Feb
3
Mar 15

Western Hummingbird Partnership- Grant

GRANTS

Información en español

The Western Hummingbird Partnership works to build an effective and sustainable hummingbird conservation program through research, monitoring, habitat restoration and enhancement, and education. WHP has limited funding, with most projects in the $1,000 - $5,000 range, for activities that will benefit knowledge of hummingbird populations and their conservation and public awareness of hummingbirds, especially migratory species with ranges in western Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Examples of projects of interest include those that explore climate change impacts on hummingbirds, examine the habitat requirements of migratory hummingbird species, promote habitat restoration, and/or demonstrate successful methods of engaging the public in hummingbird conservation, education and citizen science. Research proposals should demonstrate a clear nexus to conservation.

During proposal development, applicants may consult with the WHP Coordinator, Susan Bonfield, for assistance and with any questions:

Susan Bonfield: sbonfield@environmentamericas.org

Phone: 970.393.1183

Applicants should use the template provided at the link below to submit a brief proposal of no more than 2 pages (not including references, tables or figures) that details the project purpose, description, methods, partners, plus a budget (including any leveraged or matching funds).

PROPOSAL TEMPLATE

To Submit: Send your proposal via e-mail to Susan Bonfield at sbonfield@environmentamericas.org.

Deadline: March 15, 2016.

Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

Orca Bowl: Marine Science Knowledge Competition

Washington State’s Ocean
Knowledge Competition

Each year, high school students from across the state of Washington come together for a day of friendly competition and exciting enrichment experiences at Orca Bowl, Washington’s regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB). Washington Sea Grant partners with UW’s College of the Environment to offer the program.

Prospective sponsors and volunteers can find more on our sponsors and volunteer pages.

For more information, Click Here.

Feb
28
12:00 pm12:00

NAAEE- Indigenous Environmental Justice

Please join us for the next installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series (Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the field of EE) on Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00 ET. We will hear from NAAEE Advisory Council member Angela Mooney D'arcy, founder and Executive Director of the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples (link is external), a Los Angeles-based, Indigenous-led organization that works to build the capacity of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples to protect sacred lands, waters, and cultures. Register now and we will send you the recording if you are not able to make it.

For more information, visit: https://naaee.org/eepro

Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner and Lynda Mapes

Location: Seattle Aquarium
Fees: $10 each advance/$8 Aquarium members.  $15 day of event

A look at the extraordinary rescue of Rialto the sea otter, and how the Seattle Times teamed up with the Seattle Aquarium to tell a story of conservation and compassion as the Aquarium rehabilitated a stranded sea otter pup from Rialto Beach, nursed it back to health with 24/7 expert care, and moved the animal to its permanent home in Vancouver, B.C.

Learn about why the Seattle Times decided to “go big” on this story, the extraordinary partnership with the Aquarium, and the importance of working together to tell stories of compassion and conservation in what can be discouraging times—and the challenges facing such efforts in the future.

For more information: http://www.seattleaquarium.org/upcoming-events

 

Mar
11
1:00 pm13:00

Vancouver WA Water Resource Center- Second Saturdays

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are not only fun, they're free! Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories.

March: Celebrate World Water Day
Join us for a celebration of World Water Day! In 1992, the United Nations created World Water Day to celebrate and focus attention on the importance of our planet’s most important resource—water! We’ll ‘dive in’ with activities for the whole family focused on learning about where our water comes from, how communities around the globe get water and how we can all work together to promote clean and plentiful water.

Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, go to the: Vancouver WA Water Resource Center Website

Mar
16
9:00 am09:00

Eastern Washington Regional Science & Engineering Fair

We are excited to announce the Spokane STEMposium has transitioned into the Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair (EWRSEF). We are continuing the tradition of hosting an annual science and engineering competition to support STEM competency in our community, but there a few things that will be different.

What's Changed?

  • Participants must reside in an Eastern Washington County - Spokane, Whitman, Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille.
  • All projects must have an adult sponsor - this can be your teacher, a scientist, or another adult with a science background.
  • Eligible students must be in grades 6-12.
  • All participants can advance to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair .
  • The number of projects will be limited so register early.
  • Select winners in grades 9-12 will be eligible to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair!
  • Select winners in grades 6-8 will be eligible to attend Broadcom MASTERS
  • All presentations must be done on poster board; no more PowerPoints!
  • In lieu of writing a paper, students will need to keep and display a chronological research journal.
  • Students can work individually or with a two to three person team.
  • Lunch will no longer be provided.  There will be places to buy lunch on campus.

For more information, Click Here.

Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

Wenatchee Environmental Film & Lecture Series: The Bluebird Man

Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 127 South Mission Street
Wenatchee, WA United States

Al Larson was one of the first citizen scientists to take up the North American Bluebird Society call to action in 1978. Since then, the 91-year-old has developed a string of 300 nest boxes in the remote Owyhee Mountains on the Oregon/Idaho  border. The film captures the dedication of this conservationist as he monitors every stage of the breeding process from nest building to egg laying, hatching, and finally the fledgling of the bluebird chicks. While celebrating the    success of this remarkable man, the film addresses the struggle to inspire the next generation of citizen scientists.

