Youth Education Program
The Arboretum Foundation funds the UW Botanic Gardens educators at the Washington Park Arboretum and the majority of the costs associated with the programs they provide for Seattle-area schoolchildren. These programs include:
SEEDLINGS: Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this program teaches young students about wetland ecology and the life cycles of trees and plants through fun stories, games, and hands-on activities.
SAPLINGS: This program uses the Arboretum as an outdoor classroom to teach K-6 students about a diverse array of topics including forest ecology, native plants, wetland ecosystems, and plant biology.
SPRUCE: Students in grades 7 to 10 learn about plant evolution and adaptation in this innovative new program. They hone their fieldwork skills and learn how to make predictions about how plants will adapt to future environmental changes.
SUMMER CAMP: This new series of week-long environmental day camps in July is offered to 1st- to 6th-grade students. Each week the camp focuses on a new educational theme and outdoor adventure, with titles such as “Native Plants & People” and “Aboretum Detectives.”
Each year, the Foundation-funded Education Department coordinates a range of other outreach programs and parterships that serve the greater Seattle community. These include training Arboretum tour guides, organizing summer kayak tours of the Arboretum wetlands, and hosting the new annual Bioblitz, a day-long event in which volunteers help catalog the wild flora and fauna living in the Arboretum.
For more information on the youth education programs at the Arboretum or to register, visit the UWBG website.
How You Can Help
To make a donation in support of youth education at the Arboretum, call the Foundation at 206-325-4510 or give online.