Nature Blog

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

By communicationscoordinator | June 13, 2024

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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Plant Profile: Sunshine brings pearly everlasting

By Communications Manager | April 17, 2024

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…

Heading North: Introducing our new restoration site

By Communications Manager | April 8, 2024

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…

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

By Communications Manager | March 20, 2024

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

By Communications Manager | March 7, 2024

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…

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Partnering with DNDA’s environmental educators for forest restoration field trips

By Communications Manager | February 21, 2024

Call them lessons in “applied ecology.” At the start of 2024, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) worked at Camp Long with multiple classrooms of fifth graders from Fairmount Park Elementary. The fifth graders planted ferns, native shrubs — including salmonberry and thimbleberry — and various conifers trees. Students joined the regular restoration work parties that…