My tours and activities are an affordable $25-$45 per person. I can accept cash at the beginning of the activity. I prefer PayPal or Venmo in advance, if possible. You may also book online with 6% Peek.com booking fee or we may agree to another form of payment.
I currently offer the following activities, approximately 2-4 hours in length. I provide a drink and snack during the tour, and you are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle.
North Seattle Urban Gardens Walk ($25/pers, max 6)
During this 2-hour walking tour through the Northgate and Maple Leaf neighborhoods, you will visit one of Seattle’s enthusiastic community gardens, an active beaver pond, and focus on learning about the city’s large-scale Thornton Creek Watershed project. While on tour you will learn how local people and the city of Seattle steadily work toward ever-improving environmental stewardship, how biofiltration works, and have a chance to sample some interesting locally-grown plants. The distance is short–approximately 1.5 km (less than 1 mile) with some hills, both up and down. This is an interesting part of nature-in-the-city that most visitors (and many Seattleites) completely miss! This tour is also offered on Airbnb– see information here.
Discover Seattle’s Secret Edible Plants ($25/pers, max 6)
This is a 2-3 hour active walking tour, designed for visitors to the University of Washington/University District area. The distance is approximately 3 mi/5 km, level ground, but please be able to cover that distance easily. We’ll meet at the Husky Stadium Link light rail station and then visit the Union Bay Natural Area, Burke Gilman Trail, and part of the University of Washington campus, identifying seasonally edible plants along the way. This tour is also offered via Airbnb– see information and reviews here.
Nature in the City: Secret Seattle ($35/pers, max 6)
This is a 3.5 hour active urban walking tour designed for those who want some good exercise, information, and a peek at downtown Seattle’s unusual eco-minded spaces. We’ll meet at our first site and then walk through the following sites, exploring their history and value to Seattle along the way:
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Seattle Spheres
- Freeway Park
This walking route is approximately 5.6 km/3.5 miles with some steep hills. We will pass through the popular Seattle Center along the tour. The tour activity finishes at Pike Place Market where we can provide you with recommendations for more sight-seeing and easy walking directions to return to the original meeting point as needed.
Discovery Park Hike ($45/pers, max 3)
This is a 3-4 hour hiking tour for nature-lovers who want to see Seattle’s largest urban park. We will meet in lower Queen Anne, near the Space Needle, and drive to the park together in my modest car. At Discovery Park, we will walk the popular 7 km/4.4 mile Loop Trail and South Beach Trail, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain range. Discovery Park is over 500 acres in size, houses an environmental learning center, historical military barracks, a picturesque lighthouse, a Native American community center, and a skillfully concealed wastewater treatment facility. Water birds, owls, and otters can be see from time to time, as well as other sea creatures such as harbor seals or tide pool organisms, depending on the season and tide. We will begin and end the hike at the Environmental Learning Center. At the end of the tour, return to lower Queen Anne.
Private Cooking Class: Wild Edibles ($45/pers, max 8)
This is a 2-3 hour class, in your home or mine, where you will learn how to cook with a variety of seasonal wild edibles. Recipes will be tailored to the season and your dietary needs. Please see my book Foraging in Seattle to see a few examples. I also occasionally teach a similar, simplified version of the course at the Beacon Food Forest during the summer.