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:

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!   Learn about the messy and juicy history of Washington’s produce history. 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.

This discussion includes a large cast of characters: pioneers, entrepreneurs, orchardists, labor activists, a horticultural prodigy and Cashmere's own "Cider King." Full of suspense, tragedy, triumph, heroism and even some romance, this presentation will reveal some of our state's juiciest stories. Beyond providing nutrition and injecting billions of dollars into Washington state's economy, fruit connects us to the past, to the environment and to people we may never meet.

This program is co-sponsored by Humanities Washington and Julia Harrison is a member of the 2015 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit

November 3rd: Methow Conservancy “First Tuesday” Program with Methow Trails, “Snow Science & the Art of Grooming,” 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Merc Playhouse.  Free.  Ever wondered how snow forms?  Or why some snow storms provide snow that slides and glides better than others?  What’s special about Methow snow?  We’re teaming up with local snow scientists and the expert groomers at Methow Trails to pack an evening full of snow as we all anticipate the white stuff falling soon!  Now’s your chance to get ready for winter!

December 1st: December Program & Holiday Social, “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest,” at the Winthrop Barn with marine scientists and authors Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos. The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7:00pm–8:30pm.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

October 10th:  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 8:30-10:30am.  Contact Mary for more details or to sign-up to help! 

October 21st:  Annual Methow Mixer at the Ballard Homestead (6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle) in Seattle, 7:00 - 9:00pm.  Free. Do you love the Methow Valley but find yourself living in the greater Seattle area?  Well, mark your calendar now for your city dose of the Methow! Our annual Methow Mixer is going to be Wednesday evening, October 21st at the super-cool Ballard Homestead building.  We’ll be Howlin’ and Growlin’ as we celebrate our love for this Valley and learn a little bit more about the charismatic carnivores who call the North Cascades home.  Wildlife ecologist and engaging presenter Dr. Bill Gaines, will take us through his years of research and wonder uncovering the mysteries of bears, wolverines, wolves, and cougars.  We’ll also allow for plenty of time to meet and mingle with others who Love this Valley and we’ll have some sweet treats for dessert!  Kids and families encouraged and feel free to bring along a friend who loves the Methow.  We’ve got plenty of space in the room this year and we’d love to see you!

December 1st: December Program & Holiday Social, “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest,” at the Winthrop Barn with marine scientists and authors Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos. The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7pm–8:30pm.  The Salish Sea region is an ecological jewel straddling the western border between Canada and the United States, connected to the Pacific Ocean primarily through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There, lush and mossy old-growth forests meet waters with dazzlingly-colored anemones and majestic orcas.  One of the world’s largest inland seas, the Salish Sea contains 6,535 square miles of sea surface area and 4,642 miles of coastline. Fashioned by the violent volcanism of the Pacific Rim of Fire, plate tectonics, and the sculptural magic wrought by Ice Age glaciers, the Salish Sea is a unique ecosystem home to thousands of different species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and macro-invertebrates.  Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos will share breathtaking photography, take a look at the region’s geology, fauna, and history, and share why the Salish Sea matters to all of us. 

Early Winter 2016:  CORVIDS – Our 2016 Conservation Course will be on Corvids – the group of birds that includes ravens, crows, jays, magpies, nutcrackers and more.  Dates to come soon, but save your Monday nights for this amazing course this winter!

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

MethowReady is hosting more “Preparedness” Trainings.  Attend Wednesday, Oct 14 or Tues Oct 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp.  Learn everything you need to know to help get you and your neighborhood ready for the next disaster. Whether it’s fires, earthquakes, floods, or storms, odds are that in a major event, you and those closest to you will be the first responders. Register now at 509-449-5590 or at  Free East 20 Pizza, and cookies provided.  MethowReady, a project of the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization.

PCC Farmland Trust is hiring a full-time Program Assistant.  PCC Farmland Trust secures, preserves and stewards threatened farmland in the Northwest, ensuring that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable, organic growing methods. The Trust is a non-profit founded in 1999 by Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets, and is operated independently.  See the job description here

Twisp Public Library is hosting Humanities WA speaker Scott Woodward on Thursday, November 5th at 6pm as he discusses "Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State". In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt made a 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State, inspiring thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. The wilderness legacy that ensued from this visit guarantees our sense of place in Washington state today with the formation of national wildlife refuges, national forests and parks, and national monuments. This presentation combines music, anthropology and history.  Woodward also discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today.

Wildfires and Us, a group of Wenatchee -area concerned citizens has formed a voluntary group to encourage a regional conversation about how to live better with wildfire.  They are hosting a “Wildfire and Us Summit,” Monday November 9th, 4-8pm, at the Numerica Performing Arts Center.  The summit is free and open to the public.  Wildfires and Us say they are, “Committed to developing a comprehensive, cooperative and collaborative regional approach to reduce the risks of wildfire loss.”  You are invited to join with key leaders in the region to explore what steps need to be taken and the role you can play. Doors open at 3pm and the program begins at 4 with a reception to follow. For more information, find the Wildfires & Us Facebook page.

The Methow Valley Ranger District of the United States Forest Service Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has announced plans for prescribed burning this fall on the Methow Valley Ranger District.  Meg Trebon, Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Methow Ranger District, says, "During this summer’s wildfires, we were glad to see that recent thinning and prescribed fire treatments helped reduce fire behavior on local fires (resulting in fewer trees burned and minimizing effects on soil, water, and habitat) and offered some secure locations to anchor suppression efforts (resulting in safer locations to fight fire, smaller fire acreages, and less wildfire smoke). Now it’s time for us to turn our attention toward the continued work of reducing fuels on National Forest lands with prescribed fire."  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.

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