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

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March 6th: “Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?” with speaker David George Gordon. 7:00-8:30pm, at the Winthrop Barn, free.

Learn about this mysterious and iconic Northwest creature, and weigh the evidence both for and against its existence!  Throughout the Northwest, people have been reporting encounters with the Sasquatch for hundreds of years. Despite footprints and numerous eyewitness accounts, no scientifically accepted evidence establishes this being’s existence.  Author and “science communicator” David George Gordon evaluates the data, shares rules of scientific methodology, and teaches YOU how to become an effective “citizen scientist” to determine if the Sasquatch is real or myth. Attendees are encouraged to tell their tales and experiences with this mysterious creature!

This Methow Conservancy First Tuesday Program is sponsored by the Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau.
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The doors open at 6:30pm.  The event is free and open to everyone.  For more information, contact 996-2870 or

April 3rd: “First Tuesday” Program, “Native Bees” with speaker Don Rolfs, 7:00pm. at The Merc Playhouse.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

February 5th (5:00 to 6:00pm) Introduction to NRCS cost-share opportunities for on-farm conservation practices
This will be a workshop for farms or ranchers looking to partner with the NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service), to engage in on-farm conservation practices.  Attendees will learn more about applicable NRCS programs, the grant application cycle, and the application process.  Contact for details or to RSVP. (This event had been originally scheduled for January 22nd, but was rescheduled to this date).

February 5th (6:00 to 7:00pm) YOU can impact how NRCS resources are allocated in our region
Especially those who have worked with NRCS in the past are encouraged to attend this workshop and learn about the “Local Working Group” process – and how their input can significantly affect how NRCS resources are allocated among conservation programs in our region. Contact for details or to RSVP. (This event had been originally scheduled for January 22nd, but was rescheduled to this date).

February 12-18th: Methow Experience Online Auction.  Wherever you are, bid on unique Methow (and beyond) adventures, services, items, performances and more! Click here for more details.
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February 12th:  Herpetology Conservation Course starts.  With well-known scientist-instructors including Professor Dan Beck, and biologists John Rohrer, Scott Fitkin, Julie Grialou and Jenn Zajac, the course will remind you of a college-level seminar, with engaging lectures, optional reading materials, discussion amongst your peers, and a small class size.  See all the class dates and details here

February 16th: “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on mammals with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pm, $65.  Space limited, registration required. Click here for more details.   

Mary KiesauFebruary 18th:  Methow Grown Film Festival, 4:00-6:00pm at the Winthrop Barn.  Joinus for food, drinks and our Methow Grown film, festival plus the end to our entertaining Methow Experience online auction!  Click here for more details.

April 7th: Wildlife Tracking Intensive, first of six sessions, once a month from April to September, with instructor Nate Bacon, $460.   Click here for more details.

May 31st – June 3rd: Methow Conservancy Spring Naturalists’ Retreat.  With guidance from naturalist instructors Libby Mills, Dana Visalli and Mary Kiesau spend a long weekend learning and exploring Methow birds, flowers and plants, and whatever else we find (butterflies and other insects, geology, frogs, lizards and snakes, scat and tracks and much more!) With glorious days in the field and engaging presentations and group dinners on two evenings (one catered, one potluck) you will be amazed by all that you learn and soak up in this fantastic nature and educational experience!  The class is limited to 20 people and costs $200*/person, including one catered dinner.  To register or for more information, contact Mary at 509-996-2870 or


Events & News from Other Organizations

Saving SnowThe Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation is hosting a special one-day only showing of the documentary film "Saving Snow," Monday Feb. 26th at 6pm at the Barnyard Cinema in Winthrop.  Admission is by donation, benefiting the Washington state organization Climate Solutions.  As described on the film's website: "Across the country, people who depend on winter for their livelihood are feeling the heat. On the sidelines of skiing and snowboarding, an epic struggle to reverse rising temperatures is unfolding. Ski towns and the snow sports industry are paving the way towards a clean energy future."  Come early to get food and drinks at the Barnyard Cinema!

Methow Trails hosts “Nature of Winter Snowshoe” Tours every Saturday from Jan 6 - Feb 24 at both Sun Mountain and Jacks Hut at the Freestone Inn.  These family-friendly snowshoe tours start at 11:00am and are led by local volunteers who focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more.  See more details here.

*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