Every year the City of Bellevue celebrates Arbor Day / Earth Day with a family-oriented festival at one of its local parks. However, this year’s event at Lewis Creek Park on April 21st was very exciting and special to me. I was honored by Bellevue’s Mayor and officially declared as a Master Naturalist with the City of Bellevue.
One of the big pluses of living in the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of natural areas all around us, even in urban and sub-urban settings. Some of us have property adjoining the woodlands, while some have lush ravines and streams flowing through their environs. This beauty is sometimes, marred by piles of yard waste dumped across the fence into the natural area.