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:

September 6th, “River Restorations: Are Fish Using Them?”
7:00 – 8:30pm at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp.

John Crandall, a fish and river ecologist who monitors local river restoration projects, will explain what all the river and side channel work is doing for fish, and what he’s seeing on the ground and underwater. Are these restoration projects improving habitat conditions for threatened and endangered fish species? Join us for a local look at what is happening in our rivers. The program is free and open to everyone.  The doors open at 6:30pm.  Light refreshments available. For more information, contact us at 996-2870 or

October 4th: "Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities" with climate scientist Amy Snover, 7:00-8:30pm, location TBA, free.

November 1st: "Antarctica: An Exploration of Nature, Ice & Life" with photographer Alasdair Turner, 7:00-8:30pm, location TBA, free.

December 6th: Holiday Social & First Tuesday program "OWL: A Year in The Life of North American Owls" with author and photographer Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, free.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

September 17th: DirtWorks! Class "Preserving the Harvest" with Cameron Green, 9am.  Registration required at

September 24th: **Annual Cider Squeeze**, 2 - 4pm, free.  Save the Date!  It’s a sweet celebration of conservation.  We’ll use an historic press to make fresh apple cider juice and enjoy a classic Methow fall afternoon.  Free.

October 8-9th: Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200*.  Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz.  Contact Mary at 509-996-2870 or with questions or to register. Click here for more details. 

October 15th: 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 for more details. 

December 6th: Methow Conservancy Holiday Social & “First Tuesday” program "OWL: A Year in The Life of North American Owls" with author and photographer Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, free. Save the Date! 

Events from Other Organizations

TwispWorks “Methow Skills” Series: Saturdays after the Farmer’s Market, come to TwispWorks for creative workshops with expert Methow instructors who will lead a variety of unique and practical classes. Classes run every Saturday May 28 through Sept 24. See the whole line-up of classes and register here.

Roots of Resilience is offering a Holistic Land Planning Workshop at the Okanogan Conservation District in Okanogan August 29 – 30th.  Learn how to create your ideal Holistic Land Plan in this hands-on two-day workshop. Plan for infrastructure you need to continue the creation of your ideal ranch or farm. Integrate your land planning with your financial planning.  See lots more details including an “early bird” registration discount at   

*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