Mini-Forest Revolution

Rewilding our Communities for Climate Resilience

A tight grouping of small green saplings that form a ''mini-forest'' reach toward a blue sky, with a few larger trees nearby.

Thursday, April 20, 2023 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm
In-Person at WWU: Academic Instructional Center West, Room 204
Online on Zoom

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About the Event

What holds some 500 species, sequesters 500 lbs. CO2/year, is several degrees cooler than its surroundings, soaks up lots of rainwater, and is co-created by children and their elders in spaces no bigger than a tennis court? A “mini-forest” planted using the Miyawaki Method, of course!

After a couple of years of as-needed weeding and watering, these nascent forests form a canopy and – like any other healthy ecosystem – become self-sufficient. We’ll discuss what a mini-forest is, what it can do for your neighborhood, what goes into planting one, and why people all over the world are organizing their communities to plant mini-forests in the small spaces around where they live and work.

Event Speaker

Hannah Lewis has a broad smile, green eyes, white skin, and long brown hair. She wears a teardrop necklace and black top.

Hannah Lewis is the author of Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World, published in June 2022 by Chelsea Green. A French translation of the book was released in January 2023 by Editions Eyrolles in France. Hannah has an MS in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology from Iowa State University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College. She lives in Minneapolis, where she works for the non-profit Renewing the Countryside to build sustainable local and regional food systems and plant mini-forests.

The Environmental Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30pm in Academic Instructional Center West, room 204. Join us at WWU or online on Zoom!

Western Washington University Alumni Association

Questions, Accommodations, Parking
Contact the WWU Alumni Association for this event if you have questions or need disability accommodations by calling (360) 650-3353 or emailing

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