Port of Seattle Airport Community Ecology Fund. Time TBA. Check back for further details.

      April 22, 2019 Mon @ 9:00 am11:00 am
      New Start High School, 614 SW 120th St, Seattle, WA 98146

    • Second phase with entire school planting native plants at NSCG

      April 22, 2019 Mon @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm

April 27th, 2019 Thu

  • Help plant Pollinator Plants at the Hazel Valley Rain Garden
    Learn how to Garden for Wildlife, and attract Birds, Butterflies and Bees to your Yard

May 2, 2019 Thu

  • Opening Day of the Burien Farmer’s Market
    Visit the Birds, Butterflies and Bees for Burien Booth and learn how to Garden for Wildlife.

Learn how to “Garden for Wildlife” and about native plants that provide habitat for Bird, Butterflies and Bees.
Volunteers needed at 7:AM to help set up the information booth.

May 14 – 19, 2019 Tue-Sun

  • Wildlife in the City Week with National Wildlife Federation
    On May 18th, 11:00 AM, Nature Stewards and the National Wildlife Federation, along with community volunteers, dedicate the two new Rain Gardens at the Hazel Valley Community Food Garden located behind the Highline United Methodist Church on 128th and 1st Ave SW in Burien, WA.

June 22, 2019 Sat

  • NW Animal and Nature Festival with Discover Burien

June 22, 2019 Sat @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Discover Burien Association, 427 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166, USA

Volunteers needed to help set up and host our information booth about creating Wildlife Habitats to attract Birds, Butterflies and Bees to your yard or balcony.

Visit the Calendar Page for the all upcoming volunteer projects, pollinator class and workshop.

Plants for Birds from on Vimeo.


July 4, 2019 Thu

  • 4th of July Parade in Downtown Burien. Volunteers needed to carry the Nature Stewards banner “Birds, Butterflies and Bees for Burien” in the parade. Contact Grace 425.228.7927 to sign-up. Volunteers are to be in place at beginning of parade route at 2:30 PM. We also have 3 bee costumes and 2 butterfly wing costumes that will accompany the Birds, Butterflies and Bees for Burien banner.

    July 4, 2019 Thu @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm


July 9 – 11, 2019 Tue, Wed, Thursday – 3 Day Workshop

Volunteers welcome to help with the kid’s Native Bird Workshop and Birdhouse Building project at Seahurst Park with Grace Stiller of Nature Stewards, Irene Danysh of Community Visions, and Aurelio Barajas and Norma Ortiz of New Futures. Van arrives at New Futures, departs to park at 9:45. We are in the south shelter. Class begins at 10:00 AM. Two sessions for 2 groups of kids will last most of the day. Parking is free.
Ed Munro Seahurst Park(1711 SW 140th St)


Saturday, September 1410:00am – 1:00pm

Class on Sustainable Water Practices for Your Pollinator Garden and How to implement them. Volunteers are needed to help set up and host the event.
14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166, USA