IslandWood is thrilled to be collaborating with Bainbridge Island community partners to provide an Earth Month full of diverse activities and adventure for all! Our goal is to inspire everyone to protect our trees, our environment, and our planet all month and throughout the year.
Some of the Earth Month Events and Activities:
Sock Recycling, April 1-30, at Bay Hay and Feed – Bring any kind of clean socks, singles or pairs, to Bay Hay and Feed during the month of April.
Afternoon on the Trails – Sunday, April 2, 12-4pm, at IslandWood – The whole family is welcome to stroll down our wooded trails, breathe in the spring air, and catch the beauty of April flowers. Both treehouses and our canopy tower will be open for your visit – so come and see what wildlife you can spot!
Weed Removal Work Party – Wednesday, April 5, 9-11am, at Quitslund Preserve – The Land Trust hosts a work party to remove Himalayan blackberry and maintain the areas cleared as part of the 2022 volunteer work parties.
Welcome Wednesday, April 5, 10am-4pm, at Bloedel Reserve – Come on the first Wednesday of each month for a pay-what-you-wish community day at Bloedel Reserve. No matter the season (or the weather), there’s always something new just around the corner. Timed tickets must be reserved in advance.
Conservation Work Party, Saturday, April 8, 10am-noon, at Battle Point Park – Join BI Parks and BI Parks and Trails Foundation for a morning removing invasive weeds at the Battle Point Park duck pond (north end). Volunteers will use hand tools to remove ivy, Scotchbroom, and more. This event is well suited for children ages 6+ who are comfortable using small hand tools and walking on uneven surfaces.
“Superpod: Saving the Endangered Orcas of the Pacific Northwest” Book Release by Local Author, Nora Nickum, April 11 – Superpod introduces readers to the experts who are training scat-sniffing dogs, inventing ways to treat sick orcas, quieting the waters, and studying whales from the air.
Red Pine Park Work Party, Tuesday, April 11, 10am-noon, at Red Pine Park – Work with the Park District’s horticulture staff to maintain garden beds, a historic fruit orchard, edible perennials, and other historic plantings in this former homestead in the heart of downtown, 418 Wood Av. RSVP here.
Spring Skills of a Naturalist: Wildflowers and Other Wonders, Thursday, April 13, 9:30-11:30am, at IslandWood – Learn how to confidently identify wild spring plants that are edible and medicinal and walk away with a new appreciation for native plants, their nutritive and ecological value, and even learn a few “weeds” that you can add to your salads!
Trails Work Party, Saturday, April 15, 10am-noon, at Battle Point Park – Help the trails team do trail surface repairs like widening the trail to set standards, raking trail surfaces, spreading chips, and more.
Styrofoam and Mattress Recycling Collection, Saturday, April 15, 11am-3pm, at Kitsap County Fairgrounds – Styro must be clean, dry, and free of tape and stickers. Mattresses and box springs are charged $10.
Spring Skills of a Naturalist: Beginner’s Birding by Ear, Thursday, April 20, 9:30-11:30am, at IslandWood – Birders focus primarily on identifying birds by plumage, colors and field markings during our outdoor explorations. However, tuning your ear to bird’s songs and vocalizations is a next-level way to land your ID, even when visibility for birds is poor. IslandWood naturalist and docent, Mark Salvadalena, will teach you how to listen for key features in bird chatter and song to arrive at a proper ID – even without seeing the bird.
Moritani Preserve Work Party, Thursday, April 20, 10am-noon, at Moritani Preserve – Join the Park District’s Natural Resources team and the BI Parks and Trails Foundation in caring for the woods and meadows of Moritani Preserve by managing invasive species, maintaining garden beds, and planting natives when the weather is right.
Focus Walk, Thursday, April 20, 10:45am, at Bloedel Reserve – This month’s walk will be a tour of the Japanese Garden with Bloedel Reserve Japanese Garden Specialist, Bob Braid. Meet at the Arrival Garden Plaza.
Halls Hill Lookout & Labyrinth Spring Work Party, Friday, April 21, 11am-1pm – Help keep Halls Hill Lookout & Labyrinth beautiful and inviting at our annual Spring Work Party this Earth Week! We’ll be refreshing the gravel paths and pulling weeds.
Focus Walk, Thursday, April 22, 10:45am, at Bloedel Reserve – This month’s walk will be a tour of the Japanese Garden with with Horticultural Expert John van den Meerendonk. Meet at the Arrival Garden Plaza. Register here.
Spring Skills of a Naturalist: Intermediate Birding by Ear, Thursday, April 27, 9:30-11:30, at IslandWood – If you identify as an intermediate birder, then you’ve been birding more than once or twice, and know the common birds to expect in our area in spring. IslandWood naturalist and docent, Mark Salvadalena, has over a decade of experience and will teach you how to listen for key features in bird chatter and song to arrive at a proper ID – even without seeing the bird.
Student Conservation Corps (SCoCo) Application Work Party, April 28, 4-6pm – Attend only if you are trying out for Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District’s paid summer employment opportunity enhanced with conservation education for local high school-aged students. Go here for more details.