Find answers to some frequently asked questions about our Year-Round Gardener course.

How many people will be in class?

  • This course is open to 30 participants total, with about 15 people at one of the 2 class locations: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands in South Seattle or Good Shepherd Center Learning Garden in North Seattle.

Will classes be held indoors or outdoors?

  • We will have a mix of indoor and outdoor programming. The indoor portions will take place in a classroom that has an air filter, and the outdoor portions will take place rain or shine. Please check the weather and come prepared to be outside.

What health precautions are taking place? Do I need to wear a mask?

  • In accordance with current public health guidelines, we welcome participants to wear or not wear a mask, based on what works best for you. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Please also note that we will be preparing and tasting food together. We are committed to keeping everyone’s health in mind during these activities, and we will also rely on you to set your own boundaries and be mindful of others’ as we navigate our time together.

What if I need to miss a class?

  • In-person classes cannot be rescheduled. We hope that you can make it to each one! If you do need to miss a session, you will have access to all of the class materials, and we encourage folks to connect with classmates.

What if there is wildfire smoke or extreme heat during the in-person weekend?

  • Class may be canceled due to extreme heat or other weather-related events. We plan to use the AirNow, Air Quality Index (AQI) resource for updates about local air quality. You will be notified via email of any changes due to these conditions.This class may be rescheduled at a later date.

Accessibility notes for the Learning Garden at Bradner Gardens Park in South Seattle:

  • The pathways in the garden are primarily wood chips, and the pathways around the garden are a mix of crushed gravel, bricks and concrete..
  • The park is located in an area that has some hills, but the pathways in the park are fairly level, some with a gentle slope.
  • There is a large concrete parking lot located to the east of the Good Shepherd Center building and you can access it from Sunnyside Ave N. There is also street parking available, usually within a couple of blocks of the park.
  • The garden beds at this location are in-ground and can be accessed by bending or sitting.
  • There are a few benches in the garden gathering area where folks can sit. We also welcome people to bring their own chairs/seats/stools.
  • There are both gender neutral bathrooms and gendered bathroom options inside the Good Shepherd Center building, and gendered restrooms inside Meridian Playfield.
  • There is access to city water in the garden. We encourage folks to bring drinking water, tea/coffee, and/or snacks with you.

Accessibility notes for the Learning Garden at the Good Shepherd Center in North Seattle:

  • The pathways in the garden are primarily wood chips, and the pathways around the garden are a mix of crushed gravel, bricks and concrete.
  • The park is located in an area that has some hills, but the pathways in the park are fairly level, some with a gentle slope.
  • There is a large paved parking lot located to the east of the Good Shepherd Center building and you can access it from Sunnyside Ave N. There is also street parking available, usually within a couple of blocks of the park.
  • The garden beds at this location are in-ground and can be accessed by bending or sitting.
  • There are a few benches in the garden gathering area where folks can sit. We also welcome people to bring their own chairs or seats.
  • There are both gender neutral bathrooms and gendered bathroom options inside the Good Shepherd Center building, and gendered restrooms inside Meridian Playfield.
  • There is access to city water in the garden. We encourage folks to bring drinking water, tea/coffee, and/or snacks with you.

Accessibility notes for the Learning Garden at McAuliffe Park in Kirkland:

  • The pathways in the garden are made of wood chips and the pathways around the garden are a mix of crushed gravel and concrete.
  • The park is located in an area that has some hills, but the pathways in the park are fairly level, some with a gentle slope.
  • There is a gravel parking lot from the garden along a concrete pathway.
  • The garden beds at this location are in-ground and can be accessed by bending or sitting.
  • We also welcome people to bring their own chairs/seats/stools to use while out in the garden.
  • There is a rustic gender neutral bathroom on site, that includes a step and is not wheelchair accessible.
  • There is access to city water in the garden. We encourage folks to bring drinking water, tea/coffee, and/or snacks with you.