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Parks & Recreation Dept.
12424 42nd Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168

Phone: 206 768-2822
Fax: 206 768-0524

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Backyard Wildlife Festival, 20th Anniversary

May 9, 2020

Tukwila Community Center

10 am – 3 pm

Backyard Wildlife Festival turns 20 this year! Lets’ celebrate wildlife, nature and gardening with the community, while learning how to create a healthy backyard habitat that supports native wildlife.  Event features local experts, along with a variety of resources, arts & craft vendors, and native/garden plant sales. Don’t leave the kids at home, hands on art projects, family activities and giant bubbles will keep the entire family entertained and excited. The line up will be coming soon.

Vendor applications: Click Here 

Art Installation, scroll to bottom of page

Enrichment Workshops

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Backyard Wildlife Festival, FREE workshops and classes will be offered throughout April  While all activities are offered at no-cost, space is limited, please register early.

Click Here to sign up

Habitat Restoration April 4th, 9:00-12:00 pm, Crystal Springs

Help build healthy forest habitat at Crystal Springs for birds, snails, salamanders, and other local wildlife.  We will be removing invasive plants that are choking the forest and caring for native shrubs and trees.  Green Tukwila Partnership

Falcons & Flags April 7th 6:00-8:00pm, TCC

Meet the Falconer and his live raptor ambassadors, learn best practices to keep wild raptors in your backyard safe, and conservation issues in Washington State.  Plus personalize an art flag that will become part of the decoration at this year’s festival.

Learn about local Bats April 14th 6:00-8:00pm, TCC

Take an indoor “Bat Walk” from the seat of your chair and learn about local bats, why they are important and what you can do to create healthy habitat, Q & A to follow. Bats Northwest

Wildlife Friendly Gardening for Natural Pest Control  April 21th 6:00-8:00pm, TCC

When you provide good habitat for birds and beneficial insects, they will in turn provide you with natural pest and weed control, increasing your garden’s health while decreasing your maintenance time.  Garden Hotline

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz April 28th 6:00-8:00pm, TCC

Learn how to make your own native bee houses and what plants will help support them. Then, let us answer all your questions about honey bees and beekeeping. Wingnut Honey

Handmade Eco Beaded Necklaces, April 28th 6:00-8:00pm,TCC

Local artist Violetta will help you design and create a professional string necklace with a clasp. All materials and tools provided you are welcome to bring your own favorite beads too.

Installation Art Call:

Backyard Wildlife Festival seeks installation to activate a splash pad during the 20th Anniversary Festival.  Water will be off for the event.
Backyard Wildlife Festival, May 9th, 10-3pm   For 20 years the festival has focused on education around healthy backyard habitats, plants and supported local art. The attendance at the 2019 Festival was over 1,000 people and ages ranged from 0-99. The splash pad at the Tukwila Community Center is always a tough space to program for the event. The splash pad has a rough surface with sculptural fish and large structures that spout water in the summer, the splash pad will be turned off for the festival.
The jury committee is interested in art that relates to the festival but it is not a requirement, ‘day of” community involvement in preferred.
Guidelines for art installation:
  • Installation must be installed and taken down in the same day
  • Art can not leave any permanent mark on the space
  • Installation must be staffed by artist during the event
  • Installation must be open to the public 10-3 pm, May 9th
Email a word/pdf document with budget, description of installation, sketch, and resume to by March 6th 2020.