Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Cities Enhancing Public Spaces with Nature Play Webinar

Cities are installing nature play spaces to foster outdoor learning and play, improve children’s health and wellness, activate parks, and promote everyday connection to nature. Join us for a discussion on nature play features and the benefits they provide and how two cities prioritized and navigated installation of nature play elements. City case studies provide an insider perspective on engaging youth and residents in co-designing nature play spaces, multi-agency collaboration, accounting for risk & liability, and opportunities to replicate nature play spaces throughout their cities. Nature play space form meets function in this free Enhancing Public Spaces with Nature Play Webinar.

Find out more and Register at: Children and Nature Network webinars

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Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Yakima Area Arboretum Naturalist Program: Fall 2019 Enrollment


Interested in learning more about the natural world and becoming a volunteer with the Yakima Area Arboretum? The Naturalist Training Program will provide you with the tools needed to share knowledge of the local ecosystem with visitors to the Arboretum and throughout the community.

Yakima Area Arboretum Naturalist Program: Fall 2019 Enrollment

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Nov
6
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Sustainability Education Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Planning

Free Webinar

The interdisciplinary field of sustainability programs is trending at many institutions. Assessments of programs is part of that reality to be in compliance with the Higher Learning Commissions and the evaluation of program quality and continuous improvement. The key to a strong sustainability program and seamless assessment process is to ensure the curriculum is aligned to course and student artifacts and competencies are aligned with student learning outcomes. In this webinar, you will learn how to develop a curriculum map, align a program and student learning outcomes and assess program curriculum in sustainability education.

Be sure to RSVP: https://www.aashe.org/calendar/curriculum-mapping/

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Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

KEEN Windfall Cider Fest

The Best Crafted Cider & Music meet again to celebrate the colors of fall in the center of Washington

Ciderhouses from Puget Sound,  Wenatchee, Yakima and around the region will bring enough varieties to make the most experienced taster swoon.  Four live bands, Bluegrass to Folk to Americana, will own the outdoor stage. 

Come to Western Town at the Kittitas Valley Event Center, Ellensburg, WA.  Gather with your friends on October 13.   Taps are open from 3 pm to 9 pm.

WindFall is an event for ages 21 and up.  ID will be required. 

Learn More: https://windfallciderfest.org/#

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

E3 and KEEN Environment and Sustainability Conference

Co-hosted by KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network) and E3 Washington

E3 Washington and KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network) are delighted to hold the first Washington State Environment and Sustainability Education (ESE) Community Conference in over seven years. We’re building on the NAAEE Conference in Spokane last year.

Join us for this opportunity to gather and share environment and sustainability education.

When: October 5-6, 2019

Where: Lazy F Ranch, Ellensburg WA

Who: Teachers, Educators, Professors, Scientists, Engineers and others working to support ESE for ALL students in Washington State. 

The CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now open. Share your wisdom, lessons or research.

Find out more: E3 Washington

Or, Register Now

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Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Raptor Workshop- Lk Chelan

Location: Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, 216 East Woodin Avenue
Chelan, WA 98816 United States + Google Map

Phone: 509-682-3503
Website: info@lakechelan.com

Cost: Free

Join HawkWatch International Senior Scientist Dr. Dave Oleyar as he talks about the importance of long-term monitoring sites including local efforts at Chelan Ridge, and HWI’s network of western sites.  Learn how these data and those from other count sites across North America tell the story of raptor populations and steer research efforts.  HawkWatch International started over 30 years ago as an organization focused on monitoring the status of raptor populations in the west by counting and banding migrants each year, and educating people about birds of prey and their roles in the environments we share.

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Aug
25
6:00 AM06:00

Next State Parks ‘free day’ is Aug. 25

Special day celebrates the National Park System’s 103rd birthday

OLYMPIA – Aug. 5, 2019 – In recognition of the National Park System’s 103rd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Sunday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.

State Parks free days are in keeping with 2011 legislation that created the Discover Pass, which costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day visit. The pass is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation directed State Parks to designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.

