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New Meetup: Exploring Natural Connections – IslandWood on Bainbridge & Chief Seattle’s Grave

From: WoMN
Sent on: Monday, July 19, 2010 11:34 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Sunshine Grove - Where everything is fun!!

What: Exploring Natural Connections ? IslandWood on Bainbridge & Chief Seattle?s Grave

When: Sunday, August 29,[masked]:15 AM

Price: $50.00 per person

Where: Islandwood Environmental Center
4450 Blakely Ave NE Bainbridge Is. Wa
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Exploring Natural Connections ? IslandWood on Bainbridge & Chief Seattle?s grave site is at the Suquamish Tribal Cemetery

You are invited to come with me, a Master Herbalist Intern & WSU Master Gardener intern and an IslandWood docet for an informational three-hour walk that will knock your socks off and fill you with ideas for the future!

*Before our 1:00 tour we will meetup on the 9:35 ferry from the Seattle Ferry Dock and have lunch together in the town of Bainbridge!

The walk will include an opportunity to see a natural bog, cattail marsh, pond, beautiful forest, a labyrinth of forested slopes and ravines covered in Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, salal, vine maple, and Oregon grape. We will also learn about the various sustainable elements of their buildings as well as their educational programs. There is even a floating classroom!!!

? Wear comfortable walking shoes - the walk is moderate (with possible mud, steep hills, and gravel); also, you'll be asked to remove your shoes in some of the buildings, so wear ones that can be easily slipped off and on
? Wear weather-appropriate clothing - much of the tour takes place outdoors
? Water bottles are encouraged; but please no food on the tour. If you need food for health reasons please email me.
? Bring you camera!

Located on Bainbridge Island, IslandWood is a unique 255- acre non-traditional outdoor environmental learning center designed to provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire life long environmental and community stewardship. It?s a 35 minute pleasant ferry ride from downtown Seattle and a million miles from work! IslandWood is a secret paradise! IslandWood is also a LEED Gold built facility an uses top notch and cutting edge sustainable practices.

Really it?s a school in the woods! This premier center opened in 2001 and has won award after award winning testament to ?green? architecture/design. The great hall/welcome center, dining hall, art studio, learning studios, and sleeping lodges support numerous sustainable elements including extensive use of solar power and water heating, recycled materials, renewable resource construction materials, composting toilets, and cistern stromwater collection. An on site tertiary wastewater treatment facility, the Living Macine ?, naturally cleans up to 3,000 gallons of water daily!

Here are just a FEW of the features:

Learning centers: Photovoltaic panels and rainwater collection cistern are visible in IslandWood's LEED Gold Learning Studios.

Treehouse: We will get to go into a mystic treehouse overlooking a bog, one of six different natural elements in the IslandWood watershed.

Living Machine: The Living Machine provides tertiary treatment of wastewater at IslandWood. Reclaimed water may be used for low flush toilets and landscape irrigation.

Learning Tree: The Learning Tree is the newest outdoor classroom at IslandWood - designed to provide a treehouse experience that is accessible for the disabled

*** At 4pm we leave IslandWood and head to the Suquamish Tribal Longhouse where the areas Canoe Journeys take place. We will be visiting the Suquamish Tribal Cemetery to visit Chief Seattle?s grave site (Si?ahl's was a Duwamish chief and a leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes.

Sunday August 29th
Where: Meet ON the 9:35 Bainbridge Ferry that leaves the Seattle Dock. Meet up on the top deck, center of the boat
Time: The Island Tour begins at 1:00 so we will have about 1.5 hours in the town of Bainbridge to grab a bite to eat and if there is time to walk around town. IF you want to take the 8:45 ferry please tell me so we can meetup somewhere in town.
Cost: $50.00 Per Person Please pay WoMN when we embark onto the ferry. (This does not include the ferry ride to or from Bainbridge-$14.85 each way- or your lunch) PLEASE LETS CARPOOL!
Time: IslandWood Tour is from 1-4 The Suquamish tour is from 4:15-5ish.
Departure: Bainbridge Ferry at 6:30 or 7:10 the ride is 35 mins back to Seattle. IF everyone wants to have dinner in town we can take the 8:10 ferry home OR have a quick dinner snack in town before the 7:10 ferry.

How to get to IslandWood From the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal
(Approximately a 10-minute drive to our campus)
1. Drive up the hill from the ferry to the second stoplight, turn left onto Winslow Way.
2. At the next 4-way stop, turn right onto Madison Avenue and continue to the next 4-way stop at Wyatt Way.
3. Turn left onto Wyatt Way.
4. Continue on Wyatt, rounding the back of Eagle Harbor (water will be to your left).
5. The road will fork; take the right fork up the hill, following the signs to Port Blakely. You are now on Blakely Avenue.
6. Continue straight on Blakely Avenue. In approximately 1 mile you'll see Blakely Elementary School on your left.
7. IslandWood is at the first driveway on your left after Blakely Elementary School. Turn left into IslandWood driveway. The street address is 4450 Blakely Avenue NE.
8. Continue on the wooded driveway up the hill. Bear left to the parking area. Follow pathway and signs to the Welcome Center.

***We need a minimum of 5 people to keep this tour on the books*** And we will ONLY take a max of 10 people to make this trip enjoyable for everyone***

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