This film is being sponsored by North Central Washington Audubon Society.

For more information, go to: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Mar
22
6:30 pm18:30

An Overview of the Most Recent Ice Age Floods in the Pacific Northwest

Location: Northwest Museum of Arts + Culture. Eric A. Johnston Auditorium, 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, United States

Cost: $9, suggested donation

This program, let by Ice Age Floods Institute President Dr. Gary Ford, will review some of the evidence for the Ice Age floods by following them “downstream” from western Montana to the Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Ford will also discuss some landscapes that are the direct result of multiple Ice Age floods which occurred between ca. 15,550 and 13,350 BP.

About the Presenter: Gary Ford is the current president of the Ice Age Floods Institute. He has taught soil science classes at Montana State University and the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and worked as a soil scientist for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, where he mapped more than a million acres and worked as the regional soils correlator. He was also a member of the Landscape Ecology Team that worked on the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management project; and the Forest Planner on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests and co-leader of the Forest Plan Revision Team for the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Earth Science, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from Montana State University. 

Mar
24
Mar 26

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

It’s time to begin making plans to attend the 2017 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, you will never find so many Ice Age Floods-related lectures and tours in one place.  This year the Crane Festival will be held on March 24, 25, and 26. This festival is becoming a viable vehicle for the Ice Age Flood Institute’s goal of having an annual Floodfest celebration.  Friday the 24th, Nick Zentner will give a talk that will summarize the general Ice Age Floods story.  Saturday the 25th will be the day most of the IAFI’s lectures will be heard.  Sunday the 26th will showcase most of our flood-related geologic tours.  We have added one additional tour this year.  Karl Lillquist will be conducting our first tour of the western Quincy Basin. The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival website will be available soon to register for these tours. 

There will be one Ice Age Flood Institute tour on Saturday (March 25, 2017):

  • Ice Age Floods and the Channeled Scablands Tour:  Led by Brent Cunderla after his morning lecture, this trip will emphasize the geologyand catastrophic Ice AgeFlood features found near Othello and Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.  A visit to the Drumheller Channels (a National Park Service National Landmark managed by Columbia NWR), scabland topography andice-rafted boulders, or erratics, will be the highlights of the trip.  Brent has spent the last 25 years with the Bureau of Land Management in Wenatchee and has been actively exploring the late Pleistocene glacial geology, particularly theIce Age Floods features of North Central Washington.  There will be one stop for facilities and no lunch on this trip, so please plan accordingly.

There are six Ice Age Flood Institute tours on Sunday (March 25, 2017):

  • Western Quincy Basin Tour:  Karl Lillquist will lead an all-day bus tour of the western portion of the Quincy Basin.  Ice Age Floods entered the Quincy Basin from the northeast and east.  Some of this water drained from the basin through the Drumheller Channels to the south.  The remainder flowed west exiting the basin through Frenchman Coulee, Potholes Coulee, and Crater Coulee on the western edge of the Quincy Basin.  We will examine the landform and sediment evidence for the catastrophic flood origins and evolution of each of these western flood outlets on several short (less than 1.5 mile) hikes.  You will see giant basalt columns, dry falls, potholes, plunge pools, buttes, mesas, flood bars, and more.  In addition we will explore the overall physical and human geography of the area.
     
  • Upper Grand Coulee Tour:  Gene Kiver will take you on an all-day bus tour that will “fight” your way upstream from Othello through the Summer Falls floodway to the Upper Grand Coulee where you will examine some of the evidence and features produced by the Missoula Floods.  Floodwaters were hundreds to almost 1,000 feet deep along the tour route and produced the spectacular Grand Coulee canyon.  Features include abandoned waterfalls, the Coulee Monocline, Steamboat Rock, and ending up at Grand Coulee Dam.  You will return to Othello through both the Upper and Lower Grand Coulee.  Time permitting; we may make additional field stops.  Bring lunch , water, and snacks.
     
  • Lower Grand Coulee Geology Tour:  Join John Moody, President of the Lower Grand Coulee chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, civil and water resources engineer as you travel north and west on McManamon Road through the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge to the Drumheller Channels National Landmark overlook.  Walk out to the overlook for a presentation.  You will then travel west to view granite erratics alongside Frenchman Hills, and north to Neva Lake.  You will walk to Sundial and view Soap Lake (original plunge pool site) and the Lower Grand Coulee Monocline.  Then travel to Lake Lenore Caves and walk around and enjoy your lunch.  You will have the opportunity to view a few overlooks, Rim Rock Meadows, Sage Brush Flats Plateau and visit Monster Rock in the Ephrata Fan.  On your way back you will visit the Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway.
     
