Golden Teddy Finalist

Hey Everyone! I am been honored to have been selected as a finalist in ParentMap's 2017 Golden Teddy Awards! And I would be delighted to have your support in the final round of voting. As an incentive, just for voting, you'll be entered to win over $1,000 in prizes, including a family getaway to Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and Semiahoo Resort, Golf and Spa. 

I can be found under Camps and Classes, Wild Nature Camp, The Nature Nanny! I am up against some big time contenders, like Wilderness Awareness School, and The Girl Scouts, so I really need your help.

Please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8LWBQWK to cast your vote now through April 30!

Nature Nanny Returns to Seattle

Thank you to everyone who joined me last week at the Arboretum. It was so wonderful to come back to Seattle and be greeted by such friendly familiar faces who were excited to get back outside and see what is in store this Spring. We saw many different species of waterfowl, from the prehistoric looking American Coot to the familiar Mallard, and a discovered a plethora of microinvertebrates that live beneath the surface of Lake Washington. It was a great turn out and we learned so many new things! Sign up is open now for Summer Camp at the end of August. Don't miss out, sign up today!

Nature Nanny on the Peninsula

The Nature Nanny has made some big moves this year. From Seattle to New Zealand, to a new home in Sequim. And with all new changes it has been both a rewarding and challenging transition. It's exciting to be starting over, and I am looking forward to familiarizing myself with my new backyard, and getting new people into nature. The first adventure club is in the works for March and I am hoping to get a camp together for Spring Break. Tell your friends!

Nature Nanny in New Zealand

As my trip to New Zealand nears the end, I feel it's only apt to share some of the amazing experiences I have had. Getting to work with Wildlands Studies has been incredibly rewarding. We have traveled through both the North and South Island, met incredible people, and had the oppotunity to volunteer with great conservation organizations like Friends of Flora and Kids Restore the Kepler. New Zealand is a stunning country with a wealth of unique ecology, but a lot of it's clean green image is upheld by the wonderful volunteer organizations that make it their mission to maintain and restore the flora and fauna and I am feeling grateful and priviledged to have had this chance to make a small contribution. 

Totally Awesome Award Winner!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have received the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award  for Most Helpful Childcare Agency. I couldn't  have done it without the help and encouragement from such a wonderful community. Though I am taking a leave for 3 months, a journey to New Zealand beckons, stay tuned for more to come from The Nature Nanny in the New Year!

The Last Adventure Club... For a While

It breaks my heart to say this, but I will be taking a leave from Nature Nanny for a little while. The next adventure beckons and I am off to New Zealand to teach an ecology class for 3 months. And so I would like to squeeze in one last Adventure Club for the Fall on October 9 at 11 am. We will check out The UW Arboretum and see what Autumn has in store. We will walk the trails of the Winter Garden, visit the Giant Sequoias and check out the Oaks and their abundant acorns and foliage. The group will meet at the Graham Visitor's Center at 11 am. The program will run approximately 1.5 hours and is $10/child. We will be there rain or shine, so please come dressed accordingly. If you would like to attend please contact me or register ahead of time. Hope to see you there!

One last thing.. There is only one week left to vote for The Nature Nanny to win a Totally Awesome Award. If you have the time please vote for me. Thank you!

Carkeek Park: From Trail to Tide Pool

The next Adventure Club is coming up this Sunday, September 18 at Carkeek Park. The program runs rain or shine! We will explore some of the park's trails and seashore, play nature based games and visit a very special tree. It's a good idea to come prepared for getting close to the water, be it rain boots or secure sandals, because you will want to get close to the action. Come dressed for the weather and bring a snack if you like. We will meet at 11 am at the shelter next to the Salmon side and picnic tables. The program will run approximately 1 and a half hours and low tide is at noon and is $10/child. To secure your spot please register ahead of time as spaces are limited. Hope to see you there! 

Adventure Club at Carkeek Park

The next Adventure Club is coming up Saturday, August 13 at Carkeek Park. We will explore some of the park's trails and seashore, play nature based games and visit a very special tree. It's a good idea to come prepared for getting close to the water, be it rain boots or secure sandals, because you will want to get close to the action. We will meet at 10 am at the shelter next to the Salmon side and picnic tables. To secure your spot please register ahead of time as spaces are limited. Hope to see you there! 

A Summer Camp They'll Never Forget

The Nature Nanny is offering two weeks of Summer Camp August 8-12 and August 15-19 at Carkeek Park. The student-led learning experience is designed to inspire curiosity and develop a healthy sense of adventure.  We will learn about the local flora and fauna, play games and explore the trails. Pick up and drop off are at the shelter between the Salmon Slide and picnic tables. Half day, full day and weeklong enrollment spots are available. Rates are as follows:

Half Day (9 am - 1 pm): $45                                

Full Day (9 am -3 pm): $65

Weeklong (9 am - 3 pm): $300

Refer a friend and get $25 off the week. Space is limited, enroll now.