While Washington State Parks and the National Park Service are different entities, the two agencies share a rich tradition of stewarding the lands they manage. Many state parks are located within an hour’s drive of Washington’s national parks, monuments and historical reserves and sites:

  • Battle Ground Lake State Park, near Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
    35 minutes by car

  • Fort Townsend Historical State Park, near Olympic National Park
    One hour by car

  • Bogachiel State Park, near Olympic National Park
    43 minutes by car

  • Lime Kiln Point State Park, near San Juan Island National Historical Park
    16 minutes by car

  • Rockport and Rasar state parks, near North Cascades National Park
    32 and 40 minutes by car

  • Fort Ebey State Park and Fort Casey Historical State Park, near Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
    10 minutes by car

  • Federation Forest, Nisqually and Nolte state parks, near Mount Rainier National Park
    40 minutes, 36 minutes and one hour by car

In addition, many Washington state parks are within the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail:

  • Beacon Rock State Park

  • Columbia Hills State Park

  • Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

  • Lyons Ferry State Park

  • Palouse Falls State Park

  • Steamboat Rock State Park

  • Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park

  • Yakima Sportsman State Park

For more information on special birthday events the National Park Service is planning, visit:  https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/nps-birthday.htm

The remaining 2019 State Parks free days are:

  • Saturday, Sept. 28 — National Public Lands Day

  • Monday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day

The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations, and day access is included in the overnight fee. For information about Discover Pass, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

To find a Washington state park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/281/Parks

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Aug
24
9:00 PM21:00

Starry Skies over Kittitas Valley

Starry Skies over Kittitas Valley | Ellensburg, WA




Check the time of the event when you register!

Location: Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility Renewable Energy Center, 25905 Vantage Highway, Ellensburg, WA.

Take a cosmic voyage with Ranger Naturalist Emily Jacobs as you lay beneath the stars at Wild Horse. During this naked eye stargazing experience, you'll learn about the heavens, the moon, the Milky Way galaxy, meteors, constellations, comets, and the folklore that follows. Great for all ages. RSVP to wildhorse@pse.com. Space is limited.

Find out more at: My Ellensburg

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Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Science Action Clubs- Coulee Dam

Location: Lake Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School, Coulee Dam, WA

Spark youth interest in science!

Hands-on science investigation for out-of-school time programs.

Designed by the California Academy of Sciences, Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC use citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.

SAC’s science and nature units spark curiosity, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities.

All three units are available in English and bilingual English-Spanish. Our sliding scale fee structure ensures equity and access!

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Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Outdoor Family Movie Night- Alta Lake

Location: Alta Lake State Park, View Facility

Address: 1B Otto Road, Pateros, WA 98846

Cost: Discover Pass required

Join park staff and volunteers for a showing of nature's smallest animals. From tiny sharks and shrews to a hummingbird that travels thousands of miles each year, we will learn all about some of the tiniest survivors in the animal kingdom. It is a great big world out there, but for these animals, size does not matter!

Dress for the weather, after the sun goes down temperatures can drop rather quickly. It is also recommended that you bring your own chairs for seating.

Contact: (509) 923-2473

Find out more at: Washington State Parks

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Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Kittitas & Wild Horse Wind Day Event

We are hosting a brand new event in cooperation with the Kittitas Valley Wind Farm that highlights the American Wind Industry and those that work in it! This one of a kind event will feature an inspection drone flight, borescope camera examination of the inside of gearbox, blade repair demonstration, and industry professionals to answer your questions. It is also a kid friendly event with paper airplane contests, a watermelon and egg drop, and kite building! For lunch, there will be delicious tacos and burritos available from Tacos Chalito. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
10:00am Wind Turbine Tour
11:00am Paper Airplane Contest
11:45am Egg and Watermelon Drop- Build an egg hard hat
12:30pm Blade Repair Demo by Notus
1:00pm Drone Demonstration Flight
2:00pm Wind Turbine Tour
3:00pm Build a Kite

Please send us an email at wildhorse@pse.com if you are interested in attending.

 

Have a great day,

 

Andrea Crawford

Program Coordinator

Renewable Energy Center

Wild Horse Wind Facility

Puget Sound Energy

 

Ph:    509-964-7815

Cell:  509-607-6285

www.facebook.com/wildhorseREC

www.pse.com/wildhorse

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Aug
6
4:30 PM16:30

Science Action Clubs- Coulee Dam

Location: Lake Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School, Coulee Dam, WA

Spark youth interest in science!

Hands-on science investigation for out-of-school time programs.

Designed by the California Academy of Sciences, Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC use citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.

SAC’s science and nature units spark curiosity, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities.

All three units are available in English and bilingual English-Spanish. Our sliding scale fee structure ensures equity and access!

For More Information and to Register!

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Jun
5
9:00 AM09:00

World Environment Day

Nine out of ten people breathe polluted air. From 24 May, through to #WorldEnvironmentDay on June 5, we are calling on everyone to join the Mask Challenge. Face masks are a great symbol to show leaders we want to breathe clean air. Alongside celebrities, influencers and creators, the World Environment Day campaign invites everyone to:

Decide what action you are going to take to #BeatAirPollution

Here are some examples:

  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk

  • Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle and request electric taxis

  • Turn off the car engine when stationary

  • Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions

  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash

  • Switch to high-efficiency home heating systems and equipment

  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use 

  • Choose non-toxic paints and furnishings
     

  1. Make a pledge and challenge others to take action
    May 24th – June 4th

    • Take a photo or video of yourself wearing a mask to post on social media. Don't have a mask?

    • Get creative and make your own!

    • In your post share the action you’ll take to reduce air pollution

    • Tag 3 people/organizations/ companies to challenge them to do the same.

    • Use #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment.
       

  2. On World Environment Day, show how you have fulfilled your pledge!

  • Take another photo or video of yourself fulfilling your commitment and post it on social media.

  • Use #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment. 

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Jun
1
12:00 PM12:00

KEEN: Urban Streams and Brews

Location: Downtown Ellensburg

Fees/Admission: $45

Event Description:

This is a bar crawl with Science! || walk, talk, and learn || expert-led discussions about urban stream habitat, fish, and stormwater || get to know our urban creeks || enjoy beer & wine at local watering holes || support the Kittitas Environmental Education Network!

Enter your email address below to receive a reminder message.

Website: http://www.ycic.org

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May
28
2:00 PM14:00

Regional Farm to School & ECE Gatherings

Free – Battle Ground: RSVP here

The Washington State Farm to School Network is organizing a Regional Gathering in six locations around Washington State! School gardeners, school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, teachers, parents, childcare providers, and anyone else interested in farm to school in the region are encouraged to attend. Students welcome!
Please forward this on to everyone that might be interested.

At 2pm there will be a training/networking session on buying local food for school nutrition staff, farmers, childcare providers, and other attendees working on local foods in meal programs.

At 3:30pm school gardeners, educators, teachers, and all other farm to school partners will join the event to continue networking and growing farm to school in the region.

Pick a time when you sign up for a gathering!

Agendas include:

  • 2 - 3:30pm: Local food in school meals & early care: Procurement training/panel and networking for school nutrition staff, childcare providers, and farmers facilitated by WSDA Farm to School. CEU documentation for nutrition staff will be provided.

  • 3:30 - 4:30pm: Regional farm to school networking - School gardeners, educators, teachers, childcare providers, and any other farm to school partners will join school nutrition staff and farmers to talk about local farm to school and early care successes, challenges, and strategies for moving forward.

  • 4:30 - 5:30pm: Gathering regional input on Washington State Farm to School Network development & priorities

Agenda for Northwest Washington will be from 8:30am-3pm starting with a training for school garden educators and teachers organized by Viva Farms. Check out the Northwest WA agenda here!

Contact ciberle@agr.wa.gov if you are interested in organizing any other activities or components of the event in your region. 

Be sure to RSVP here

Thanks,

WA State Farm to School Network Coordination Team

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May
23
12:00 PM12:00

NAAEE Webinar: Collective Impact Evaluation

Organization: 

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

NAAEE

Rhode Island Environmental Education Association

We hope that you'll join us for the May installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series. Come learn about exciting work happening across the NAAEE Affiliate Network to evaluate environmental education at the state level and consider how you might do similar work in your state.

How can we tell our story more effectively to advance environmental education? Which measures speak the loudest? Katie Navin, Executive Director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (link is external), will discuss what CAAEE has learned from practitioners, funders, researchers, and national experts to create shared outcomes and collective evaluation in Colorado.

And join Jeanine Silversmith, Project Manager for the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (link is external), to learn about Rhode Island’s statewide survey of K-12 educators and the successful partnerships that were informed by the results. Jeanine will share information about the development and implementation of the tool and give a brief update on their progress toward assessing student environmental literacy in Rhode Island. 

Register Now: NAAEE Webinars

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May
22
9:00 AM09:00

Workforce Collaboration Summit

Register Now

Event Description:

Join local organizations for an engaging day of learning about partner services, networking, and other valuable resources. You will make new connections and foster existing relationships to better assist your clients. Innovative tools and other resources will be shared to help you understand all the services available in our region and who provides them. Assist workers, job seekers, and businesses to access wide-ranging workforce preparation programs and services.

Registration Fee: $25.00 per person and includes breakfast and lunch - please email amandab@skillsource.org if you need assistance with the registration fee.

