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:

Look at all of those hippos!January 10th (note: 2nd Tuesday!): “Travels in Tanzania through the lens of Conservation”Join the whole Bondi family from Winthrop for a slideshow about their recent three-month trip through Tanzania. First, they worked with a conservation organization in the southern highlands of the Kilombero Valley where they experienced village life while studying human-wildlife interactions and land-protection options. Then, in eastern Tanzania they enjoyed the road less traveled by “wazungu na watoto” (white people with children) safaris. The Bondis will also take us on a tour of Tanzania’s northern national parks, where some of the most well-known Maasai tribes, wildlife migrations and African mammals exist.

The program is free and open to everyone.  7:00 - 8:30pm at the Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. The doors open at 6:30pm.  For more information, contact 996-2870 or

February 7th: Methow Conservancy “First Tuesday” Program with Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize winner Carol Bogezi, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

February 28th (note: a week early): “Living in the Era of Megafires“, a multi-media presentation lead by Dr. Paul Hessburg, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

April 11th (note: 2nd Tuesday!): “Alchemy of Herbs" with local herbalist Rosalee de la Foret, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

May 2nd: “Tides” with Jonathan White, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA

Other Methow Conservancy Events

January 11th: Methow GenNxt “Methow Futures” Meet-Up, 5:30-7:00pm at 24HR Mart in Twisp (Glover Street).  Project GenNxt meets again! Join fellow Methow GenNxters to review an organized summary from the November gathering, look at the main themes and issues that came up, and then discuss how to move forward with topics of interest, potential activities and more.Come celebrate with us and enjoy music by The Paperboys  See more and join the group here

January 21st:  Methow Trails & Methow Conservancy Birthday Bash with The Paperboys at the Winthrop Barn. We’re turning 20!  Help us celebrate 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. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online at above for more details.

February 4th Winter Wildlife Tracking, with David Moskowitz, 8:30am – 12:30pm, $45. This class is full, but you are welcome to get on the waitlist.

February 6th – March 13th:  The Life & Times of Methow Mammals - 13th Annual Conservation Course.  The course will run for six weeks from February 6th to March 13th with one class per week on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn.  $170. See all the details here

News from Other Organizations
The first-annual William Stafford Birthday Reading will be held on Thursday, January 12th from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Trail’s End Bookstorein Winthrop.  Featured readers include Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Christine Kendall, Sam Lucy, Kelleigh McMillan, Sam (Eileen) Owen, Shannon Huffman Polson, Liberty Bell High School sophomore Leo Shaw (whose English Honors’ project focuses on William Stafford), and host Cindy Williams Gutiérrez.  The featured readers will read one Stafford poem and a poem of their own that resonates with the Stafford poem.  Following the featured readers, U.S. Forest Service retiree Ardis Bynum will speak briefly about the Stafford Methow River poems enshrined in plaques along the Methow River and in the North Cascades. Audience members will then be invited to share their favorite Stafford poem or a personal story about William Stafford. All are welcome to this communal tribute to poet William Stafford renowned for his guiding wisdom and his love of the land.  Bring your favorite Stafford poem or tale to share!

The Methow Naturalist editor Dana Visalli will be teaching a class called “Big History: The Evolutionary Journey of Life & of Homo sapiens” at TwispWorks on Monday evenings January 2 – February 13, plus additional optional video and discussion sessions on Wednesday evenings. Cost is on a sliding scale, $0-$130. Contact Dana to enroll or for more information at or 509-997-9011.

Methow Trails hosts “Nature of Winter Snowshoe” tours every Saturday from Dec 31 - Feb 25 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.

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington Scholarship Program (CFNCW) is now accepting applications. The deadline for most scholarships is March 1st.  CFNCW manages over 90 scholarship funds with varying criteria established by generous donors who want to help students achieve their dreams. Many of the scholarships seek to support students with the greatest financial need.  Students can review scholarships through the online Scholarship Guide, which allows students to sort and filter scholarships by geographic area, GPA, award amounts, study area, and other specific criteria.  See all the 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