I've had the pleasure of working with Nancy and the crew over at Nature Consortium a number of times over the past few years. I've acted as an entertainer for their restoration projects and their summer festival. All my interaction with Nature C have felt both professional and familial. Their mission is one of the most cohesive and important that I've seen. As a member of the outdoor community the connection of nature and art to the next generations resonates with me deeply. Without a deep connection to the natural spaces of our world, the pool of potential custodians for our planet dwindles.
I've worked intimately with Nature Consortium during the last year participating in a large percentage of their volunteer forest restoration events. I live along the Duwamish River (sometimes called the dirtiest river in America and a Federal superfund site) and was looking for a way to get involved in the restoration of the river and the surrounding environment because the environmental degradation in my neighborhood has had a profound effect on the health and well being of my community. Nature Consortium has been my answer. They've been great in fulfilling their mission of connecting people, arts and nature. The forest restoration program has helped transform me into a stakeholder in my community and has helped inspire me to be an advocate and difference maker for my community. I've gained an incredible amount of knowledge about Northwest forests and environmental justice working with the staff on the forest restoration program. They're extremely knowledgeable and willing to share about the urban forest that comprises the West Duwamish Greenbelt where restoration volunteer events take place. Their volunteer events always provide what a volunteer needs, tools, water and gloves. It makes it really easy to drop in and make a difference in the forest impacting my community. Everyday I am thankful that I am able to work with this organization because they've helped inspire me to believe in myself, my community and my environment. They have a wonderful staff who through their passion, dedication and expertise have helped transform the organization into an invaluable cornerstone of our local community.
Nature Consortium is an organization that strengthens community through an arts in nature festival, forest restoration, and a youth arts program. I volunteered at one of their forest restoration work parties and was pleasantly surprised to find myself in a beautiful forest in the middle of the city.