Monday, October 25, 2010

Urban Forestry and Paper!

Well, that sort of goes together but we're actually talking about two very different classes. The first class is from our excellent teacher Dorothy who is teaching us yet again how to do great things with paper. Think that folding paper might be dull? Check out this great picture Dorothy sent with her class description!

Here's the full class description:
Paper Power—Folding, Cutting, and Rolling
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Crown Hill United Methodist Church
Here is your chance to get an early start on the holidays. This workshop consists of nine paper projects. Each project will be set up at a different station and you will move from station to station working on your favorites. Step-by-step instructions will be located at each station, and the facilitator will provide demonstrations as needed. All supplies and tools will be provided. You just need to come and have fun creating any one or all of the following projects (left to right on the photo): German stars, kirigami snowflakes, teabag folding, tree ornaments, iris folding, 3D snowflakes, pillow boxes, paper beads, and origami boxes. The workshop will start at 1:00 p.m. and you can stay until you are done (up to 4 hours). All ages are welcome—entire families are encouraged.

Date and Time:
Sunday, November 14, 1:00 to 5:00

Crown Hill United Methodist Church
8500 – 14th Avenue NW
Bus Routes #48 or #15

Dorothy Skans is a life-long crafter and a Seattle native. She decided to join Seattle Free School in order to pass along her love of paper art as well as to pass along her over abundance of paper.

The next class is on Beginning Urban Forest Restoration and is actually a series of classes complete with Field Trips!

Beginning Urban Forest Restoration
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: various
Enjoy being in a forest? Want to know more about what you can do to keep Seattle forests thriving? Learn some basic concepts & simple skills, and get connected with Seattle\'s network of volunteers taking care of our forests. 2 class days and 3 field days covering:

-Forest features
-Special issues for urban forests
-Plant structure
-Native plant identification
-Invasive plant identification
-Tool usage
-Invasive removal techniques
-Planting techniques
-Forest Management Plans
-Community connections
For the classes please bring: Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar & Mackinnon
Optional: Wild Plants of Greater Seattle by Jacobson

For the field days please dress for the weather, with sturdy clothes & work boots Be prepared to get dirty. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Meeting Times and Locations:

To plan your trip by bus (expect some walking to get to Golden Gardens and Carkeek work parties).

Class - Sunday December 5, 9:00 - 12:00. 9543 Greenwood Avenue North. Enter through the alley to the building\'s fenced patio door.

Field Day - Saturday December 11, 9:00 - 12:00 Monthly work party at Golden Gardens Park. 8498 Seaview Place. Gather south of the Dog Off Leash Area in the upper forest region.

Field Day - Sunday December 12, 9:00 - 12:00 Monthly work party at Landover Park 145th St. & 3rd Ave. NW. Meet at the park\'s entranceway.

Field Day - Saturday December 18, 9:00 - 12:00 Monthly work party at Carkeek Park 950 NW Carkeek Park Road. Follow the STARS signs to the meeting place. If you\'re not driving, you may want to consider taking the long, safer walk through the entrance on NW 100th Place & McAbee. Nice walk. When you get to the meadow past the water treatment facility, take the upper sidewalk to the meeting location.

Class - Sunday December 19, 9:00 - 12:00 9543 Greenwood Avenue North. Enter through the alley to the building\'s fenced patio door.

Feel free to call the facilitator with any questions 206/898-1006.

Rhonda Goebel
Golden Gardens Forest Steward

As always you can register for our classes by going to the Seattle Free School website: