Finn Hill Neighborhood Association joins with national event to get people outside and active on Earth Day weekend

People of all ages are encouraged to explore a wooded trail on Finn Hill as part of a national effort to connect people with nature in April. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) has teamed with Let’s G.O.!, (“Get Outside”) a youth-inspired, youth-led Children & Nature Network initiative to rally people of all ages to play, serve and celebrate outside. More than 100,000 people participated nationally in 2011 with several people posting YouTube videos to document their activities. Plans are to do the same at the Finn Hill event this year on Saturday, April 21 from 11am to 12:30pm. The event coincides with an FHNA clean-up work party at the Juanita Woodlands. FHNA representatives and mentors from the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall will lead participants on trails in the Juanita Woodlands. Children ages 5 to 11 and their parents are invited. Or if parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – whoever! – want to drop off the kids while they attend the work party, it’s all good. The Juanita Woodlands work party, which tidies up areas with recently-planted trees, runs from 9am to noon. Everything takes place on the west side of Juanita Drive. Meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. (Turn west off Juanita Drive onto 123rd Street, then south onto 76th Avenue NE, and the gathering will be near the dead end.) For more information about the kids’ event, contact Lou Berner at louisb@microsoft.com. To learn more about Let’s G.O.!, visit the website www.childrenandnature.org/letsgo. To get more information on the woodlands cleanup, contact Teresa Chilelli at TChilelli@aol.com or call 425-501-4693. The mission of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is to coordinate our active community of residents and regional partners to preserve, protect, and restore this natural environment, and to promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues. For more information, visit the FHNA website at www.finnhillalliance.org or the Facebook page (search Finn Hill Alliance).