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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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!

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Website: http://www.ycic.org

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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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Feb
25
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.
Cost:

  • 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 www.cwu.edu/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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Feb
21
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.

Find our more, and register at: NAAEE

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Feb
20
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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Feb
19
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!

Find our more and register: NAAEE

Organization: 

Nature Natalie and North Branch Nature Center

North Branch Nature Center

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Feb
13
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

info@wenatcheeriverinstitute.org

509-548-0181, x4

For more information, go to: Wenatchee River Institute

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Jan
15
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.

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/277654986287818/

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