First Tuesday Lectures
August 4th: "Alpine Heather & The Maple Pass Treasured Landscape Project"
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.