  • Hanford Reach Interpretive Center and Coyote Canyon:  The Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site is an on-going paleo-ecological excavation located southwest of Kennewick.  The 17,449 year-old mammoth bones are buried in Missoula Floods sediments.  The Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences (MCBONES) Research Center Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization registered with the state and federal governments and acts as an oversight and support entity for the project.  Gary Kleinknecht will take you to the dig and Dig House, a 40×40 feet pole building set up as classroom, laboratory and museum area, and the actual site.  Dress according to the weather and bring snacks and drink.  This trip will also take you to The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (REACH) in Richland.  If you have not visited the REACH, here is your chance to see an amazing building with exhibits on the region’s natural history and Hanford.
     
  • Ice Age Floods Geology of the Drumheller Channels Hike:  A 5-6 mile hike, led by geologist Bruce Bjornstad, of moderate difficulty will directly explore the evidence for the Ice Age floods within the Drumheller Channels, a dramatically eroded landscape carved out by repeated Ice Age floods as recently as 13,000 years ago.  Bring sturdy footwear, camera, and lunch; bus transportation provided.
     
  • Palouse Falls Tour:  Lloyd Stoess and Ken Lacy will be your hosts on a tour of the Glacial Lake Missoula floodwaters that flowed through the Cheney-Palouse flood route.  The catastrophic flooding amounted to as much as nine million cubic meters of water per second, creating the landscape we see today throughout the Columbia Basin.  View some of the most spectacular examples of flood-relatedgeologic activity found anywhere in the world.  Highlights of the tour include Collier Coulee, Staircase Rapids spillway, Palouse-Snake River Divide, Washtucna Coulee, Mid-Canyon Bar, Devil’s Canyon, and of course, the spectacular Palouse Falls.

Finally, for those of you who will be needing accommodations, be aware that Othello is only a 22 minute drive from six large motels located at the intersection of I-90 and Hwy. 17. The needed information about these motels will appear on the IAFI website soon.

Mar
25
9:00 am09:00

Garden Educator Workshop: Spring Seminar 1: Seattle

Garden Educator Workshop Spring Seminar 1: Learn

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (9:00AM - 4:00PM)

Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Good Shepherd Center, Room 107

Save $20 by registering for all three Spring Seminars! The dates are March 25, April 29 and May 20. To receive the discounted rate, purchase an individual ticket of $250 ($225 for members) – you will be automatically registered for all three seminars.

Immerse yourself in outdoor teaching techniques and schoolyard gardening! Learn how to grow an effective and robust schoolyard garden program.

Garden Educator Workshop: Spring Seminar 1: Learn

During the first seminar, participants develop a foundation of understanding about school learning gardens. We will build upon that knowledge and experience during the following two seminars.  

Participants will learn:
·         the basics of place-based education and the experiential learning model
·         basic organic gardening practices
·         how Next Generation Science Standards complement outdoor garden learning
·         effective outdoor classroom management techniques
·         basic garden design for new and existing spaces

Participants will join in hands-on activities outside in the garden, focused on soil, composting and early spring gardening practices. Projects will include soil preparation, testing soil temperature and planting cool season seeds and transplants. No experience necessary! Delve into lively discussions and classroom presentations.  Experience garden lessons from both a student and instructor perspective and leave feeling confident to teach in your outdoor space.  

Hands-on, outdoor garden education is part of every seminar. Come dressed for the weather and prepared to have fun and get a little dirty!

We highly encourage teams of two or more people from a school or garden project to attend this workshop to strengthen your garden program. Teachers receive clock hours in this fun and rewarding workshop. Don't forget to sign up for Spring Seminar 2: Grow and Spring Seminar 3: Eat!

Register by clicking on the link below, or you may register by paper and e-mail it to register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or mail to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.
 

Hosted By: Tilth Alliance

  • Phone: (206) 633-0451

For more information, go to: http://seattletilth.nonprofitsoapbox.com/-teacher-training-a-intensive-courses/event/708

Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert

March 31, Friday, doors open 6:30 pm
Sponsored by: IslandWood, Washington Women's Foundation, and STG
Location: The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA

Join us in Seattle at The Moore Theatre for An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert and explore the power of voice, discovery of self, and our connection to the natural world. Elizabeth Gilbert is often recognized by her bestselling titles Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love. We hope to see you there!

Apr
6
Apr 7

Sound Conversations: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner & Jonathan White
TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Location: Seattle Aquarium
Fees: $10 each advance/$8 Aquarium members. $15 day of event

Journey around the globe with writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. From shimmying under the ice in the Arctic to hunt for mussels, to investigating the growth of tidal power generation in Chile and Scotland, this story of adventure travel combined with provocative scientific inquiry leads us to the exploration of the force that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion, and how it affects us—often in surprising and unexpected ways.

