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.

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6:00 PM18:00

Activist Shaun King to Visit Central Washington University

Location: Central Washington University

Lecture begins 6:30 p.m.
Location: CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom.

  • Free - CWU students w/ student ID

  • $10 discounted GA tickets with a non-perishable food donation. Must show discounted ticket with food donation to enter venue. Donations will be accepted at the event door and will support CWU's Presidents United to Solve Hunger (P.U.S.H.) food banks.

  • $15 regular general admission

    Internationally-recognized civil rights activist and journalist, Shaun King will speak on February 25, 2019 at Central Washington University. Free tickets are currently available to CWU students online; the public may purchase tickets starting January 25.

The social media phenom is best known to his 4 million followers for spreading messages of social equity around the world. King has been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement, advocating for empowerment and dignity for African Americans.

“Shaun bravely spearheaded the efforts to identify and arrest violent white supremacists who brutally attacked men and women in Charlottesville, Virginia,” stated his website. “His dogged efforts single-handedly led to more arrests of Neo-Nazis there than that of the FBI or State Police.”

In addition to his social media presence, King is a columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. He is the former senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. As a writer he has written more than 1,500 articles and provides morning commentary on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.

King holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1999, King became the youngest student government president elected at Morehouse since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a student there in 1947.

He speaks at universities, prisons, and to civic groups across the U.S. King also won the first Humanitarian Hero honor at the 2018 BET Awards. As a young activist, he will connect with the campus to share how to use their voice and create change through social media.

This is a ticketed event. CWU students may pick up their tickets online at Wildcat Tickets or in the Wildcat Shop, starting January 2. General admission (GA) tickets will be available to the public on January 25.

For more information, go to: Central Washington University

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12:00 PM12:00

Resource Watch: Exploring Real-World Data in the Classroom and Beyond!

Learn how to use the Resource Watch platform to tell data-driven stories, connect with real-world events, and share valuable open data with students. Resource Watch features hundreds of free and reliable data sets that cover the state of the planet’s resources, commerce and people. The platform lets you dive into near real-time data, explore by topic, and create your own custom content.

Resource Watch is a program of the World Resources Institute (link is external). WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.

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8:00 AM08:00

NAAEE Lobby Day in Washington DC

NAAEE and partners are planning for early visibility for environmental education in 2019 on Capitol Hill. We invite our Affiliates, members, and partners to join us for a day of advocacy for EE on February 20, 2019. We're planning a fun and engaging day that will include drafting letters to the editor, advocacy training, a review of priority issues in 2019, and an afternoon full of meetings with Senators and Representatives from your states and districts. Along with our partners, we'll provide all of the tools and training you need for a successful and rewarding day. Registration is open (link is external)

With more than 100 new Members of Congress from 41 states moving to Washington DC this month alongside their returning colleagues, we have a great opportunity to engage new champions for EE. As members of the 116th Congress are settling in and setting their agendas, they need to hear from constituents like you about the importance of environmental education in their communities. Otherwise, they may never know about the simple but critical ways that Congress can ensure that work continues. 

In the coming months, appropriations committees will be considering funding for essential programs like those at EPA and NOAA that support environmental education, so our outreach is especially timely. Additionally, 2019 may bring new opportunities to strengthen federal support for EE that we’ll be keeping an eye on. In order to be successful in taking advantage of new opportunities as they arise, it’s important that we get organized now. Can't make it to DC on February 20? That's ok--we'll be sharing instructions and resources for scheduling meetings in your state and district offices as well as what you can do from the comfort of home to support the effort.  

NAAEE would like to thank our partners at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Earth Day Network, National Recreation & Parks Association, National Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club who are working with us to plan and host this event. 

Join us in 2019 (link is external) as we advocate for EE!

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5:00 PM17:00

Webinar: How to Start an Outdoor Classroom at Any School, Part 1

Join veteran outdoor classroom teachers Amy Butler and Natalie Crowley for an interactive webinar to learn the ins and outs of starting an outdoor classroom at any school. Part 1 will cover the "inside" work that needs to be done before heading outside with your students, including: finding your WHY, building alliances with administration and families, and how to find your space and place in nature. Join us March 21 for Part 2: The "Outside" Work!

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Nature Natalie and North Branch Nature Center

North Branch Nature Center

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6:30 PM18:30

Leavenworth: a digital landform tour of the Eastern Cascades

Community Experiences

Red Barn Event | a digital landform tour of the Eastern Cascades, Karl Lillquist PhD

Location: Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division St., Leavenworth

Join Karl Lillquist PhD, Central WA University Professor of Geography, for a digital landform tour of the Eastern Cascades!

When we think of the Cascade Range, glaciers often come to mind. In fact, Fred Beckey’s classic book is aptly titled “Range of Glaciers”. The same cannot be said of rock glaciers. These elongate to broad deposits of rock and ice that show evidence of movement away from steep slopes in mountainous terrain were traditionally considered key landforms and climate indicators of more continental mountain ranges, where snowfall and winter temperatures are lower than their marine counterparts. Little attention was previously given to rock glaciers in the marine-influenced Cascade Range.

We have identified, mapped, and analyzed rock glaciers across Washington’s Eastern Cascades in an effort to understand how, why, and when they formed. Further, we have used rock glaciers as a tool to better understand permafrost in the Eastern Cascades and its significance as a regional water supply in a warming world. Finally, we have assessed the significance of rock glaciers to the larger picture of Eastern Cascades landscapes over time.

Contact Info

509-548-0181, x4

For more information, go to: Wenatchee River Institute

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7:00 PM19:00

Yakima Valley College- Washington Native Plants

Hosted by Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and Yakima Valley College
Location: Yakima Valley College - Glenn Anthon Hall (1001 S 16th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902) - Building 4, Room 215

Yakima Valley College - Glenn Anthon Hall (1001 S 16th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902) - Building 4, Room 215
Terri Knoke, of the Washington Native Plant Society, will describe her own personal journey into the world of native plants, especially those of the shrub steppe of the Columbia Basin. She will relate how, at the age of sixty, she fell down the rabbit hole of botany and art and into the wonderland of native plants. The desert parsleys were her downfall, and in tribute to them she will relate stories about ten species of Lomatium that live here on Cowiche Canyon Conservancy lands. How are these plants connected to fish and grapefruits? Come find out at this presentation on the diverse and fascinating genera of native plants

This event is FREE to the public.

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