Location: Confluence Technology Center

Partners: SkillSource, WorkSource Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College, OIC of Washington, Molina, DSHS, Catholic Charities, DVR, Community Action Council, NW Laborers Union, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

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May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Get Lit! Hydroponics

Event Description:

Join Wenatchee Valley Museum’s MakerSpace for the next class in the Get Lit series: Hydroponics! Learn the science behind what makes a system hydroponic and how to make one for your own home or backyard. With the knowledge you gain in this class you will be able to make your hydroponic system, big or small, for your own home. This class will be for ADULTS ONLY. Admission will be $30, which will include one small hydroponic system and a glass of wine.

For more information, go to: https://www.wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/event/get-lit-hydroponics/

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May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe

Location: Helen McCabe State Park

This annual event is FREE and FAMILY friendly. Expert-led field trips into the shrub-steppe highlighting geology, plants, beavers, snakes and reptiles, raptors and songbirds, and more! Educational booths with fun activities are located at Helen McCabe State Park and our field trips are led out of Umtanum Creek Recreation Area.

Please be sure to purchase a $5 day-pass to park at the Bureau of Land Management's Umtanum Recreation Area - passes are available onsite or for purchase ahead of time from the Chamber of Commerce in Ellensburg. You do not need to register ahead of time, but please bring water to drink, snacks, wear layers of clothing, and sturdy shoes. The trails are easy, but can be rough in places. Please bring your kids, but not your pets :-).

Website: http://www.ycic.org

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Beacon Rock State Park

Park Rx Day guided walk

34841 State Route 14. Skamania, WA 98648
@ Doetsch day-use area

Contact: (509) 427-8265

Join Ranger Bob Holland for a guided walk on the ADA-accessible interpretive trail to celebrate National Park Rx Day, observed across the United States to promote the growing healthcare initiative of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve their health.

Learn about the geologic history and other natural wonders of the Columbia River Gorge on this easy 1-mile hike. Meet at the Doetsch day-use shelter at 10 a.m. There is no cost for the hike, but a Discover Pass is needed for vehicle parking.

Find out more at: WA State Parks

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Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

ASCD Webinar: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience

Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience

In this webinar, Jay McTighe and Judy Willis examine how the neuroscience of learning intersects with the Understanding by Design® framework. Using ideas outlined in their new book, Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience, they will explore

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Apr
22
4:30 AM04:30

State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

All Day

To celebrate spring, today is a State Parks "free day" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities).

A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.

For more information, go to: WA State Parks

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Apr
20
4:30 AM04:30

State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

All Day

To celebrate spring, today is a State Parks "free day" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities).

A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.

For more information, go to: WA State Parks

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Apr
13
5:30 PM17:30

Farm to Table Grange Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner

Location: Swauk-Teanaway Grange
Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 509-304-5313 or 509-857-2580 or reply back to me with the number of tickets you would like to reserve along with your contact information. 

Event Description:

Come out to the Grange Saturday, April 13 and join us in Celebrating Local Youth, Agriculture and Business with a Farm to Table Dinner featuring a traditional pig roast with all the trimmings.  We want to thank Frank Bacon at Bacon’s Homegrown Pork in Ellensburg for providing the hog which will be slow-roasted by James Jones at Smokey’s Bar-B-Que in South Cle Elum.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome Tom Dent, our State Representative for the 13th district, and Judy Hossner, our Washington State Grange representative for Washington Agriculture in the Classroom, as keynote speakers.  We will also hear from our 2018 scholarship recipients during the dinner.  Our Grange Ladies are providing baked goods to raffle off, tickets will be sold by our 2018 recipients.  You could go home with a delicious apple pie or yummy cheesecake! Every year we raise money for Grange scholarships for Kittitas County students.  Every penny raised goes to the Scholarship Fund! 

We need to pre-sale tickets as space is limited at the Grange.  If you are unable to attend the dinner but would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can send your donation to Swauk-Teanaway Grange, P. O. Box 401, Cle Elum, WA  98922. 

For more information, go to: http://www.swaukteanawaygrange.com

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Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Yakima Valley Winter Lecture: Ben Goldfarb on Why Beavers Matter to Our Future

Public · Hosted by Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and Yakima Valley College
Location: Yakima Valley College

Author Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and salmon lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”―including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens―recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier than those without them. Ben's talk will cover the extraordinary ecology of this influential species; describe how beavers transform landscapes; and detail how these remarkable rodents can help us fight drought, wildfire, biodiversity loss, and climate change.

For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/362444177861712/

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