Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
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The Methow Conservancy sponsors a monthly “First Tuesday Lecture Series”. The lectures provide a forum to learn about the Methow Valley’s natural characteristics and natural resource issues. Generally "First Tuesday" Lectures are held on the first Tuesday of the month. The place varies so please check each event for the location. All First Tuesday Lectures are free and open to everyone. For more information contact Mary at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org


First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

August 4th: "Alpine Heather & The Maple Pass Treasured Landscape Project"
Photograph by Mary Kiesau.7:00 – 8:30pm at Sun Mountain Lodge’s Pasayten Room
Come early for dinner or drinks in the bar or restaurant!

The three species of alpine heather that light up our high mountain slopes in pink, white and yellow during summer and fall are mysterious and fragile: these plant communities can take 10,000 years to establish themselves, have leaves so tightly coiled they are often mistaken for needles, and can be destroyed in the blink of an eye by careless footsteps.  Learn more about these surprising plants, heather ecology, and an ambitious cross-agency restoration project underway at Maple Pass Loop from Forest Service botanist Kelly Baraibar and the National Forest Foundation's Natalie Kuehler.

September 1st“The Nature of Night,” 7:00 – 8:30pm at Sun Mountain Lodge with speaker David Ingram from Dark Skies Northwest (the Northwest section of the International Dark-Sky Association). 

October 7th:  “Ripe for the Telling:  Surprising Stories of Washington Fruit,” 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Merc Playhouse.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Free. Note: this is a Wednesday!   What is the messy and juicy history of Washington’s produce industry? Who was Cashmere’s Cider King? From apples to oranges, huckleberries to durian, anthropologist Julia Harrison will cover how these perishable products preserve historic events and reflect our changing relationship to the natural world.

November 3rd: Methow Conservancy First Tuesday with Methow Trails.

December 1st: December Program & Holiday Social, “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest,” at the Winthrop Barn with marine scientists and authors Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos. The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7:00pm–8:30pm.


Other Methow Conservancy Events

Photo by Jason PaulsenSeptember 26th:  Annual Cider Squeeze, 2-4pm, free.  Mark your calendars and start saving jugs for our annual Cider Squeeze at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s house just south of Winthrop. We’ll use an historic press to make fresh apple cider juice and enjoy a classic Methow fall afternoon.  This sweet event is always a special, family-friendly time to celebrate community, conservation and the harvest season!  Contact us at 996-2870 or info@methowconservancy.org if you have questions or need directions.

October 3rd - 4th: Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200*. This class is FULL. Call to get on the wait list. Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz. David's approach is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting the moment we meet-up. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, with the goal being to attain a professional certificate in wildlife tracking through Cybertracker Conservation. Lots of time for questions and discussion enhance the class. We will strive to expose participants to the widest possible diversity of tracks and signs in the Methow, and the two-day class is entirely field based at various places around the valley. The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200 per person. Participants may want to study lightly and/or read a tracking guidebook, such as Dave's "Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest." Lodging and food are on you own. Contact Mary at 509-996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org with questions or to register.

December 1st: December Program & Holiday Social, “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest,” at the Winthrop Barn with marine scientists and authors Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos. The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7:00pm–8:30pm.


Other Organizations' Conservation & Ecology Programs
Check out the upcoming news & events from other organizations and businesses!

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center at Twispworks offers a Native Plant Garden, numerous exhibits and monthly programs.  Check them out online here.

The Okanogan Highlands Alliance in Tonasket offers, "Highland Wonders," a series of monthly natural history programs. Check out their full calendar.


*Our Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel or leave a fee-based course for any reason:
Full refunds will be given if the request is received two weeks or more before the day of the program (class, workshop, field trip, etc.).  If the cancellation is made less than two weeks before the start of the program, the Methow Conservancy will give a full refund only if we are able to fill your spot.  If you cancel 24 hours or less before the start time of the program or after the class has started there will be no refund of the program fee.  Although we rarely need to do so, we reserve the right to cancel a program.  In this case you will receive a full refund.

 
 
 
 
 
 
315 Riverside Avenue / PO Box 71    Winthrop, WA 98862     509.996.2870