UWB wetlands now a Facebook game

  • Tue Jan 17th, 2012 7:24pm

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New Facebook game features UWB wetlands

Do you have what it takes to restore a wetland in 25 days? A new game created by the Center for Serious Play at the University of Washington Bothell has players transform a bare parcel of land into a living, thriving wetland by acquiring the right combination of water, animals and plant life.

The “app” can be found on Facebook.com under “UWB Wetlands.”

The campus shared by UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College includes a 58-acre wetland that ranks among the largest floodplain restorations in the Pacific Northwest. Work on the project began in 1998 with construction of a new stream channel system that returned North Creek to a more natural configuration.

Subsequent planting of native species of bushes, flowers and trees along with active monitoring of the site are recreating a forest similar to what would have existed generations ago.

A free 60-minute “Muddy Boots” tour of the campus wetlands will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 27. Space is limited; to secure a spot, email advancement@uwb.edu. For more information, go to www.uwb.edu.

See F.A.C.E. of district at Jan. 28 info fair

Families can learn how to register children for kindergarten next fall and help older students make the transition to middle or high school at the Edmonds School District information fair Jan. 28.

The F.A.C.E. (Families and Communities Engaged) event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Meadowdale Middle School, 6500 168th St. SE, Lynnwood. All schools and programs will be represented, and community groups will take part as well.

Children can get a feel for riding a school bus, watch a robotics demonstration, play musical instruments and pick up an apple at the food service booth, among other special activities.

Kindergarten registration starts Feb. 13 at local schools. Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31. Registration packets will be available at F.A.C.E.

Clothes For Kids fundraiser

The second annual “Transforming Lives” breakfast fundraiser for Clothes For Kids will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW.

Clothes For Kids is a Lynnwood-based nonprofit that provides clothing to area students.

To reserve a seat, call 425-741-6500 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/218396. Donations will be accepted at the event; there is no fee to attend.

EPSF names new executive director

The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation has named Deborah Anderson as its new executive director.

Anderson comes to the foundation after more than 17 years as director of finance for the Snohomish County Workforce Development Council in Everett and Washington Vocational Services in Mountlake Terrace. Most recently she was an independent consultant for fund development with Western Washington University’s Center of Economic Vitality.

Anderson earned her certification in nonprofit management from the University of Washington and has raised over $800,000 for area nonprofits.

She is married and has two children who both attended Edmonds-Woodway High School.

School employees give to United Way

The Edmonds School District was given a Silver Award from United Way of Snohomish County.

During the 2011 United Way Campaign, district employees donated a total of $69,076.88.

Nursing day at UWB

The University of Washington Bothell will host its ninth annual Nursing Career Advancement Day Fair from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at 18115 Campus Way NE, in the North Creek Events Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Representatives of over 20 state health care employers and educational institutions will be on hand.

Wonderland seeks volunteers

Wonderland Developmental Center in Shoreline will launch a new volunteer program this month, kicking it off with a volunteer orientation from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Wonderland classroom at the North City Elementary Building, 816 NE 190th St., Shoreline. It is open to the public.

Volunteers must be 14 years old and complete an application and a background check.

Each month, Wonderland serves about 100 families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities throughout Edmonds, Northshore, Shoreline and Seattle school districts, King and Snohomish counties, and the cities of Shoreline, Bothell and Kenmore.

Scholarship available for student photogs

The Professional Photographers of Washington is accepting applications for the 2012 Student Photographer of the Year Award, which is open to all high school seniors in the state graduating in the year 2012.

One student will receive the $2,000 scholarship grant, which will be used to further the applicant’s study in the photographic arts.

A panel of professional photographers will select the nalists. Photographic and scholastic studies, and the student’s wish to continue their studies in the photographic arts, will be considered.

Deadline is March 23. For more information, call 425-776-4426 or go to www.ppw.org.