Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rootbound: Heaven & Earth IV

 Four Nobel Truths 
by Alan Fulle (Site 12)
Inspired by the significance of the 
Four Noble Truths, the primary teachings 
of Buddhist wisdom

One of the country's only outdoor art exhibits occurring in a public nature preserve, Rootbound: Heaven and Earth IV offers visitors a near 3-mile sculpture trail through Carkeek Park's canyons and creeks in northwest Seattle, highlighted this year by performance art and site-specific sculpture in 120-year old Piper's Orchard.

The Mediated Landscape 
by Unearth Collective (Site 10)
A series of film-covered, acrylic lenses through 
which to view Carkeek Park’s most frequently 
photographed landscape -
 Puget Sound, looking West.

Additional media include sound art, kinetic sculptures, and landscape interventions. All works are considered experimental: some are designed to last for the entire four month display period, June 23 - October 31, 2012, while others incorporate decay and erosion. The exhibit's themes offer a variety of perspectives on art and nature. Sponsored by Center on Contemporary Art (CoCa), Seattle Parks & Recreation, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture Site Specific, Rootbound features four returning artists and 14 new ones from around the Puget Sound, as well as Vancouver BC, California, and Oregon. 
Maps of the exhibit, along with tours of the artwork, artist appearances, and more, will be available at the Opening Reception, June 23, 2012, 2-5pm at the Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA 98177.  The exhibit is free and and draws and estimated 100,000 visitors to Carkeek Park.

Curated by David Francis, Fulbright Scholar, writer, archaeological field technician, and CoCA board member since 2005.

Artists include:
Seattle: Julie Lindell, Joe Reno, Miguel Edwards, Viewlands Group, PeppĂ©, Brenda Scallon, Alan Fulle, Suze Woolf, Cameron Mason and Lara McIntosh, Josho Somine, Rebecca Maxim, Gary Golightly, The Unearth Collective; Bellevue and Sammamish: Fox Spears, Suzanne Tidwell; California: Judy Shintani; Oregon: Lee Imonen; Vancouver BC: Tiki Mulvihill. 

Click here for CoCA's website and to view/print maps of the exhibit.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day and Salmon Release - 2012

Join us for a day celebration of Earth Day at Carkeek Park!

In honor of Earth Day, Seattle Parks and Recreation are teaming up with the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project, Seattle Public Utilities and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council to host the 32nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at Carkeek Park.  The party

Volunteers will work to clean up the park, stencil storm drains, and provide information to the community about the park and its surrounding watershed.

The work party will be from 8:30 AM until noon.  For more information or to volunteer, call 206-684-0877.

Then, at 7:00 PM, the celebrations continue with the annual release of chum salmon fry into Puget Sound.  The baby chum have been maturing in the Les Malmgren Memorial Imprinting Pond and will be release into Venema Creek, which connects to Piper's Creek, and then onto Puget Sound.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Heaven and Earth" Returning to Carkeek Park

The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), in collaboration with the Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation, will once again present an exhibit of outdoor art at Carkeek Park.

"Heaven and Earth 3:  Cycles of Return" will be on display throughout Carkeek Park from July 9, 2011 to October 9, 2011.

An Opening Reception will be hosted this Saturday, July 9, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at Carkeek's Environmental Learning Center, 950 Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, WA 98177.  The public is invited to meet "Heaven and Earth" artists and organizers and to tour the exhibit.

Additional funding from 4Culture's Site Specific program and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs allows this year's exhibit to return with an expanded roster of artists -  a total of 20 to 25 displays of artwork from 21 individual artists.

A walking tour of Carkeek's "Heaven and Earth 3" takes about an hour and a half.  Some works can be seen in less time, including a variety visible from the access road.  Maps can be downloaded for free at CoCA's website beginning July 9.

As in previous years, "Heaven and Earth" focuses on our natural environment in a world of change. Participating artists present their interpretations of art and nature, leaving "no trace" following removal of their installation.  The artwork is constructed of mostly natural materials and is designed to have minimal impact on the park.  Installations will either decompose organically or will leave the park in the same state it was prior to installation.
Carkeek is widely considered one of Seattle's premier urban forests.

