Our Programs include Education – Community Service – Habitat Restoration – Advocacy – Workshops
There’s something for every volunteer, area of interest, and level of commitment!
Student and adult volunteers participate in projects that positively affect the environmental health of their local neighborhoods and public areas.
We invite all ages to participate. To volunteer or participate in a project or event, see How to Volunteer. To support our mission, see Donate.
- “Arbor Day Tree Planting” Supports Wildlife by Planting Native Trees and Plants in Public Parks
Participants learn how to correctly plant a tree, facts about native trees and their function in the ecosystem. This is an opportunity for kids to give back to their community and help the environment. The event takes place in a public park or open space.
- “ Art in Nature” Connects Kids to the Nature through Art and Culture Activities
Students discover the connection between art and nature with engaging activities in and out of the classroom that inspire environmental stewardship and an appreciation for nature. Activities include various art and culture workshops ranging from crafts, collage, theater, music and video.
- “Boots on the Ground” Encourages Environmental Stewardship
This program encourages and facilitates volunteer stewardship of public places. Youth and adult Weed Warrior volunteers have the opportunity to get their gloves dirty and make a difference in their local parks and public places. Stabilized weed infestations are often large and economically unfeasible for cities and communities to control successfully without assistance from non-profit organizations like the Nature Stewards. Projects include invasive weed assessment, removal, and habitat restoration using native species plants and trees that stabilize the environment after removing the invasive weeds.
- “Climate Outloud” Panel Discussions about Climate Change
Climate Outloud is a facilitated discussion about climate and what the youths and local organizations
are doing to secure a livable future. This program is currently in partnership with King County Library System, in the “Everybody’s Talking About It” series. “When everybody’s talking about it we can make a difference.” We’re discussing the youth’s court case against the federal government for not securing their future on a livable planet with reasonable carbon reduction targets.
This short video is about youth Earth Guardians.
- “Eat Your Garden” Explores Sustainable Gardening Practices
Participants learn about healthy garden environments that are beneficial to humans and wildlife, and experience hands-on activities and techniques for sustainable gardening. Our Sustainable Gardening workshops include topics like incorporating edible natives in your veggie and flower garden, using organic fertilizers, composting and worm bins. Participants have the opportunity to volunteer at local community gardens. They learn skills and principles that are relevant and can be used throughout their lives as environmental stewards and sustainable gardeners.
- “Earth Day Essentials” Offers Information on Backyard Wildlife Habitats
April 22nd 2017, Saturday – Celebrate Earth Day in Newcastle at the VonRanker Residence – Open to the Public
This is a yard party hosted by the Nature Stewards Program at the VonRanker’s Native Wildlife Habitat in Newcastle, WA.
Past events have been a full day of celebration with workshops and networking opportunities where other environmental non-profits and “green,” Eco-friendly businesses share their environmental sustainable practices and products. We have plant trees, offered activities for kids and workshops on various topics related to the environment.
We have produced Newcastle Earth Day since 2008, focusing on the many ways to Steward the Planet.
- “Earth Heroes” Awards Students for their Earth Friendly Classroom Activities
We host award ceremonies for students of elementary schools. Today’s youths are tomorrow’s leaders and environmental stewards. A connection to the environment while young helps youths shape positive engagement in their adult lives.
- “Get Your Earth On!” Engages and Connects Kids to the Natural Environment
Youths of all ages experience fun, learning activities in the classroom and out of doors. Participants discover how a wetland works, where storm water goes, what lives below the water in Puget Sound, the life cycle of the salmon, native plants and noxious weeds, and more…. Activities include learning about the life cycle of the Pacific Northwest Salmon, gardening, building a butterfly or bird habitat, learning about electric vehicles, having fun with crafts, art, music, and theater.
- “Knights of the Living Forest” Develops Advocacy for Causes in Support of the Natural landscape and Wildlife
Participants learn about chivalry as it pertains to the environment. The program empowers today’s youths who are tomorrow’s citizens, civic leaders, to become environmental stewards and to stand up for a sustainable, healthy environment. We encourage everyone to get involved, help shape the environmental health of their public places. Participants experience activities in their local community while learning what it means to be an environmental steward.
- “Living in Harmony with Nature” Encourages the Use of Native Plants in Landscapes to Support Wildlife
This includes our work as the Newcastle Community Wildlife Habitat Team Leaders and Burien Community Wildlife Habitat Team members with National Wildlife Federation. See our past projects here
- “National Trails Day” Connects Kids to Nature with a Walk/Hike on a Local Trail
Take a Walk on the Wild-Side as we explore a local trail. Learn about the local flora and fauna found along the trail.
- “Up-Cycling Native Plants” Stewards Rescue Native Plants
Volunteers rescue plants from demolition in areas slated for development, transplanting to parks and backyard habitats. Many beautiful native plants can be up-cycled to our nursery and used in our “Boots on the Ground” restoration, Rain Garden projects, and fundraisers. More about this program is coming soon.