For more information: http://www.seattleaquarium.org/upcoming-events

Apr
7
9:00 am09:00

Badger Mountain Geology Hike- Lake Lewis

Prosser- Sunnyside area
Join geologist George Last on a 3-mile, 1/2 day hike to the top of Badger Mountain, elevation gain of 800 ft.  Learn about Lake Lewis, the Ice Age floods, the Rattlesnake – Wallula lineament, and the basalt-lava flows.  The hike stats at the Dallas Road (Skyline) Trailhead and ends at the Canyon Trailhead where a bus will take guests back to Dallas Road.  This hike is organized by the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the Ice Age Flood Institute.  Bus transportation between trailheads is included.

For more information, and to register: Click Here

Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

Vancouver WA Water Resource Center: Second Saturday

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are not only fun, they're free! Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories.

April: Critter Count
Celebrate Earth Month and explore the important roles reptiles and amphibians (herps) play in nature’s ecosystems. Families are invited to view a variety of unusual snakes, lizards and other cold blooded animals during live critters shows at 1 and 2 p.m. Learn about fascinating creatures that slither, crawl and climb! If you have ever thought about keeping herps as pets, find out which ones are good for beginners. Discover simple things you can do in your yard to attract and protect frogs and other wildlife.

For more information, go to: Vancouver WA Water Resource Center

Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

Vancouver WA Water Resource Center: Wetlands

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are not only fun, they're free! Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories.

May: Wetlands
Did you know that the Water Center manages nearly 50 acres of wetlands? Explore this beautiful habitat while on a short walk to view wetlands wildlife. Then, head inside for kid-friendly crafts, games and science experiments showcasing how wetlands protect and support our community.

For more information, visit the: Vancouver Water Resource Center

 

Apr
8
5:00 pm17:00

Spokane Lands Council Annual April Showers Auction

Save the date for The Lands Council’s 22nd Annual April Showers Auction & Dinner on Saturday, April 8th at The Grand Hotel. Location: 333 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard

Please join us for a wonderful evening of great friends, a delicious dinner, fantastic live and silent auction items – and most importantly – supporting the restoration and revitalization of your Inland Northwest forests, water, and wildlife.

For more information, go to: https://landscouncil.org/event/22nd-annual-april-showers-auction-dinner/

Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Wenatchee Environmental Film & Lecture Series: The Buzz on Native Bees

Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 127 South Mission Street
Wenatchee, WA

Most people have no idea that there are at least 600 species of   native bees in Washington State. Some are yet to be discovered, and many (about 10 percent of species in Washington State)  do not have names. With meticulous care, Dr. Don Rolfs, a life-long   naturalist and retired dentist, is building a field guide. He hopes to inspire an appreciation for the rich diversity of native bees and their vital role in pollination. “If we care about flowers and food, we should care about native bees,” Rolfs says.

This event is being sponsored by Wenatchee River Institute.

For more information, visit: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Apr
22
9:00 am09:00

Tour: Exploring Eastern Washington’s Mammoth Steppe

Location: Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, w, 99201

Cost: $90 Members, $100 Non-Members

Tour Description: Join us as renowned University of Michigan Paleontologist Dr. Daniel Fisher, and local author and naturalist Jack Nisbet lead this half-day guided bus tour and journey through the flood-carved landscapes near the Palouse Hills along Pine and Hangman Creeks. Places of interest that will be viewed include the Donahoe and Coplen homesteads, where fossil mammoth discoveries in the 1870s caused a local sensation and helped to scientifically define the species known today as the Columbian mammoth. Tour participants will hike among the trees, shrubs, and wildflowers that supported this Ice Age fauna, and try to visualize what life was like for the great beasts. Program includes a boxed lunch.

About the Tour Guides: 

Daniel Fisher is on the faculty of the University of Michigan and is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Claude W. Hibbard Collegiate Professor of Paleontology, and the Curator and Director of the University’s Museum of Paleontology. Dr. Fisher is also guest curator for the Field Museum’s traveling exhibition, “Titans of the Ice Age: Mammoths and Mastodons,” now showing at the Northwest Museum of Arts + Culture. He was one of the international team of scientists to work with Lyuba, the best preserved baby mammoth ever found. His research on mammoth tusks has informed our understanding of mammoth life: for example, how well they ate, whether they grew well or poorly, and in which seasons this growth took place. Educationally, Dr. Fisher completed his undergraduate and graduate work in geological sciences at Harvard University, earning his Ph.D. in 1975. 

Jack Nisbet is a Spokane-based teacher, naturalist, and author whose scholarly interests focus on the intersection of human and natural history in the Pacific Northwest. He has written numerous books about the Northwest, including, “The Collector,” “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work,” “Visible Bones,” and “Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest.” He is a graduate of Stanford University. 

Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

Garden Educator Workshop Spring Seminar 2: Seattle

Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Good Shepherd Center, Room 107
Save $20 by registering for all three Spring Seminars! The dates are March 25, April 29 and May 20. To receive the discounted rate, purchase an individual ticket of $250 ($225 for members) on the first day and you will be automatically registered for all three seminars.


Immerse yourself in outdoor teaching techniques and schoolyard gardening! Learn how to grow an effective and robust schoolyard garden program.

