April 29th, 2017
Location: The Arboretum by the Japanese Garden*
Join us for the ninth annual Earth Gay Seattle! This year we’re partnering with OUT There Adventures to engage youth in the critical connection between queer identity and environmental action. Earth Gay is an inclusive space for all ages, abilities, genders, race/ethnicities, classes, and orientations to get dirty while meeting new friends and making a difference in our community.
Thank you to Whole Foods for supplementing our snack budget! This is their fourth year to do so and we appreciate the support!!
We will be working to complete the work that we began last year on the very same trail. Challenges with the surrounding project prevented Parks from completing the work last summer so we will get to go full circle on this project with Earth Gay Seattle. In addition to the task of surfacing we will also be maintaining the vegetation along the trail corridor and doing some trail head restoration (planting and boulder placement).
9AM: Group welcome
- Introduction to Washington Arboretum by Jacobo
- Lessons in Plant Identification (native v. non-native)
- Tools Safety / Do’s & Don’ts
- Some words by Mayor Ed Murray
- Some words by Out There Adventures
- One or two lines of motivation from OUT for Sustainability
- Assign Volunteers to Group Leaders
- Quick Stretch
9:30AM: Work begins!
9:30AM: OUT There Adventures ice breakers
- OTA youth members will be guided through ice breaker exercises before joining with the larger group.
- Group Picnic / Mingle
- Group Photo
11:30PM: More Work!
- Continue restoration and maintenance projects within Arboretum area.
12:45PM: Final Wrap Up / Breakdown
- Gratitude and words of thanks
We will gather at the south entrance parking lot adjacent to the Japanese Garden at 9am. North of the soccer field. (1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112).
HOW TO PREP:
We’ll provide some water and light snacks through the day, but please bring your own water and a bottle you can reuse, and a packed lunch if you wish for the break. Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. Feel free to bring your own gloves if you have a favorite pair. Sunscreen is recommended, and any medication you may need on hand.
This event’s goal is to be accessible for all abilities, but please remain responsible for your own health and rest as needed through the morning. This event is for all ages and backgrounds and is on public land, so will be strictly alcohol and drug free. Any discrimination based on race/ethnicity, gender expression, orientation, class, age, ability, or otherwise will not be tolerated. Thank you in advance for making this a whole-community safe space.
To learn more, volunteer to help plan, or partner with OUT4S and OTA on promotion or sponsorship, please contact either: