Design to Dirt Workshop Series

In the fall of 2002, SER Northwest held its first ever workship series, Design to Dirt, at NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture, Univeristy of Washington. The 6-part series was designed to provide new skills in restoration ecology–from site analysis, through advanced implementation techniques, to maintenance planning. Local experts in urban restoration shared the latest techniques to improve the success of restoration with 100 workshop participants. Among the participants were non-profit and agency employees, community leaders, contractors, students and anyone leading restoration projects in the Puget Sound Region. Designed for an audience with some knowledge or restoration, participants learned real skills to apply on the ground. The series was later continued in 2005 (see Beyond Basics).


Workshop Sponsors & Collaborators

Sustainable Community Landscapes – University of Washington
Washington Native Plant Society
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Seattle Public Utilities Creek Steward Program
City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
Starflower Foundation

A Workshop Series for Urban Restoration Practitioners

The 2002 Design to Dirt Workshop series consisted of the following workshops:

Workshop #1: Site Analysis and Overview (September 6, 2002)
Workshop #2: Invasive Plants (September 12, 2002)
Workshop #3: Site Preparation (October 11, 2002)
Workshop #4: Plants and Planting (October 25, 2002)
Workshop #5: Wildlife Habitat and Impacts (November 15, 2002)
Workshop #6: Maintenance and Monitoring (December 6, 2002)