Planting seeds of wild literacy
Plant with nature
Environmental literacy is defined as "an individual's understanding, skills, and motivation to make responsible decisions that consider their relationships to natural systems, communities and future generations." - No Oregon Child Left Inside Act, 2009
Wild literacy happens when we get to know a place and become a part of it. Getting to know and notice your local flora and fauna leads to a feeling of ease, and opens up connections that over time become not unlike dear friends.
Restorative Tree Walks
Open your senses to the restorative power of being among trees. Walk, notice new things, sit awhile and listen. Return with a restored sense of connection.
Oaks for Climate
Planting for a climate resilient future? Higher summer temperatures, reduced snow pack and winters as wet as ever have arrived in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon white oak is well adapted to areas that are very wet in the winter and hot and dry in the summer. They also provide food and shelter for over 200 species, big and small! If you have an open patch with full-sun, consider ‘oakscaping.’
Welcome Nature Home
Ready to plant habitat for pollinators, birds and people where you live? Naturescaping describes a patch of yard that is planted with 3-5 canopy layers of majority native plants. In the Pacific Northwest, we have an astonishing variety of native plants to choose from! Learn to read your microclimate(s), connect with your place, and make a plan to plant that welcomes nature.
Guidance for DIY gardeners working to restore habitat by adding a patch of native plants in your yard.
Nature Skills for Youth
Shelter, water, fire, food – that’s the survival order dude.