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 5th: “Pasayten Wildflowers” 7:00 - 8:30pm, at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.
Spanish Camp, Sheep Mountain, Ashnola, Horseshoe Basin… this is the high country of the Pasayten where retired USFS Methow Valley Ranger District botanist Therese Ohlson has spent many summers surveying plants. The Pasayten is rich in wetlands, colorful flower meadows, talus and fell fields, unique hummock topography, and arctic tundra and boreal plants at the southern extent of their range.  Explore the colors, survival skills and diversity of the plants of the high-country in the air-conditioned Merc!

The program is free and open to everyone.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Light refreshments available.  For more information, contact us at 996-2870 or

August 2nd: First Tuesday program TBA

September 6th: "An Update on the Methow's River Restoration Projects" with John Crandall, 7:00-8:30pm, location TBA, free.

October 4th: "Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities" with climate scientist Amy Snover, 7:00-8:30pm, location TBA, free.

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

July 16th: DirtWorks! Class: Bees and Pollinators, 9:00 - 10:30am.  Alexa Whipple shares her pollinator playground at her home farm with guest beekeeper Susie Kowalczyk. Learn about natural beekeeping, pollinator forage crops, and top bar and standard Langstroth beehive systems.  Register here.

July 29:  Alpine Wildflower Hike, 8:00am – 5:00pm with Mary Kiesau.  Free, registration required.

August 13th: DirtWorks! Class "Seed Saving" with Anaka Mines, 9am. Register here.

September 17th: DirtWorks! Class "Preserving the Harvest" with Cameron Green, 9am. Register here.

September 27th: Annual Cider Squeeze & Social Mark your calendars and start saving jugs for our annual Cider Squeeze at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s house just south of Winthrop. We’ll use an historic press to make fresh apple cider juice and enjoy a classic Methow fall afternoon.  This sweet event is always a special, family-friendly time to celebrate community, conservation and the harvest season!  Contact us at 996-2870 or if you have questions or need directions.

October 15th: DirtWorks! Class "Wood-fire Cooking" with Kate Posey, 9am. Register here.

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 May 28 through Sept 24. See the whole line-up of classes and register here.
The Okanogan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society offers flower and other naturalist hikes through the spring and summer.  See their offerings 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