Oct
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Seattle Sustainable: Artistic Reflections on Climate Change & Place

Sustainable Cities Roundtable

Location: Community Hall at the Wing Luke Museum. 719 S King Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Lunch & Learn: As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.

For the people of the Solomon Islands to villages on Alaska's western coast to the Isle de Jean Charles off the coast of Louisiana, whose homes are being swallowed by the sea, climate change is not an abstract, far-off concept. The connection that people feel to place - the place where they make their home, where they are from, where they trace their ancestry - is one common to all humans, and the pain of seeing one's home and place of origin made unrecognizable, or disappear altogether, cuts across all manner of boundaries.

Join us for a conversation about the human side of climate change and the strategies that the art community is using to communicate about this difficult topic. This Roundtable will take a journey with local writers and artists to explore how their work has been influenced by climate migration. Speakers will share how they are using various artistic media to communicate about the impacts of climate change on the land and the people linked to that land. This event will also feature an optional tour of the Wing Luke Museum's exhibit "We Are the Ocean: An Indigenous Response to Climate Change" after the Roundtable.

Speakers:

- Kelly Rodriguez, Executive Director and Editor of ARCADE

- Roldy Ablao, Artist and Exhibit Specialist, Wing Luke Museum

- Aaron Huey, Founder and Executive Director of Amplifier Design La

Directions:

By Bike: Find your most convenient route here.

By Bus: Routes 7, 14, 36, and 99 Waterfront Streetcar Line, and y bus that stops t the Chinatown-International District Bus Tunnel Station, as well as Link Light Rail. See Metro's Trip Planner to map out your transit options.

By Car:

-Coming from North of I-5: Take exit 165A toward James St. Once you get off the highway, merge right onto 6th Ave. and follow the road. You will enter the heart of the district after passing Jackson Street.

-Coming from South of I-5: Take exit 164A toward James ST./ Madison St. / Dearborn St. Follow signs for Dearborn St. and then turn left at S. Dearborn St. Turn right at 6th Avenue S. and you will enter the heart of the district.

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Oct
20
to Oct 22

WSTA Annual Conference Pasco October 2017

Washington Science Teachers Association Fall 2017 Annual Meeting

3-D Learning in the Tri-Cities!

Location: Chiawana High School, Pasco WA

Themes and strands:

- All Standards, All Students (Equity in the NGSS)

- STEM Certification for All Teachers

- Progressing through the Standards

- NGSS in the Elementary Grades

- Integrating Energy, Engineering and Science

- History and Future--Engineering in Washington

Keynote Speakers

Chris Reykdal, WA Superintendent, Science Education in Washington State

Dr. Phillip Bell,  UW Professor, Equitable 3D science learning for all students

Mr. Michael DiSpezio, Brain Sense: Learning About the Brain Through Puzzles, Illusions and Hands-on Activities

Make a Proposal,  Register,  Present as an Exhibitor, follow the links:

Call for proposals 

In the proposal web forms you will have the opportunity to give the title, specific description, the themes and strands you will address, the length of time and day and time preferred, special needs, target audience, and specific NGSS standards you may address.

For more information, go to: Washington Science Teachers Association

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Oct
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

Bellevue Parks Nature Movie Night: "Secret World of Bats

Location:  Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Avenue SE

Bats are often feared and misunderstood.  However, without these amazing mammals, our ecological systems would be significantly altered, and life as we know it would drastically change.  This film captures all aspects of bat behavior across five continents with remarkable slow motion photography.  Wear your bat costumes!  

  • Ages:  All ages welcome. 
  • Cost: Free!  
  • Pre-registration:  Please RSVP. 
  • Info and to RSVP:  MSEEC@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-2565.
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Nov
8
12:00pm12:00pm

Sustainable Seattle: Community-driven Climate Resilience

Sustainable Cities Roundtable

Join us at the Mountaineers Club for a special two-hour Roundtable with Island Press author Rebecca Wodder and New Orleans' Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development's Arthur Johnson for a conversation about how to build community resilience to climate-driven water challenges- and build natural and social capital in the process.

This RoundTable is co-presented by Green Infrastructure Partnership, a group of non-profits, government agencies, organizations and businesses dedicated to providing green solutions to stormwater pollution.

Click here to learn more about GRIP.

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Nov
14
to Nov 18

2017 National Association of Interpretation Conference, Spokane

About the Conference

Immersed in rich cultural history and surrounding natural beauty, Spokane has long been a place where people gather to exchange goods and ideas. As Washington state’s second-largest destination (next to Seattle), the Spokane Valley is a hub for commerce, the environment and tourism. In its past and present, it is the largest trading hub for gathering tribes and businesses that include three states (Washington, Idaho, and Montana) and two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Alberta).
 
