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Earth Month 2024: Energetic kindergarteners, new sites, and lots of volunteers!

Earth Month is always a whirlwind here at Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), and April 2024 was no exception.  DNDA’s Nature team hosted 16 community events in April and worked with more than 300 community and student volunteers — our largest numbers since 2015.  We have written elsewhere about hosting our first-ever volunteer event at…

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Kids embark on adventures, learn to rock climb at Camp Long

In April, fifteen elementary and middle school students spent their spring break with Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) at our ninth annual EcoArts Spring Nature Camp. For five days, the kids explored the forests and trails of Camp Long — a 68-acre urban forest located in Delridge — with boundless curiosity. The camp is hosted…

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Plant Profile: Sunshine brings pearly everlasting

Every summer, people from all around the Pacific Northwest travel to Washington to take in the millions of native wildflowers growing along the Columbia River. Many do not know how easy it is to replicate a native wildflower meadow in their own backyard, or even in a window box!   Wildflowers are great for pollinators, and…

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Heading North: Introducing our new restoration site

Just in time for April’s Earth Month, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association’s (DNDA) Nature team is expanding our reach northward to a new forest restoration site in the Duwamish Head Greenbelt!  Through DNDA’s long-term relationship with the Green Seattle Partnership, our team will be starting restoration work at a site near Seacrest Park in the Fairmount…

Bandit Theater’s “Mad Science” crew at a past performance. Photo by Bandit Theater.

Nurturing Our Neighborhoods: Bandit Theater bringing improv to communities

There are countless nonprofits working to build community every day, but not many do it like Bandit Theater.  “We realized that the best way to build community through comedy is to bring comedy to community,” said Annie Barry, the founder and artistic director of Bandit Theater. After working in comedy theaters across the country for…

A coho salmon returning to Longfellow Creek to spawn struggles to swim upstream after traveling hundreds of miles to its final destination.

6PPD: How it harms salmon and what DNDA is doing to help

When rain falls, as it did on 120 days in Seattle last year, it usually lands on hard surfaces, like sidewalks, streets, rooftops, and cars. As it makes its way toward storm drains, the water carries pollution from microplastics, fertilizers, trash, tires, and other contaminants. Normally, this rainwater is collected and cleaned by wastewater treatment…

Co-executive directors of DNDA posing with mascot Buoy. Photo by photographer Jamison A. Johnson.

More than 150 Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena staff volunteered to restore Camp Long

On Wednesday, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) hosted more than 150 employees of the Seattle Kraken, Climate Pledge Arena, Kraken Community Iceplex, and Oak View Group at a forest restoration event at Camp Long.  The volunteers — which included the Kraken’s mascot, Buoy the sea troll, as well the team’s co-owner and co-chair, Samantha Holloway — collectively…

Claudia Villalobos setting up an Art Outside booth with festivities behind her for the Lowrider Block Party by The Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery in White Center. Photo by LouBaba Boury.

Nurturing Our Neighborhoods: Seattle Paint Party making art accessible for all

Young kids and teenagers flooded into Seattle Paint Party’s art booth at a block party in White Center — hosted by Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery —  last summer. They stood in awe at the many art stations to choose from, including watercolors, jewelry making, painting, and button designing. When parents asked how much it all…

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Seattle Kraken honor former DNDA board president and staff member

At the Seattle Kraken vs. Vancouver Canucks game on February 22, the Kraken and their partners honored longtime Delridge community leader Willard Brown as a “Hero of the Deep,” which included a $32,000 donation to a nonprofit of his choice. Willard dedicated the Kraken Unity Fund grant to Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) to support…