Spring is in the air and the Marysville Tulalip community has so many great ways to get outside and get back to nature. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

City of Marysville

You can get your hands dirty, help Mother Earth and have fun at an Earth Day planting event Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Strawberry Fields Park, 6100 152nd St. NE. Volunteers are needed to plant trees to restore the middle fork of Quilceda Creek and learn about native plants. You can also see baby Coho salmon on the fish cam, play games, enjoy some hot chocolate and decorate a free T-shirt! All ages welcome. Rain or shine, wear sturdy boots and work clothes. Questions? Contact Jessie Balbiani at 360-363-8144 or jbalbiani@marysvillewa.gov

Earth Day is also the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Ebey Waterfront Trail. This 1.8-mile paved trail gives recreational walkers an up-close look at the waterfront and a natural habitat experience close to home. The city is working to extend the waterfront trail into a five-mile loop trail in the years ahead. When you walk the trail, you’ll see fish, birds and wildlife in the restored Qwuloot Estuary, a massive habitat restoration project that was led by the Tulalip Tribes and many agency partners. Learn more about the restoration project at http://www.qwuloolt.org/.

Tulalip Tribes

While the weather in April might be full of showers, you can still find many great indoor activities around the Marysville Tulalip area! The Hibulb Cultural Center is offering a six-week “Introduction to Carving” class for the Tulalip community beginning Monday, April 2, and running through the first Saturday in May. Registration is required and there is a limited number of spots are available. Students must be 16 years of age or older. You can learn the history and art of Coast Salish carving with hands-on experience with Tulalip carver Kelly Moses.

Another event Tulalip is sponsoring is the North Puget Sound Conference on Race 2018. “Equitable Justice – A Fundamental Right” will take place Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edmonds Community College’s Woodway Hall. There will be community workshops, local artist displays, breakfast and lunch will be provided, and best of all it is free and open to the public. Come out for a day of learning about health care, economic, gender and educational justice.

Marysville School District

Spring is a busy time for the Marysville School District as staff, students and parents get ready to close out another educational year and plan ahead for the future. We look forward to partnering with the city of Marysville and The Tulalip Tribes on many community events, and welcome students and families to visit our school playgrounds to stay active. Spring sports are also underway. Come cheer on your favorite teams in baseball, softball, golf, track, girls’ tennis, and boys’ soccer! Find game dates, times and details at www.wescoathletics.com.

The Marysville School District is asking families, staff and community members to attend a community meeting on Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Marysville Tulalip Campus Gymnasium located at 7204 27th Ave. NE, Marysville, WA 98271. Learn more about this meeting and RSVP at bit.ly/SecondaryPlanningWork17-18.

Please also mark your calendars for the Spring Marysville School District Family Dinner and Awards Night on Thursday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. At this event, we will honor students from each school with the Marysville School District Pride Award, enjoy a great dinner, and share resources and ideas to strengthen our families and schools. Happy spring!

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the City of Marysville, Marysville School District and Tulalip Tribes about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community.

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