With a vibrant waterfall and river running through this urban metropolis, one can easily forget that they’re in the midst of a big city.  Spokane offers the best of nature and heritage, proving to be an ideal location for this year’s national conference.
 
The word “Spokane” comes from the local native community, meaning “Children of the Sun.”  Join us in illuminating interpretation to our communities, ourselves, and future generations to come.
 

Book your lodging today!

Reserve a room at the Davenport Grand Hotel by October 20, 2017, and receive a $50 discount on registration!

Key Note Speaker

History, Honor, Healing, Hope

Clarence Moriwaki
President, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community
Friday, 8:30am

Clarence Moriwakiwill speak on the impact of fear, war hysteria, prejudice, and the failure of political leadership during the Japanese American exclusion during World War II. He is the founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial in Washington State. It is the site of the very first Japanese Americans who were taken from their communities and put into concentration camps during World War II in the United States.

For more information: National Association of Interpretation

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Nov
14
10:00am10:00am

eeWORKS: Demonstrating the Power of Environmental Education

Please join us for the November installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series (Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the field of EE). On Tuesday, November 14 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST, we will be joined by NAAEE's very own Executive Director, Judy Braus, as well as two esteemed environmental education researchers: Dr. Nicole Ardoin (Stanford University) and Alison Bowers (Virginia Tech & Stanford University). This dynamite team will be discussing our eeWORKS project, which is a research-to-practice initiative designed to demonstrate the impact of environmental education for achieving key outcomes. We will discuss our progress to date and how you can use the results to promote your work and the field of EE as a whole.

To date, we have completed research reviews and are designing communications around the impact of EE on: K-12 student achievement, conservation, and climate change education. Other reviews in the works include: nature connection in early childhood, civic engagement, positive youth development, and citizen science.

You can learn more about eeWORKS and completed work to date here: https://naaee.org/our-work/programs/eeworks We hope you'll join us to learn more!

Register for the webinar now and we will send you the recording if you are not able to make it! 

 

For more information, go to: NAAEE EEPro

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Dec
7
12:00pm12:00pm

Sustainable Seattle: Urban Resilience

Sustainable Cities Roundtable

Location: Community Hall at the Wing Luke Museum. 719 S King Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Lunch & Learn: As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.

Join us for a discussion of strategies for strengthening resilience in both urban and rural communities, how these approaches differ, and how they complement each other to make our region stronger.

Directions:

By Bike: Find your most convenient route here.

By Bus: Routes 7, 14, 36, and 99 Waterfront Streetcar Line, and y bus that stops t the Chinatown-International District Bus Tunnel Station, as well as Link Light Rail. See Metro's Trip Planner to map out your transit options.

By Car:

-Coming from North of I-5: Take exit 165A toward James St. Once you get off the highway, merge right onto 6th Ave. and follow the road. You will enter the heart of the district after passing Jackson Street.

-Coming from South of I-5: Take exit 164A toward James ST./ Madison St. / Dearborn St. Follow signs for Dearborn St. and then turn left at S. Dearborn St. Turn right at 6th Avenue S. and you will enter the heart of the district.

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Jan
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Sustainable Seattle: Energy Democracy

Sustainable Cities Roundtable

Location: Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Join us at Seattle Central Library for a discussion with Island Press author and President and CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative Denise Fairchild about her new book, Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions.

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

Celebrating the natural world and the spring shorebird migration

Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed along the Washington Coast and in the Grays Harbor estuary during their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world's greatest migrants. Some birds travel over 15,000 miles round trip! The concentration of birds during spring migration offers people a great chance to view a number of shorebird species. With luck you will also see the birds fly together in beautiful formations while trying to escape a Peregrine Falcon.

Shorebird is the name given to the group of birds that are usually found along the shoreline. They include plovers, turnstones, sandpipers, dowitchers, and others. Some shorebirds can be found in Grays Harbor County all year; others only during their migration. A good way to start learning the common shorebirds is to attend the Festival's shorebird identification class and field trip.

The shorebird spectacle happens every year at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and in other parts of the County. People from around the world come to view this event of hemispheric importance. The Festival works to bring people together for this incredible natural phenomenon.

For more information, go to Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

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Oct
7
11:30am11:30am

Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions

This year's Seattle Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions is sponsored by Emerald City Pet Rescue to raise global awareness of these endangered species: elephants, rhinos and lions. Pre-march/rally: 11am at Seattle Center Broad Street Green; March begins at 11:30 am (down 5th Ave. to Westlake Park), where keynote speakers will speak to the crowd from 12:30 - 1:30. Chaotic Noise Marching Corps. will lead the march down to Westlake Park.

