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:

July 1st: “Adventures in Entomophagy”
Note: this is a Wednesday!
7:00 – 8:30pm at the
Winthrop Barn.  Doors open at 6:30pm. 

Join David George Gordon, the author of the acclaimed "Eat-a-Bug Cookbook," for an adventure in entomophagy [eating bugs], and prepare yourself for the next big revolution in food production – using crickets, mealworms, and other eco-friendly alternatives.  His program is fun, educational and extremely popular with grownups and kids!  The program concludes with free samples of edible insect snacks for everyone who attends. We promise you don't have to eat any insects if you don’t want to, but you will certainly be entertained and educated!

Have you ever swallowed a bug? More than 80 percent of the world’s cultures eat insects --- why don’t we? According to the United Nations, insects could very well be the food of the future! Learn more at

This program is made possible in part by Humanities Washington, an independent, nonprofit organization. Learn more at 

August 4th: “Alpine Heather Ecology & the Treasured Landscape Project,” 7:00 – 8:30pm at Sun Mountain Lodge with speakers Natalie Kuehler and botanist Therese Ohlson. Free.

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).  Free.

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.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

July 24th Alpine Wildflower Hike, 8:00am - 5:00pm, free. This class is FULL!
Join Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director, Mary Kiesau, to view, identify and enjoy alpine wildflowers in their splendid summer glory in the Tiffany Mountain area.  We’ll carpool from Winthrop at 8:00 a.m. and drive about 45 minutes to the trailhead. We’ll hike the 6 - 7 miles to Tiffany Mountain and Freezeout Ridge on a one-way route (we’ll leave some cars at the end for a shuttle).  There are great vistas, loads of wildflowers, and a chance to see the Tripod Burn area recovering with lush green growth.  There are some minor passes to hike up, but generally the hike will be rolling.  Good physical fitness is necessary.  The main thing that tends to affect people on this hike is the elevation gain – the top of Tiffany is over 8,000 feet.  We’ll have lunch at Honeymoon Pass or on top of Tiffany Mtn.  Bring your own lunch and plan to be out most of the day.  This event is free and open to the public but space is limited to 12 people.  Contact Mary at 996-2870 or to register. 

September 26th:  Annual Cider Squeeze, 2-4pm, free.  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.

October 3 - 4th: Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200*. This class is FULL. Call to get on the wait list. Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz. David's approach is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting the moment we meet-up. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, with the goal being to attain a professional certificate in wildlife tracking through Cybertracker Conservation. Lots of time for questions and discussion enhance the class. We will strive to expose participants to the widest possible diversity of tracks and signs in the Methow, and the two-day class is entirely field based at various places around the valley. The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200 per person. Participants may want to study lightly and/or read a tracking guidebook, such as Dave's "Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest." Lodging and food are on you own. Contact Mary at 509-996-2870 or with questions or to register.

Other Organizations' Conservation & Ecology Programs
Check out the upcoming news & events from other organizations and businesses!

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center at Twispworks offers a Native Plant Garden, numerous exhibits and monthly programs.  Check them out online here.

The Okanogan Highlands Alliance in Tonasket offers, "Highland Wonders," a series of monthly natural history programs. Check out their full calendar.

*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