Garden Educator Workshop: Spring Seminar 2: Grow

Seminar 2 delves into the core issues of creating a sustainable learning garden and connecting the garden to the classroom. Teachers, parents and volunteers will investigate the supporting infrastructure of a sustainable garden program, develop a year round garden and school calendar, garden program leadership, seasonal activities and lesson planning.   

Seminar participants will:
·         learn ways to connect the garden to the classroom
·         examine programming components such as volunteer management, fundraising, garden maintenance, community engagement, events and summertime garden care
·         explore the role for a successful garden coordinator(s) 
·         find synergies between the school year and growing calendar
·         learn how to develop a garden lesson on your own

While we’re outdoors, we’ll check on the seeds and transplants that were planted during Seminar 1. We will build a trellis, plant new spring crops, explore season extension techniques and other seasonal garden tasks that you can apply at your school garden. Gain experience creating and learning about practical lessons in a supportive and engaging environment that will inspire and empower you to share with your students. 

Hands-on, outdoor garden education is part of every seminar. Come dressed for the weather and prepared to have fun and get a little dirty!

We highly encourage teams of two or more people from a school or garden project to attend this workshop to strengthen your garden program. Teachers receive clock hours in this fun and rewarding workshop. Clock hours are included in the cost of the Workshop. 

Register by clicking on the link below, or you may register by paper and e-mail it to register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or mail to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.
 

Hosted By

Tilth Alliance

  • Phone: (206) 633-0451

For more information, go to: http://seattletilth.nonprofitsoapbox.com

May
4
6:30 pm18:30

MegaFires- Lands Council Spokane

901 W Sprague Ave, Spokane

Description

Co-hosted by Vaagen Brothers Lumber, Inc. and The Lands Council – May 4th at 6:30 pm at The Bing Crosby Theater.

Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, and the destruction caused by them is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimulate conversation about this important issue across all levels of society. Through education, we firmly believe we can change the way we receive fire and smoke.

The Wildfire Project is a 60-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg (Pacific Northwest Research Station and the University of Washington), who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes and features the work of wildfire photographer, John Marshall. Think TedX mixed with snappy documentary shorts and amazing photography. The videos are being created by award-winning documentary film company, North 40 Productions, of Wenatchee, WA.

Media is an effective way to educate and engage audiences with important topics that demand solutions. Coupling Paul Hessburg’s experience in this arena with North 40’s production technical savvy, this media will inform, engage and inspire audiences, as well as provide an effective educational tools for the many organizations who are working tirelessly to improve the wildfire situation.

For more information, go to: https://landscouncil.org/event/era-of-megafires/ 

May
17
7:00 pm19:00

Sound Conversations: The Making of Mystery Sharks, a KCTS 9 Wildlife Detectives Documentary

Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner & Michael Werner, The Making of Mystery Sharks, a KCTS 9 Wildlife Detectives Documentary

Location: Seattle Aquarium
Fees: $10 each advance/$8 Aquarium members. $15 day of event

Explore the science and lore of one of the ocean's largest and most mysterious predators, the sixgill shark. Usually it swims the world’s ocean at abysmal depths, but here in Puget Sound divers can interact with it in relatively shallow water. Michael Werner, five-time Emmy-award-winning filmmaker and journalist, and researchers from the Seattle Aquarium will take you beneath the surface to discover this seldom-seen giant, to learn its story and to understand the challenges facing the massive sharks…and what it means for our region.

For more information, go to: Seattle Aquarium Events

May
20
9:00 am09:00

Garden Educator Workshop Spring Seminar 3: Seattle

Garden Educator Workshop Spring Seminar 3: Eat

Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Good Shepherd Center, Room 107

Save $20 by registering for all three Spring Seminars! The dates are March 25, April 29 and May 20. To receive the discounted rate, purchase an individual ticket of $250 ($225 for members) on the first day – you will be automatically registered for all three seminars.

Immerse yourself in outdoor teaching techniques and schoolyard gardening! Learn how to grow an effective and robust schoolyard garden program.

Garden Educator Workshop: Spring Seminar 3: Eat
Seminar 3 wraps up the series to help teachers, parents and garden volunteers prepare to manage their gardens during the summer at the height of the growing season – an important part of year-round garden planning, especially for schools. Explore diverse ways of learning and taste the fruits of your labor!

Seminar participants will:

·         explore multiple models for summer garden management
·         learn what to plant and how to sustain production for the beginning of the next school year
·         harvest and prepare a simple garden meal to share with one another
·         practice how to lead basic cooking activities with students
·         experience hands-on lessons about insects and the garden ecosystem
·         discuss Integrated Pest Management practices
·         learn ways to measure what and how much students are learning in the garden

In the garden, we will tend and harvest plants that were started in Seminars 1 and 2, learn different harvesting techniques and explore watering methods. This session is a great way to wrap up the three-part series and incorporate what you've learned into a vision of success for your garden and students.