Sunset Magazine recently named Carkeek Park #3 among America's top 10 urban parks.  Seattle Parks and Recreation estimated that 150,000 people visited Carkeek Park during the "Heaven and Earth" display period last summer.

For more information on this event, contact David Francis at 206-283-4701 or via email at

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Master Forestry Class Coming to Carkeek Park

Starting July 9th, Carkeek Park will once again host a Master Forester Class to train skilled volunteers as urban forest stewards.
This 12-week course spans through the summer, fall and winter months and focuses on species identification, forest restoration and management, and knowledge of forestry tools.  Hands-on work includes removal of invasive plants, site preparation, planting, monitoring, tool maintenance, and developing a 3-year workplan for a section of the park.

This is the fourth such class offered at Carkeek Park, with previous classes run every other year since 2005.  The course will be led by Master Foresters Lex Voorhoeve and Loren McElvain.  (Loren is a graduate of Carkeek's first Master Forester class.)  Seattle Parks' Naturalist Brian Gay, who directed the first three Master Forester classes, will contribute where possible.
This year's class is full, but there is hope to run another installment in 2013.

Four Master Forestry Volunteers clearing Laurel bushes.
Successful completion of the Master Forestry course gives participants the necessary background to work as stewards in the urban forests of Seattle, support Seattle Parks Department in park maintenance, lead work parties of volunteers, and adopt sections of the park to observe and maintain.  
Click here to see a brochure from the 2009 Master Forestry Class at Carkeek Park. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Today is Carkeek Park's Volunteer Recognition Day!

Volunteers of Carkeek Park - past and present - are welcome to join the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) for a celebration of the collective efforts that better our Park.  CPAC will present information on how to continue improving the ecology at Carkeek Park.

This event takes place Saturday, June 11 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center.

For more information, please call Nancy Malmgren at 206-363-4116.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Volunteers Needed for Work Day Party at Carkeek Park

Volunteers are needed for a work day party at Carkeek Park
Saturday, April 16th

Help celebrate the 31st Annual Earth Day at Carkeek Park and Piper's Creek Watershed by volunteering your environmental efforts at this event.   Youth groups, families and individuals welcome to participate.

8:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Work party includes stenciling storm drains, cleaning up of trash and recycling.

11:00 AM to 12:00
Activities include snacks, release of salmon and musical program.

Sponsored by Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC), Restore Our Waters (Seattle Public Utilities) Carkeek  Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP) and Seattle Parks and Recreation Department (SPRD).

For more information or to volunteer, call Nancy Malmgren at 206-363-4116.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Carkeek Park's EarthKeepers Summer Day Camp - 2011

EarthKeepers Returning to Carkeek Park this Summer!  

EarthKeepers is a environmentally-based summer day camp for exploring, learning and playing outdoors.  It offers activities for children ages 6 to 12 to foster friendship, learning, creativity and leadership.  EarthKeeper Educators have backgrounds in the natural
sciences/environmental education and experience working with school-age children.

What Do EarthKeepers do at Camp?
On any given day, EarthKeepers may find themselves exploring Carkeek Beach, hiking through the forest, playing in a field, learning about nature or creating art.  Each weekly has a different theme:

      Week 1 (June 27- July 1):  Wet & Squiggly Tidepool Wonders
      Week 2 (July 5 - 8):  Feathered Friends (no camp Monday, July 4)
      Week 3 (July 11-15):  Tidepools - Window to Puget Sound
      Week 4 (July 18-22):   Survivor Island
      Week 5 (July 25-29):  Buggin’ Out
      Week 6 (August 1-5):   Furs, Tails, Tracks & Trails
      Week 7 (August 8-12):   Carkeek’s Incredible Time Machine
      Week 8 (August 15-19):   Survivor Island

2011 Camp Cost:
The cost for each week of EarthKeepers Day Camp is $215, except Week #2 is
$175.00 (as there is no camp on Monday, 7/4). 

Early and Later  Camp Programming:
Parents can enroll children in Early Camp session (from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) if an earlier starting time is needed.  The fee for Early Camp is $10 for the hour.  

Likewise, Later Camp is an option for families who need an extended day (from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.). The fee for Later Camp is $10 for the hour.

For more information and registration, call 206-684-0877 or visit