Delridge Wetland and Stewardship Project
The Delridge Wetland, located on 23rd Ave SW and SW Findlay St, is a project spearheaded by DNDA to protect, restore, preserve and expand the existing wetland to improve water quality in Longfellow Creek, meanwhile developing the space as a public park for all to enjoy. Beside wetland restoration, other plans for the park include the creation of an urban garden, community orchard, as well as developing the space as an outdoor classroom for local students and the community to learn hands-on environmental science and wetland stewardship.
The Delridge Wetland Park project is creating space for increased community use in addition to restoring a unique urban greenspace in the Longfellow Creek watershed. The Wetland Workshop Series offers a variety of free events put on by DNDA, to facilitate a re-introduction between our communities and the Delridge Wetland. The goal for the workshop series is to address community priorities, offer fun and informative environmental education experiences, and support further community connections and resiliency.
Next Workshop Series Event:
Sunday, February 16th 2020, 1pm – 3pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Have you ever wondered what that little brown bird over there is? Or who on earth is singing so loudly outside your window at 4 a.m.? Do you consider yourself...bird curious?
Well have we got a workshop for you!
Join Seattle Audubon and the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association to learn how to easily identify 25 common bird species right in your own backyard. You’ll learn to tell a Song Sparrow from a Dark-eyed Junco, and a Dark-eyed Junco from a Black-caped Chickadee. But that’s not all. We’ll discuss the cultural importance of Pacific Northwest birds to local tribes, threats to our feathered friends and what we can all do to protect them. Finally, we’ll end with a hands-on, in-the-field exercise that puts your new ID skills to use with the eBird community science mobile application. Participants will be challenged to continue practicing their new ID skills and eBird, with the top contributor after a month receiving a special gift from Seattle Audubon!
MEET THE WORKSHOP LEADERS:
Bri Castilleja is … Environmental Education Coordinator
Joshua Morris is … Urban Conservation Manager
Elizabeth Muntean is … Americorps Urban Environmental Educator
Anna Murphey is … Americorps Urban Environmental Educator
Questions? Please contact DNDA’s Environmental Education Coordinator, Bri Castilleja.
Upcoming 2020 workshop events:
- March: Environmental Career Pathways
- April: What’s the Buzz about Native Pollinators?
- May: Decolonizing Environmental Education & TEK
- June: Block Party!
- August: PNW Medicinal & Edible Plants
- September: Whose Fault Is It Anyway?! Puget Sound Basin Geology
Restoring the wetland isn’t just about making our local environment healthier by reducing flooding, improving water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat. In addition to engaging local schools and getting youth involved with environmental stewardship and hands-on science, a key aspect of our mission for the Delridge Wetland Park is to create a welcoming place for you to connect with your community. By installing edible native plants and creating a community food garden, we will increase access to healthy food in the neighborhood. The gathering space will also be ideal for socializing with friends and neighbors, or for simply enjoying the beauty of nature.
Our weekly wetland restoration work parties serve to bring people together under a common cause. Working together to make our neighborhood a healthier place to live can help strengthen our community ties and relationships.
Community Health Profile
Developed in partnership with the National Park Service, this community health profile examines existing health indicators and needs of residents living in the Delridge corridor, a planning zone along Delridge Way SW. It considers both community health and the built environment. It contains information about the potential impacts of the future Delridge Wetland Park on the health of Delridge residents and makes recommendations for its planning and design, programming, and monitoring and evaluation.
This document is a result of research on existing plans related to health in Delridge, as well as input from a team of local community leaders and organizations that have come together as thinking partners to make decisions on the wetland park. A big thank you to all who contributed their insights to this community health profile!
Wetlands Project Partners
Wetlands Project Funders
King County Conservation Future Programs
King County Green Grants