Heron Habitat Helpers
About Kiwanis Ravine

 
 

Kiwanis Ravine Story:

Kiwanis Ravine is a natural area that sits close to the eastern edge of Seattle's Discovery Park. The ravine was formed by two drainages coming from the east and west forks of Wolfe Creek. Very little is left of those drainages today, but what remains does channel water down through Kiwanis Ravine toward the Lake Washington Ship Canal, where it is intercepted and piped to West Point, a nearby wastewater treatment plant. The ravine is home to many species of birds, plants, and animals, particularly the Great Blue Heron. In 2010 the ravine hosted approximately 80 successful heron nests.

Camille Blanchette has compiled an historical timeline for Kiwanis Ravine from the time of the native people to the recent present. Click here to inspect this document.

In 2001, local resident Bob Kildall published a book that chronicled the recent history of Kiwanis Ravine. Click on the image below to read that history.

image of cover page to Kildall's Kiwanis Ravine Story     photo image of Bob Kildall 2011

Restoring the Ravine:

Since part of our mission is to support the herons through restoration of the area to native habitat, it is very significant that Kiwanis Ravine is so steeply sloped. The City cannot allow the general citizenry, or HHH volunteers, to do restoration work on the steep slopes of the ravine, so specialized contractors, like EarthCorps, are hired to work most of the areas. However, there are three areas with no significant slope on the shoulders of the ravine. These areas are: Kiwanis Ravine Overlook (KRO), Kiwanis Ravine Stevens (KRS), and Kiwanis Wildlife Corridor (KWC). Please see those areas identified on the following map.

The Map:

Please click HERE to see a map of the ravine. The file is large, so it may be a slow download for you.

HHH Work Areas:

Kiwanis Ravine Overlook (KRO):

The Overlook is our oldest work area, where the restored native vegetation is most mature. KRO is located at 4402 36th Ave West by W. Ohman Place, just a couple of blocks north of West Government Way. Go west on West Government Way and turn right (north) on 36th Ave W, continue for about 1 block. You will see the HHH sign on your right (east). There is plenty of street parking. map See the photos below.

photo of KRO from street   photo of KRO entrance trail   photo of back trail at KRO

Kiwanis Ravine Stevens (KRS):

The Stevens Property is our second oldest work area. The plantings are much more recent and still in the process of getting established. KRS is at the north end of Brygger Drive W, former house #4441. It's just a few blocks from KRO. Take W. Government Way to Brygger Drive W. and go north about a block. map See the photos below. Check out the plant inventory.

photo of KRS from street   photo of KRS lower bench area   photo of meadow at KRS

Kiwanis Wildlife Corridor (KWC):

The Wildlife Corridor is our newest work area. The plantings are very much more recent and have not yet become established, even though the area looks completely wild! KWC is located across the street from 4621 34th Avenue W. map See the photos below.

photo looking northward at KWC   photo of mid-section of KWC   photo of KWC south meadow