Nature Consortium's mission is to connect people, arts, and nature.
Nature Consortium inspires people in Puget Sound to become creative leaders through art and environmental action. We believe in experiential learning. Whether it's discovering a new art form or planting a tree for the first time, we invite you to roll up your sleeves and dig in.
Since 2003, we have been working to restore Seattle's biggest forest, the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Our Urban Forest Restoration Project is a long-term stewardship, education & advocacy project that offers hands-on experience in environmental action. Through this project, we host on-going volunteer work parties to plant native trees and understory and to clear invasive vegetation. Our Saturday work parties also feature live musicians to infuse the arts with our environmental work.
Our after-school and summer art classes offer a free and accessible way for youth to express their creativity. These classes serve youth in King County, primarily in low-income communities like Yesler Terrace and Rainier Vista. Offerings include photography, music, dance, organic gardening, nature-themed art, urban art, ceramics, and more.
Every year, as a culmination of our work, Nature Consortium hosts the Arts in Nature Festival in West Seattle to celebrate the outdoors and showcase local artists and performers. The festival encompasses music, dance, theatre, fire performances, wandering performers, a museum of sound and hands-on art & naturalist activities.
by Volunteer C. from Seattle, WA
(Administrator for this Organization)(November 28, 2012)
They are doing an amazing job connecting people, arts and nature. I stared out at the festival in August- performing artists all over the woods, "WOW" and all of them paid a living wage. Then I got involved in Restoration and learned about how the West Duwamish Greenbelt is Seattle's largest forest and the history, plus great tips on tool safety, native plant ID and a banjo player came out in the woods and played for our group! I have also supported their "Monkey Mail" parties- yup monkeying around while stuffing envelopes, ton of fun! The staff is amazing, the mission is epic-this is the place to be if you want to make a difference in the arts, with youth or Seattle's largest forest. I had such a great time with NC I am now their Volunteer Coordinator!