Hands-on, outdoor garden education is part of every seminar. Come dressed for the weather and prepared to have fun and get a little dirty!


We highly encourage teams of two or more people from a school or garden project to attend this workshop to strengthen your garden program. Teachers receive clock hours in this fun and rewarding workshop. Clock hours are included in the cost of the Workshop.

Register by clicking on the link below, or you may register by paper and e-mail it to register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or mail to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.
 

Hosted By: Tilth Alliance

  • Phone: (206) 633-0451
Jun
3
9:30 am09:30

Woodland Park Zoo- FREE- Educator Appreciation Day

Come explore the zoo for a day - on us!

On Saturday, June 3rd we invite preK-20 formal and informal educators to visit the zoo for free and receive half-priced admission for one adult guest!  

Please check in at the South Entrance between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for your ticket into the zoo.  You are welcome to stay until closing time but check-in will end at 3:00 p.m.  Please bring something to verify your employment as an educator.

We would love for you to use this day to both enjoy the zoo and explore opportunities to include the zoo in your curriculum.

There will be a variety of events including Bear Affair: Living Northwest Conservation Day, along with all of our summer programming (starts May 1st).

Please contact the registrar with any questions (schools@zoo.org or 206.548.2424).

For more information: Visit Woodland Park Zoo for Educators

Jun
10
1:00 pm13:00

Vancouver WA National Get Outdoors Day

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are not only fun, they're free! Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories.

June: National Get Outdoors Day
The Water Center’s regular June Second Saturday will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities to help get you and your family outdoors! Attend National Get Outdoors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1500 East 5th Street, Vancouver, Washington.

For more information, visit: Vancouver Water Resource Center


Feb
16
9:00 am09:00

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Where: Spokane, WA

The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) is a regionally focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research. Participants will explore ways to advance campus sustainability through the sharing of best practices, presentations on creative solutions to common challenges, and the development of regional collaborative networks. Through these facilitated conversations, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities conference goers will help advance environmental performance at Washington State institutions of higher education, support regional policy goals, and drive the development of a generation of professionals who strive to live and work sustainably. Attendees will form a more united coalition to support key statewide sustainability approaches, goals and policy initiatives.

Our Theme
The theme for the 2017 conference is "Caring for our Common Home", an echo of the call from Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical letter, "Laudato Si". Just as Pope Francis called "every living person on the planet" to be mindful of consumption and assert an ethic of care for our planet, WAHESC also invites students, faculty, and staff at institutions from across the region to gather around this theme. As we are working together to advance sustainability at our institutions, we look forward to unpacking how we define and practice "care" and what is our responsibility to the earth, our common home.

For more information, go to: http://wahescconference.org/

Feb
15
7:30 pm19:30

Florence Williams, Your Brain on Nature

Downstairs at Seattle Town Hall, Doors open at 6:30PM.

For centuries, creative thinkers have extolled the benefits of time spent in nature: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees. Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath. Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, journalist Florence Williams has set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Combining cutting-edge research with anecdotal evidence from around the world, The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. Williams’ findings show that time outdoors is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these findings seem more important than ever.

For more information, go to: https://townhallseattle.org/event/florence-williams/

Feb
4
9:00 am09:00

Kirkland Repair Cafe

Bring your small household items including clothing and we’ll try to repair them or help you fix them! We want to keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources and save you money. Free to the public!

You must be present during the repair. Our experienced all-purpose fixers and sewing fixers will try to repair or mend your items, and can also sometimes help you learn how to fix them next time. There are no guarantees an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more. Please only bring items small enough to be easily carried in by one person. Do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, contain gasoline, or have a strong odor.

To sign up to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Tom Watson at 206-477-4481 or at Tom.Watson@kingcounty.gov

Event will be held at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), Design, Innovation, Research and Technology (DIRT) lab
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

Jan
31
Feb 13

Through Young Eyes Photo Competition

PHOTO CONTEST ALERT! World Wildlife Day will take place on March 3rd this year, and a photo contest has been announced by CITES with a focus on listening to young voices for youth ages 10 to 24. The competition is supported by us at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Registration Deadline:

Monday, February 13, 2017, 12:00pm

For more information, go to: https://training.fws.gov/

Jan
28
9:00 am09:00

Ocean Career Day for Middle-High School & College Students

The Seattle Aquarium Ocean Career Day is an opportunity for middle, high school and college students to learn about educational, volunteer, internship and career opportunities at a variety of colleges, nonprofits and government institutions. Parents, guardians and teachers are also welcome to attend.

Join us for formal presentations from marine science professionals and a panel presentation from representatives of colleges and universities—plus, speak with representatives from a variety of ocean-related organizations.

This event is free to Seattle Aquarium members.

For more information, go to Seattle Aquarium Events.

Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

Seattle: Our Waters, Our Home- Raingardens

Evening with Zsofia Pasztor, co-author of Raingardens for the Pacific Northwest. Ross Scanian, author of Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild.

