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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


March 6, 2013


Build a backyard habitat with zoo classes this spring


Gigi Allianic, Caileigh Robertson
206.548.2550 |

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Create and sustain your own backyard habitat with a series of classes at Woodland Park Zoo this spring designed to show you how to turn your backyard, schoolyard or community garden into healthy habitat for wildlife.

Photo: Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo 


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, PAWS Wildlife Center, Washington Native Plant Society, and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife about how to design your wildlife habitat, attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard, select and care for native plants, manage your backyard sustainably, 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.

Attracting Birds to your Backyard
Wednesday, March 20, 7 - 9 p.m.
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, gardening practices, placement and maintenance of bird feeders and nest boxes, and use of water features.

Keeping Pets and Wildlife Safe in your Backyard Habitat
Thursday, April 4, 7 - 9 p.m.
Pets are an important part of many families, but pets don’t always coexist peacefully with the wildlife you attract to your backyard habitat. Pets can also be harmed by certain plants that occur in many gardens. Please join Kevin Mack, PAWS Wildlife Center Naturalist, and David Selk, Woodland Park Zoo horticulturist, to learn how to protect both pets and wildlife in your backyard habitat.

Spring Plants and Planting
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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.

Site Evaluation, Design and Maintenance
Tuesday, May 7, 7 - 9 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.

Water Features for Wildlife
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Clean, fresh water is a crucial part of any habitat. Join Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Biologist Chris Anderson and Woodland Park Zoo Animal Curator Dr. Jennifer Pramuk in learning about the variety of ways you can provide water for urban wildlife in your own backyard. You'll learn about different types of water features, such as ponds, birdbaths and fountains. You'll also learn about the natural history of local amphibians and how to provide habitat for these sensitive animals.


Series runs this spring, March 20 through May 21. See class descriptions above for individual class dates and times.


$25 per person, per registered class; or $100 per person for the five-part series if you register Wednesday, March 20 before 3 p.m.


To register, go to


For more information, visit or call 206.548.2500.


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