Call for Temporary Art Projects at Carkeek Park

Heaven & Earth IX (2017): Cultivate/d

The Submission deadline has passed. Thank you to the 29 artists who have submitted proposals.

In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation, ArtSite Ltd., and the Associated Recreation Council, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) invites proposals for up to five temporary outdoor projects for the ongoing environmental art exhibition known as Heaven & Earth. Carkeek Park is located in NW Seattle and features an approximately 190 acre urban forest with fields, wooded trails, and a saltwater beach. The exhibition runs August 5, 2017 – October 15, 2017. The deadline for submissions is June 18, 2017; there is no fee to apply. Emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply.

Artists and artist teams will be offered an honorarium of $1,000 ($500 upon successful installation of accepted projects, and another $500 upon successful de-installation of projects). For the ninth season of the ongoing series, the organizers have selected ArtSite Ltd, a professional sculpture installation team, as curator. The theme for the 2017 Heaven & Earth installation is cultivation:

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Registration for EarthKeepers Summer Day Camp is open

There are still spots left for week one and week two!

EarthKeepers is a special summer day camp for exploring, learning and playing outdoors in Carkeek Park’s 216 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach. We offer activities to foster friendship, learning, creativity and leadership. On any given day at Camp you may find yourself exploring the tide pools, hike the many trails, play in a field, learn about nature, or create art. Different themes each week! The age range that camp is designed for is 6 – 12. The camp runs 9am – 4pm , Monday through Friday, June 26 to August 25, 2017 (no camp July 4th).

Learn more here….

Scholarships Available.

The 3rd and final batch of Chum salmon fry

The 3rd and final batch of Chum salmon fry will be released into Venema Creek on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM!  This is our final release of the 2017 Imprint Season.

This final release is of fry from the Salmon in the Schools program.  29 Seattle public and private schools have delivered their fish, hatched from eggs and raised for 3 months, to the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond.  CWCAP volunteers have been feeding and imprinting them 3 time a day, 7 days a week to prepare them for release.

Visit the CWCAP Release schedule page for more information

Vote for a project to repair the Viewlands Trail at Carkeek Park.

You can vote to support a project to repair the Viewlands Trail at Carkeek Park.

The mudslides near the bottom have eroded the ground beneath the trail, making it dangerous to travel and likely to be washed away with the next heavy rain.

If you want to keep access to Carkeek Park from the Viewlands Elementary School area please support this project and encourage like-minded people to do so also. It is the only access from the SE corner of the park. It is also how the Viewlands students enter the park for environmental education classes.

Connecting kids to nature at Carkeek Park: This project will restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the salmon-bearing creek in Carkeek Park and the Viewlands Elementary School that sits adjacent to the park. The project will connect kids to nature by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting carkeek to 35350.

Please help Carkeek Park by voting daily April 1st to April 30th. We need you! Text carkeek to 35350

You can read more about the “Meet Me At The Park” initiative here: Parkways.seattle.gov

2nd Salmon Fry Release of 2017 is at 6:45pm on Saturday, March 25th

We will be releasing our second batch of Chum salmon fry at about 6:45pm on Saturday, March 25th. We have 32,000+ fry that have been learning the chemical profile of Venema Creek (imprinting) so that in three to five years they will return in the fall to spawn here in Carkeek Park.

Two dozen volunteer salmon imprint stewards have been caring for the fry and greeting visitors to the imprint pond for the last three weeks.

Please come down to join us as we send our second batch of wards on their journey to Puget Sounds and up to Alaska.

Thank you Suquamish Tribe and the staff at Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for our fish stock, your expertise, and support!

You can also read about the release at http://www.carkeekwatershed.org/1st-salmon-release-of-2017/ and find links to more details about the salmon programs in Carkeek Park.