Cohosted by Folio, Mountaineers Books and Stewardship Partners

Directions: Seattle Athenaeum, 314 Marion St, Seattle WA 98104

Jan
26
3:00 pm15:00

Auburn Repair Cafe

Bring your small household items including clothing and we’ll try to repair them or help you fix them! We want to keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources and save you money. Free to the public! You must be present during the repair.

Our experienced all-purpose fixers and sewing fixers will try to repair or mend your items, and can also sometimes help you learn how to fix them next time. There are no guarantees an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more. Please only bring items small enough to be easily carried in by one person. Do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, contain gasoline, or have a strong odor. To sign up to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Tom Watson at 206-477-4481 or at

Event will be held at the Auburn Library
1102 Auburn Way South
Auburn, WA 98002

Jan
25
7:00 pm19:00

Zentner Downtown Geology Lectures

New Zentner Downtown Geology lectures! Everyone invited. Free.

Giant Lavas of the Pacific Northwest

Hal Holmes Center @ Ellensburg Public Library
209 N Ruby St
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Jan
21
1:00 pm13:00

Adults: Community Energy Challenge in Mount Vernon

Did you know there is an amazing local resource that makes it easy to create a more comfortable, durable, and energy efficient home? Experts from the Community Energy Challenge (CEC), a local energy efficiency program, will be speaking about how to make smart decisions for your home that will save you money and keep you comfy. You’ll come away understanding energy audits, how to identify cost effective projects that give the largest impact, the benefits of energy efficiency improvements, exclusive incentives, and how the CEC can help you navigate your project. The talk will also focus onrenewable energy and net zero homes. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so come with your home energy efficiency questions!

Registration Required

 

Jan
18
6:00 pm18:00

Woodland Park Zoo- Advanced Inquiry Program Master's Degree

AIP Informational Forum 

Want to know more about Woodland Park Zoo’s Master’s Program for Educators?  Attend one of their informational sessions about the Advanced Inquiry Program! Join other classroom and informal educators from around Puget Sound to learn more about this Master’s degree opportunity.

Wednesday, January 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo's Education Center

These informational sessions include snacks and a live animal presentation!

For more information or to RSVP, please email aip@zoo.org or call 206.548.2581. 

Jan
17
7:00 pm19:00

Environmental Film & Lecture Series: A River Between Us

A River Between Us documents the largest river restoration project in American history. Nearly 300 miles in length, flowing from southern Oregon to northern California, the vast communities of the Klamath River have been feuding over its water for generations, and as a result, bad blood has polluted their river and their relationships equally. Balancing the sheer beauty of the river’s surface with its underlying ills of injustice and inequality, the film focuses on the personal stories of a group of individuals who finally chose to put the past behind them and came together to create a historic water rights compromise for the good of all. Sponsored by: Trout Unlimited

A $5 donation at the door is suggested. The film starts at 7 pm at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center (127 S Mission Street, Wenatchee). 

Location:  Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center

Jan
15
10:00 am10:00

Forest Mindfulness in Tacoma Parks

Learn to slow down and experience the forest in a new way. Led by Certified Forest Therapist Julie Hepp, this program is designed to take participants slowly and intentionally through nature. The Guide gives a series of place-based invitations to connect to your senses, to yourself, and to others.

Through the place-based invitations, the participants interact in 20-30 minute increments of reflective and imaginative interaction in order to gain a deeper appreciation of the many living and non-living things in Point Defiance through moving slowly, and mindfully through the trails.

Participants should dress for the weather, and bring snacks and water for this 3-hr outdoor program. Ages 10+

Location: Meet at Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter parking lot.
Time: 10 am-1 pm
Fee: $30 per person

Register Here Now!

Jan
14
12:30 pm12:30

The Elwha Undammed: What’s a River For? Port Angeles

Jeff Gersh, Filmmaker, Narrative Labs
The park will premiere a movie on the Elwha River Restoration story—the largest dam removal in U.S. history. The movie chronicles the voices of the many partners that contributed to this historic restoration project and is a saga of competing ideas about the purpose and meaning of a river.

Location:
Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Fee Information: Free

Contact Name: Dean Butterworth
Contact Phone Number: 360-565-3146

For more information, visit Olympic National Park

Dec
2
6:00 pm18:00

2016 Juried Artist Series: Landscapes

  • Allied Art Gallery

Opening Reception: December 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday 10a.m. to 5p.m., Saturday noon to 5p.m.

Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2016 Juried Artist Series continues with Landscapes, this show features beautiful landscapes and the objects within them. Landscapes features art by Joanne Plucy, Lori Hill, and Ginny Baker. The opening reception will be held on December 2nd at Allied Art Gallery.

This show will run from December 2 – 24. The Allied Arts Gallery’s goal is to provide a professional space for local established and emerging artists to show and sell their work and sustain the arts in our community. For more information visit www.alliedarts.org or contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or katy@alliedarts.org.

