Lauren Croxton, GNW Summer Intern

Lauren Croxton, GNW Summer Intern

Summer is showing signs of turning to fall--temperatures are cooler and students are returning to school.  One of those students is our summer intern, Lauren Croxton.  Lauren grew up in Ballard and now attends the University of Michigan during the school year studying environmental education.  Lauren provided support to the Groundswell Board on a variety of projects.  Through Lauren’s leadership, creativity, enthusiasm, and diligence, she moved Groundswell forward in a number of areas and we are immensely grateful.  Lauren helped build pollinator hotels for Groundswell’s booth at the upcoming Sustainable Ballard Festival, worked on a walking tour guide for Ballard’s parks (available soon), and worked with Board members on a variety of other outreach projects. It was a real pleasure to work with Lauren and we hope she will join us again next summer.   

Daniel Satterthwaite, a senior at Blanchet High School, also built pollinator hotels for both this year and last year’s Sustainable Ballard Festival. He introduced the board to the proper and safe use of power tools and we finished the work without any mishaps. Thank you Daniel!  Lauren’s and Daniel’s work supports Groundswell Northwest’s efforts to educate our community about the importance of creating habitat, whether in a park, a garden or apartment balcony. 

Support both nature and your creative yearning, by visiting the Groundswell Northwest booth at the Sustainable Ballard Festival, September 22nd.  Build your own pollinator hotel using recycled materials to create habitat! Food, water and shelter are important habitat resources for our local pollinators. Ask us about ways you can create habitat  or kick start a green space idea to enrich the NW Seattle community.  Even better, volunteer at our booth!  Sign up HERE.  

Other summer news---Salmon Bay Park Stewards hosted a big outdoor movie event August 17th in collaboration with the Parks Dept and sponsorship from Groundswell NW.  About 150 people showed to watch Pixar's ‘Coco’ and munch on yummy popcorn!  Salmon Bay Park Stewards also received funds from ‘Your Voice Your Choice’ for $12,550 in improvements at Salmon Bay Park, including replacement of benches and tables.  Salmon Bay Park Stewards’ next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday September 5 at 7:30 pm at the picnic tables. Future meetings are planned for the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm, locations to be determined.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is holding a series of meetings this summer
to gather feedback and suggestions on their planting projects. An area meeting is scheduled Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, at the Loyal Heights Community Center.  SDOT will be planting trees along SDOT maintained arterials in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019.  Contact Sherry Graham at 206-615-1569 or with questions.

Groundswell NW Board