End of the Dormant Season Native Planting on Riverton Creek.

NOTE: the Homeschool Stewardship Squad’s next events…

4/11: Wetland Plant Nursery, King Conservation District, Renton

4/24: Northacres Park, Haller Lake, Seattle, GSP

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Squad was treated to a temperate spring day along Riverton Creek in Tukwila. The old plum trees left over from a former residence made for gorgeous tree climbing play breaks between planting and mulching native species. Tall vine maples were planted along with sword ferns and low Oregon grape and a red flowering currant. We were careful not to disturb the dormant Japanese knotweed root areas as even just foot traffic can stimulate growth whereas our goal is for it to continue its slow death- thanks to the herbicide injection from the professional crew in 2018.

It is unique to have a water source at a restoration site and the kids enjoyed scooping water for the new native plants to help them settle in. The Green Tukwila Partnership and City of Tukwila, including the Parks Commission, has supported the site in numerous ways and all of the volunteers happily remarked on how much work has been accomplished over the last year! Thanks to Greta W. & Olena for a few of the photographs.

Snow Cancellation - a First!

There was so much snow on the ground at Northacres Park that planting wasn’t an option and trusty stewards had already removed most of the blackberry. Ah well, more time to sled!

Stewardship Below Beautiful Mt. Si in the Three Forks Natural Area

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Squad has worked in many gorgeous locations but the Three Forks Natural Area in Three Forks Park, maintained by King County Parks, has to be one of the prettiest! It was a hot day and our crew leaders did a lovely job of finding us a mostly shaded work site where we pulled weeds from around young native trees, which are protected from destructive animal browsing by little nets.

After lunch we rewarded the kids by finishing early and heading to the awesome swimming hole on the Snoqualmie River, which has a fun mix of shallow, mellow, fun current, island, sun, shade and or course-the view of Mt. Si! The kids spotted a fish hanging out in shallow water which appears to be a type of sculpin. A little internet research turned up several possibilities for freshwater sculpin in King County (see bottom of page).

The helpful King County Parks staff mentioned that their online Park Finder interactive map has useful layers for trails, parks and public spaces to help you locate natural areas to enjoy, have a look!