Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
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First Tuesday lectures were recorded to video.
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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:

Amy Snover, the Director of the Climate Impacts Group and a professor at the University of Washington

October 4th: “Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities,” 7:00 – 8:30pm at The Merc Playhouse. Free. Amy Snover says our future communities, ecosystems and economies will be shaped by our ability to recognize and manage climate risks.  Ongoing climate variations have deep implications for how we see our home, how we do our work and how we live in a time of change. Amy, the Director of the Climate Impacts Group and a professor at the University of Washington, was the lead author of a groundbreaking guidebook to help local and state governments prepare for climate change, and she has helped communities in Pacific Northwest be at the forefront of climate adaptation and mitigation. 

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
Come hear the Rivertown Ramblers at the Cider Squeeze.

September 24th: Annual Cider Squeeze & Social, 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.  Free.  Click here for more details here.

October 1st: The Power of Prescribed Fires Field Trip, 8am – Noon, free. Join us for a walk in the woods with local Forest Service Fire Management staff to learn how prescribed fire works.  Click here for more details.    

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 15th:  Tour the Trees of Twisp, 12:30-3:00pm, free.  Join local Twisp tree lovers, Sarah Schrock and Dwight Filer, for a stroll through the changing autumn colors in town and learn some of the diverse and far ranging species that grace the streets, parks, and yards of Twisp.  Click here for more details

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 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 through Sept 24. See the whole line-up of classes and register 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