Extensive urban growth over the last few decades has had a significant impact on habitat that birds and other wildlife once called home. You, as a homeowner, have a unique opportunity to curtail this loss of habitat by creating your own backyard wildlife sanctuary.

NatureScaping of Southwest Washington is a non-profit, all volunteer, educational organization whose goal is to educate and encourage homeowners to make their yards and gardens a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife.

Membership above the $20 level will support maintaining the gardens fencing, irrigation, educational materials and more.

Support the Wildlife Botanical Gardens

Become a Member

Current Class Offerings - 2018

Class Location
CASEE Center, Building B, Rm. 206
11104 NE 149th Street
Brush Prairie WA 98606
Class Fees
  • Free for NatureScaping Members
  • $15.00 Non-member
  • Membership is $20/year (15.00 for seniors)
  • Members receive 1 year of free classes.


Register by email. Please send your name, phone number, and the class you want to attend to: Info@naturescaping.org or marlene52ns@gmail.com or call 360-737-1160.

Other Info

  • Our classes are approved for Master Gardener Continuing Education Credit
  • Classes may be held partially or completely in Wildlife Botanical Gardens, please dress appropriately for weather.

Bats: Our Backyard Buddies

October20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Brandon Burger, Backyard Bird Shop

Are you scared by bats? They have a bad reputation that they don't deserve. There are over 1,200 species of bats worldwide with more than a dozen found here in Washington; five of which are likely to use a bat house if placed correctly. Without bats we would be infested with crop destroying, disease carrying insects; many of our favorite tropical treats including mangoes, cashews and figs, would not exist in the quantities we know today. Those frightening 'vampire' bats are even helping to treat stroke victims!

Brandon will talk about these interesting bat facts and more just in time for his favorite holiday of the year: Halloween.

Bats: Our Backyard Buddies Flyer

Composting Methods & Options

November 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pete DuBois, Master Composter Recycler Program

Confused by composting? Don't know if it is something you can do? Get a comprehensive overview of some of the many composting methods and options. Understand what composting is and does, and the differences between the types; vermicomposting (worms), backyard composting (fungi, bacteria, invertebrates), bokashi (essential microorganisms EM), Hugelkultur (rotting wood). Find one or more ways to incorporate composting / organic waste reduction into your life.

Practical as well as inspirational and educational information to get to zero organics in the garbage.

Composting Methods & Options Flyer

Native Mason Bees

December 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Brigg Franklin, Master Composter/Recycler and Mason Beekeeper

Join us for what has become our annual Mason Bee experience! Did you know Mason Bees are one of about 4000 native North American bees, without which most of our fruits and vegetables would not produce. You will see how easy it is to attract and maintain these important pollinators in your yard. Learn about the bees and then get hands-on experience as we will also be cleaning cocoons for our plant sale in the spring. In exchange go home with some of your very own bee cocoons!

We will stay beyond our normal noon hour to get as many bee cocoons cleaned as possible--please accompany us!

Native Mason Bees Flyer

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