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

First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

November 1st: "Antarctica: An Exploration of Nature, Ice & Life"
7:00-8:30pm, The Merc Playhouse, free. Join Alasdair Turner, a Seattle-based adventure and documentary photographer, for an exploration of Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound region. From vast ice to the historic huts left behind by explorers Scott and Shackleton to today’s sprawling base of buildings that make up the U.S. McMurdo Station, his work tells the story of scientific research in Antarctica through a lens imbued with stunning photographic imagery, big picture explanations, and even a little humor.

December 6th: Holiday Social & First Tuesday program "Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls" with author and photographer Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, free. Mark your calendar and see more details here!

Other Methow Conservancy Events

October 15th:  Tour the Trees of Twisp, 12:30-3:00pm, free.  Join local Twisp tree lovers, Sarah Schrock and Dwight Filer, for a stroll through the changing autumn colors in town and learn some of the diverse and far ranging species that grace the streets, parks, and yards of Twisp.  Click here for more details.

October 22nd: DirtWorks! Class "Wood-fire Cooking" with Kate Posey, 9am.  Registration required at

October 22nd – 23rd:  True Nature: The Art and Craft of Field Journaling, 10am-4pm both days, $135* plus materials. Join professional artist and teacher Perri Howard along with Mary Kiesau, naturalist and educator at the Methow Conservancy, in this hands-on class to explore the natural world of the Methow and learn the fundamental aspects of field sketching, note-taking, and journaling to creatively engage your surroundings.  Click here for more details.

October 28th:  Volunteers Needed for our final Adopt-a-Highway clean-up of the year.  Join Mary Kiesau and Methow Conservancy volunteers for a quick and rewarding volunteer activity, cleaning up a short section of Highway 20, from 10:30am-12:00pm.  Contact Mary for more details or to sign-up to help! 

December 6th: Methow Conservancy Holiday Social & “First Tuesday” program "Owl: A Year in The Lives of North American Owls" with author and photographer Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, FREE.  The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7pm–8:30pm. Paul Bannick uses his intimate and dramatic images to illustrate four different nesting owl species—Northern Pygmy, Burrowing, Great Gray, and Snowy—throughout the course of the year in four distinct habitats.  Mark your calendar and see more details here!

January 21st:  Methow Trails & Methow Conservancy Birthday Bash with The Paperboys at the Winthrop Barn.  We’re turning 20!  That’s right, with your support the Methow Conservancy has been inspiring people to care for the land of the Methow Valley for 20 years!  You’ve made a huge difference – protecting over 8,500 acres and 31 riverfront miles, plus so much more through our numerous and diverse stewardship and educational programs – and it’s time to celebrate!  Help us celebrate on Saturday, January 21st at the Winthrop Barn at our joint birthday bash with Methow Trails (they’re turning 40!).  We’ll dance the night away to the Paperboys and have some birthday fun.  Stay tuned for ticket sale info. 

News from Other Organizations
The Methow Housing Affordability and Availability project, an effort of the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization will present recommendations from a recent Methow housing study on Thursday, October 6th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp.  Come hear recommendations for how the Methow Valley can work together as a community to ensure housing is affordable and available into the future.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided.  The Methow Conservancy is honored to be working with many government, community, nonprofit and business leaders as part of the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization.  For more information, call 509-449-5590 or email


*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