Lake Forest Park Restoration Stewardship in

Grace Cole Nature Park

Become a Restoration Steward in Lake Forest Park

This stewardship program will focus on education and forest restoration in Grace Cole Nature Park.

Stewards will receive training in ecology to do forest restoration work in Grace Cole Nature Park. Restoration Stewards are invited to commit to the program for most 3rd Saturdays of each month, with training sessions occurring online the prior Thursday afternoon. The program starts June 17th!

Enrollment is limited. To sign up and for further information, email Joy Wood at stewardship@restorationad.com by June 3rd.

Goals of the Program

  • To build a cohort of Restoration Stewards that work well together and can strategize to reach key and site-specific ecological decisions

  • To work with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation and the City to equitably recruit, retain, and work with a diversity of community volunteers

Learning objectives

  • Will be able to determine the right place for the right plant

  • Will be able to prioritize and strategize restoration activities

  • Will be able to determine Best Management Practices for site specific conditions

  • Will be able to manage community volunteer events safely and with fun for everyone

  • Will be able to teach plant installation and tool safety techniques

  • Will be able to differentiate between native and invasive vegetation

  • Will be able to maintain control of invasive vegetation and monitor health of plant installations

WORKSHOP TIMELINE

Workshops Content

2021

June 17 (online)

  • Welcome to Forest Restoration Stewardship in Lake Forest Park!

  • Introduction to Grace Cole Nature Park and Forest Stewardship Plan

  • Ecological Restoration 101 and the Importance of Stewardship

  • Baseline Ecological Evaluation

July 15 (online)

  • Learn key native vegetation and key invasive species

  • Best Management Practices - Invasive Vegetation Removal Strategies

August 19 (outside)

  • Restoration Project Site Visits

  • Compare Older and Newer Site Areas

September 16 (online)

  • Key Native Plants to Install for Restoration

  • Develop Native Plant Orders for Fall Installation

October 14 (outside)

  • Managing Larger Work Parties - Welcoming Community Volunteers

  • Tool Safety - Practice Tool Safety Talks

  • Planting Techniques and How to Teach Them

November 18 (outside)

  • Plant Placement and Staging Strategies

  • Plant Installation and Mulch Ring Techniques

December 16 (inside)

  • * Restoration Steward Celebration

2022

  • Conifer Tree Identification

  • Natural History of Puget Sound Ecoregion

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge

  • King County Noxious Weeds

  • Climate Change and Restoration

  • Upcoming Plant Water Stressors

  • Best Management Practices Refresher

  • Trail Maintenance

  • Volunteer Diversity, Recruitment, Outreach, and Retention

  • Follow-up Ecological Evaluation Results

  • Monitoring and Adaptive Management Planning

  • RESTORATION STEWARD GRADUATION

*Workshops will only be held in a classroom setting indoors if current health and safety guidelines determine that it is safe to do so.

Thursday Workshops
4:00-6:00pm

2021

Jun-17

Jul-15

Aug-19

Sep-16

Oct-14

Nov-18

2022

Jan-13

Feb-17

Mar-17

Apr-14

May-19

Jun-16

Saturday Work Parties
9:00am-1:00pm

2021

Jun-19

Jul-17

Aug-21

Sep-18

Oct-16

Nov-20

2022

Jan-15

Feb-19

Mar-19

Apr-16

May-21

Jun-18

Restoration Analytics & Design LLC (RAD) works with the King Conservation District (KCD) Urban Forest Health Management Program and the City and Stewardship Foundation of Lake Forest Park to bring this opportunity to the City of Lake Forest Park