Aquaculture: Healthy Oysters
Nov
15
6:00 pm18:00

Aquaculture: Healthy Oysters

  • Grays Harbor College: Schermer Building, Room 4134

Featuring:

Kyle Deerkop – Coast Seafoods
Scott Berbells – Washington State Department of Health
Jerry Borchert – Washington State Department of Health
Teri King – Washington Sea Grant

Topics to Include:

  • Seed to Plate: What it Takes To Grow an Oyster.

  • Healthy Oysters: Monitoring Programs to Keep us Safe.

  • Industry Benefits & ChallengesEconomic Contributions to the Community and Emerging Threats.

Please Join us! Doors open at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments served.

Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

Woodland Park Zoo: Toxic State, Building a Healthy Future for WA Wildlife

  • Naked City Brewery

River otters, honey bees and other pollinators, and birds of prey are very distinctive animals with one serious challenge in common: all are trying to survive in a poisoned habitat.

Are humans the problem or the solution? Join a conversation with wildlife experts to find out.

Panelists include:

  • Erin Sullivan, Collection Manager and Entomologist, Woodland Park Zoo

  • Michelle Wainstein, Field Conservation Associate, Woodland Park Zoo

  • Leland Brown, Non-lead Hunting Education Coordinator, Oregon Zoo

  • Moderated by Fred Koontz, Vice President of Field Conservation, Woodland Park Zoo

Nov
11
7:00 pm19:00

Planetarium: Dark Sites make Great Night Skies

  • Washington State University

Join us under the starry dome for a guided tour of the sky. This program investigates light pollution: How our eyes see stars. How city lights erase the visible wonders of the sky. How the Little Dipper can be used to measure light pollution. Tickets: $5 at the door (cash or check; no credit cards). Children 6 and under free. Planetarium location: 231 Sloan Hall, WSU campus Info: physics.wsu.edu/planetarium/

Nov
10
5:00 pm17:00

Skagit Conservation Social- RSVP Required

  • Museum of Northwest Art

4th Annual Conservation Social
This annual social event inspires us to participate in local land conservation by cultivating connections to the land via conservation-minded speakers from the arts community. This is a free event with a Call for Conservation donation request during the evening.

Ana Maria Spagna lives and writes in Stehekin, a remote North Cascades community. She’s the author of five books including, most recently, Reclaimers. Her work appears regularly in journals and magazines such as Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Ecotone, Brevity, and High Country News.

Peregrine O’Gormely, a La Conner-based sculptor and carver, gained a deep appreciation for Northwest art during early travels to Alaska and Canada and was enthralled with the breathtaking landscape, its wildlife, and origin myths. Peregrine sculpts nearly all of his original work from local wood. Juniper, Western Red Cedar, Maple and Yew are his local favorites.

 Event schedule:

5:00 - 6:00pm - social hour
6:00 - 7:15pm - guest speakers and Skagit Land Trust presentation
7:15pm - Call for Conservation
Reservations Required: Please click here to submit an RSVP, or call 360.428.7878

Event sponsorships: Generous sponsorships ensure this event remains free and that 100% of all contributions made during the evening will go directly towards conserving Skagit’s natural lands today and into the future. For more information about sponsoring this event, view the 2016 Conservation Social Sponsorship Form or email debbiee@skagitlandtrust.org.

Landscape Solutions for South County Yards
Nov
6
2:00 pm14:00

Landscape Solutions for South County Yards

  • Maytown Assembly of God Church

During the first workshop (Part 1): Plant and wildlife experts will show you:

 

  • how to make the most of your available space,
  • create a custom planting plan for your yard's conditions,
  • select plants for year-round beauty,
  • reduce maintenance time and costs,
  • use less water, and
  • attract birds & butterflies unique to South Thurston County.

During the second workshop (Part 2): (OPTIONAL)

Local landscape experts will be on hand to review the custom planting plan you create after Part 1 and help your dreams move to reality.

For more information, go to: Stream Team

 

E3 Summer Evening Awards Gala
Oct
4
Oct 6

E3 Summer Evening Awards Gala

A Summer Celebration of Environmental and Sustainability Education!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
The McKinstry Innovation Center, Seattle WA
$30 per person

Come honor the phenomenal educators, students, & organizations who are recipients of the 2014:

If you have any questions or want to sponsor this event, please contact the E3 Office at e3info@e3washington.org or 360-943-6643 for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

E3 & EPA Awards Gathering
Sep
29
7:30 pm19:30

E3 & EPA Awards Gathering

E3 & EPA Awards Gathering

This fall, we will be holding the E3 and EPA Awards Gathering at our office site in the McKinstry Innovation Center in south Seattle. The E3 and EPA Awards Gathering celebrates the people and programs that are leading the way in environmental, sustainability, and systems learning, throughout Washington state. 

These awards celebrate the professionally, culturally, and regionally diverse teachers, informal educators, students, schools, school districts, higher education faculty, businesses, tribes, and community-based organizations that are leading their fields and communities in outstanding environmental, sustainability, and systems education.