Stewardship

Stewardship

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -John Muir

We are so excited to announce the launch of this new Stewardship page on the Camp Roots website. In this space, we will share opportunities for you to engage in environmental and climate advocacy, participate in habitat restoration, and take other actions to care for our planet. We believe in the power of an informed and inspired community, and we look forward to building the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible with you.  We plan on updating the page frequently, so please check back often.

Local Stewardship Opportunities

Click on the event to find out more

Tools and gloves are provided at the events and activities range from invasive species removal, spreading mulch to planting native species..

 

Volunteers should dress in weather-appropriate attire. Boots are recommended.
Volunteers ages 1-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sometimes Snacks and refreshments are provided!

Wallace Swamp Creek Park

Ongoing Community Stewardship Opportunities

Whale Scout

Whale Scout protects Pacific Northwest whales through land-based conservation experiences

Website: www.whalescout.org

FB: www.facebook.com/whalescout

Stewardship Squ​ad

We'd love to have you! Squad is friendly & fun in beautiful outdoor settings. Great for all ages. Part education. Part play. Part Service. More info via the blog link below.
Please ** E-mail me to RSVP YES **that you are coming to this event & I'll send directions- heidiwatters@gmail.com

To receive event notifications in the future, send me your e-mail. Events are twice-monthly (2nd Thursdays & 4th Wednesdays, 11a-2p) all year.
 

Blog Link: Stewardship Blog

Help Preserve the Saint Edward State Park Ball Field/Wetland/Wetland Buffer 

Gather, celebrate and rally with other Forest School families and community members and play an important part in helping save the Saint Edward State Park wetland and wetland basin, including the wetland buffer. Your presence and voice are critical to determining the longterm future of the park. Please put these dates on your calendar and plan to attend. Saint Edward State Park belongs to all of us and we all have an important part to play in preserving it for the enjoyment of all Washington State residents now and in perpetuity. Showing up matters a great deal! The St. Edward State Park wetland needs you, and we need you, too. We look forward to seeing you soon.

WORLD WETLANDS DAY CELEBRATION

A Camp Roots Event for the Community

Wetland Biodiversity: Why It Matters
Free /bring your own lunch

Sunday, February 2, 2020 / 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location

St. Edward State Park / 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

Meet at the picnic tables adjacent to the east meadow 

Did you know that wetlands absorb and store stormwater, filter sediments and pollutants, reduce erosion, and sequester carbon? Did you know that 40% of all species live or breed in wetlands? Wetland biodiversity matters for clean water, storm protection, climate, environment, and life. They are worth preserving, protecting, and celebrating! We look forward to doing so with you!

Schedule
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Welcome and sign in

10:30 AM -10:45 AM: Yoga
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM: Guided Wetland Walk

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Forest Bathing
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM: Special guest speaker, hot chocolate, cookies, poster making, and BYO Picnic

This photo is guessed to be circa 1960's.  You can see the thick wetland buffer and the natural ball field. 

City Of Kenmore's Proposed Ball Field Renovation. Uses 90% of the wetland buffer. Astroturf and LIghts are needed to extend the useability of the field. 

February 3rd- City Hall Special Meeting on the Saint Edward State Park Ball Field Project

 

Camp Roots will be hosting a Joyous Nature Friends Festival Starting at 5pm at Kenmore City Hall 

  • Face Painting

  • Music

  • Arts

And more...

Prompted by submission of our petition on January 11, 2020, the Kenmore City Council has called for a “special meeting” to be held Monday February 3, 2020, 7 pm, at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 - 68th Avenue N.E., Kenmore WA 98028. The purpose of this meeting is to hear directly from the public about whether to proceed with the proposed installation of a youth sports facility, including artificial turf and stadium lighting, on the grass field at Saint Edward State Park. If allowed to proceed, the project will intrude on the Park’s wetlands and destroy the entire wetland buffer.  It will dramatically change St. Edward State Park’s natural, cultural and historic landscape, opportunities for casual recreation and environmental education, and the Park's serene character while dramatically increasing traffic and parking challenges.

A large and vocal turnout at the February 3rd Special Kenmore Council Meeting is critical to ensuring that St. Edward State Park is protected for all park users in perpetuity.  

  

It is very important that we visibly demonstrate the degree to which so many community members oppose a sports complex in St. Edward SP.  Your presence will be valuable whether you plan to speak or not.  In order to be visible to the Council, we will have Green Bandanas for everyone who supports protecting the fields and wetlands in their current, natural condition and opposes an active recreation sports complex in this central location in the Park.  

 

We expect a big turnout. Please plan to arrive at the Kenmore City Hall no later than 6:15 so you can sign in, pick up your bandana and be assured of seating In the Council Chambers. If you come later that works too the doors are open and you can join us anytime. Your presence after 7 pm matters most. 

Action Items:

1. Contact Kenmore City Councilmembers via email to voice your concerns about the St. Edward State Park multi-sport field complex development. 

Use ci_council@kenmorewa.gov to email all seven councilmembers at once. 
 

2. Plan to attend the Kenmore City Council meeting on Monday, February 3rd 2020 at 7pm. You may choose to speak up with a 3-minute or less comment during the Citizen Comments portion of the meeting and/or sit in the audience in support of the St. Edward State Park wetland. 

Please RSVP HERE For attending the City Council meeting. 

Click here for more information/research on the Proposed Ball Field Project

Click here for talking points

3. Recruit a family member, friend, or neighbor to attend the city council meeting. Tell everyone you know. There is strength in numbers. Everyone matters. 

 

4. Join our Facebook group, St. Edward State Park Watershed, for more information, inspiration, and motivation to take action to protect the wetland. Please answer all three screening questions to be added.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/542288846356905/

Bothell Kenmore Reporter Articles- Click on Date to read

June 2nd, 2008- Wallace Swamp Creek sports-field plan strikes out

August 12th, 2008- Washington Parks Commission denies Kenmore’s St. Edward ball-field plan

January 17th, 2017 - State parks commission schedules meeting on St. Edward ballfields

January 21st, 2016- Kenmore hashes out plans for revamping ballfield at St. Edward State Park

July 6th, 2017- Kenmore moving forward with St. Edward Ball Field Proposal

August 8th, 2019-State considering Kenmore proposal to improve ball field at Saint Edward

August 20th, 2019-Kenmore discusses Saint Edward ball field renovations

December 17th, 2019- "It means a lot to us", Community members oppose Kenmore’s Saint Edward athletic field project

 

Helpful Websites

Citizens For Saint Edward State Park

City of Kenmore Ball Field Project

Washington State Parks and Recreation-Kenmore Ball Field Improvement Plan

 

SO MUCH GRATITUDE!! For all of you Speaking UP for the Ball Field/Wetland

 

We've been talking about how wonderful you all are, and we didn't want to keep that compliment to ourselves. We wanted you to know.

We have been noticing you. We've noticed how you are each showing up in the ways you can, and we think that your engagement is wonderful.


We have been noticing how brave you have been in starting posts in our local community Facebook groups. It takes courage to put yourself out front and center when friends and neighbors have different views and opinions and when those differences tend to lead to heated discussion.

We have been noticing how kind, positive, and focused on the larger issues you have been in your comments on those posts in community groups. You have kept to facts and to stating your views and opinions with warmness and respect.

We have been noticing how you have been kind even when others have been less so to you. You haven't let the smallness of some comments pull you down an unproductive path. You are representing the wetland and wetland buffer with such admirable integrity.

It means so much to us to be working in community with you. We appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for being here.

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