Walking distance from Louisa Boren K-8 STEM, the Delridge Wetland Park is located in Delridge, a highly urbanized setting that’s changing as residential development and gentrification increase. As DNDA moves towards completion of the site, we are seeking funding to consistently engage students at K-8 STEM in wetland education, and in hands-on environmental science lessons once in-person classes resume post-pandemic. The Delridge Wetland Park is part of the Longfellow Creek Watershed, and we plan to expand our environmental engagement into other sites in the watershed where we already lead restoration work: Croft Forest, and Thistle Greenspace. We want to bring other neighborhood youth into these West Seattle urban greenspaces to learn the impacts of environmental awareness and stewardship. As a functioning outdoor classroom, the Delridge Wetland Park is a unique asset to our community as it allows youth, and others in our neighborhood, to engage in systems-based projects while being immersed in Seattle’s urban forest. Contact with nature is essential for healthy mental and cognitive development in young children, and studies have shown that poor access to urban green spaces is associated with behavioral problems, inattention and hyperactive disorders. Although the pandemic has put aspects of this project on hold, we are continuing construction and virtually engaging with students. As we know that the outdoors is a safer place in the pandemic, we await public health guidance that will allow us to be physically in our outdoor classroom again.
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Delridge Wetland Park and Longfellow Creek Environmental Program
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2020
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation
Central Sound; DNDA – Longfellow Creek Restoration Sites Map (1).JPG ; Longfellow Creek watershed and basin