Create and sustain your own backyard habitat with a series of classes this spring designed to show you how to turn your backyard, schoolyard or community garden into healthy habitat for wildlife. Learn from experts from Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Audubon, Seattle Tilth, and Washington Native Plant Society how to design your wildlife habitat, attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard, select and care for native plants, manage your yard sustainably, coexist peacefully with the wildlife you attract, and get your yard certified as a Backyard Habitat.
Classes are designed to build on each other as a series, but may also be taken separately.
Site Evaluation, Design and Maintenance – Wed., March 14, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join Allen Howard, Woodland Park Zoo horticulture staff, to learn the basic principles of creating habitat for wildlife, with a focus on planning, site analysis, design and garden maintenance.
Attracting Birds To Your Backyard – Wed., March 28, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Offered in partnership with Seattle Audubon. Join Neil Zimmerman, Seattle Audubon Outreach Chair and Master Birder, to learn how to attract and care for birds in your yard through plant selection, placement and maintenance of bird feeders and nestboxes, and use of water features.
Spring Plants and Planting – Sat., April 7, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Offered in partnership with Washington Native Plant Society. Join Monica Vander Vieren, Washington Native Plant Society Native Plant Steward, and David Selk, Woodland Park Zoo horticulturist, to discover how different plants in your garden can provide for the basic needs of wildlife. The class includes a plant walk around zoo grounds focusing on aesthetic and size considerations, as well as proper planting techniques.
NEW CLASS: Your Vegetable Garden as a Backyard Habitat – Sat., April 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Offered in partnership with Seattle Tilth and the Garden Hotline. Your backyard vegetable garden not only provides fresh fruits and vegetables for your family and friends, but can also provide habitat for wildlife! Join Laura Matter, The Garden Hotline Program Coordinator, to learn how you can provide food, water, and shelter for wildlife while you grow delicious food to eat!
Butterflies and Bees – Wed., April 25, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join Woodland Park Zoo entomologist Erin Sullivan and horticulturist David Selk to discover how to attract and care for local butterflies and bees. You'll learn about the importance of these backyard pollinators as well as the threats they face and what you can do to help, including insect-friendly gardening practices.
Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo serves as a vital resource for tens of thousands of students and teachers across Washington state each year. Both inside and outside the classroom, Woodland Park Zoo brings science-based curriculum to life by connecting learners to nature and creating pathways to conservation action. The Education Department offers an array of activities that develop ecological literacy in learners of all ages, including zoo-based and outreach programs, field trips, public programs, classes, camps, teacher workshops and a zoowide volunteer program.
For more information, visit http://www.zoo.org or call 206.548.2500.