For more information, go to: www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org

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Sep
30
8:00am 8:00am

National Public Lands Day

Celebrate Something We All Share: Our Public Lands
From our neighborhood parks or beaches to our nation’s awe-inspiring national parks, public lands of all sizes and varieties are the places where we live, learn, play, exercise, and relax. In fact, over 30% of America’s land is public land.

 

Now it’s your turn to give back!

NEEF National Public Lands Day (NPLD), sponsored by Toyota Motor North America, is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Through NPLD, NEEF works to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health.

Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your community by pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash, and more. Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places for all to enjoy!

To encourage people to join in and visit their public lands, NPLD is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks. Whether you volunteer on NPLD, enjoy some boating, hiking, fishing, or camping, or simply learn more about your public lands and the plants and wildlife that live there, we invite you to take this day to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate the lands that give us so much.

Follow NEEF on Twitter (link is external)  (link is external)and Facebook (link is external) for the latest updates and engage with the community through the hashtag #NPLD.

Learn more about how outdoor activity impacts our health, and how our public lands and wildlife are impacted by a changing climate.

Register your event!

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Sep
29
10:00am10:00am

Dungeness River Festival

Activities, Food & Fun for all Ages!

The Dungeness River Festival, celebrates the gifts the River provides and inspires stewardship of this crucial resource. Events and activities will be held in Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road in Sequim. Admission is free. Students and adults will enjoy more than 20 hands-on nature activities and exhibits including fish printing, and animal pelts to touch, in addition to expert-guided walks, presentations, and more.

The Olympic Driftwood Sculptors’ show, featuring 70-80 sculptures, is Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the River Center.

Call 360-681-4076 for more details.

Be sure to check back for information about the 2017 Festival, coming this summer!

Find out more at: Dungeness River Center

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Sep
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

FREE FILM: “THE STORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE (AND SOLUTIONS)

Location: Mount Baker Community Center, 2811 Mt. Rainier Dr. So.
Seattle, WA 98144

MT. BAKER MEANINGFUL MOVIES  presents an evening of information and action! We will be showing two short films, The Story of Climate Change and Solutions to Climate Change (released in April 2017), and a speaker from the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.

The films feature Bill McKibben from http://350.org, Jim Hansen (considered the world’s foremost climate scientist, formerly at NASA),  Katharine Hayhoe (Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech. University,  Mustapha Ali (former Chief Environmental Justice Official at EPA),  Maggie Gyllenhaal (actor and activist),  and others who provide updates on the science and today’s solutions to climate change.

After the films, a speaker from the  Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy will be talking about putting an initiative on the ballot in November 2018, that will put a price on carbon pollution in Washington State, invest in clean energy solutions, and that will invest in the communities hardest hit by climate change.

Extreme weather events across our country and the world urge us to take climate action now.

The Alliance is a broad, statewide coalition of tribal organizations; other communities of color; labor; environmental, business, faith, health, education, parents organizations; and individuals working together make a difference for ourselves and future generations… and have fun doing it!  This project and will take all of us collecting petition signatures and campaigning to win!

Come to listen, ask questions and discuss how we can all contribute to this fair and equitable climate action.

LET’S DO THIS! PUT A PRICE ON CARBON IN WASHINGTON, DECREASE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, GROW OUR ECONOMY WITH JUSTICE, CREATE GOOD JOBS, AND IMPROVE HEALTH!

Special Guests: Ahmed Gaya – Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy Field Director

Co-Sponsors: Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, Mt Baker Community Club, South Seattle Climate Action Network, Sierra Club and others.

DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM.  Come early for SNACKS AND CONVERSATION.  Event and Snacks are FREE.  Donations always gratefully accepted.  See you at the movies!

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Sep
23
9:30pm 9:30pm

Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale and Speakers

Location: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street
Cost:
  Free admission and parking. Costs vary for plants for sale. 

Shop cool plants from unique, local nurseries, and attend sessions with celebrity garden speakers.  Master Gardeners can earn Continuing Education credits for these sessions.  Event includes a Master Gardener Clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

For more Info:  http://www.mgfkc.org/events/fall-sale-speakers

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Sep
23
10:00am10:00am

21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living- Free Community Event

Where: 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, 13701 NE 171st St Woodinville, WA 98072

 

Description:

Squash Your Carbon Footprint……and Celebrate Fall!

Woodinville and its surrounding commuter communities are responsible for some of the highest carbon footprints in Washington State. Explore easy ways you can SQUASH your carbon emissions and celebrate our summer farm harvest at the 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living’s fall celebration, GET SQUASHED!

Enjoy a day of fun activities for the whole family on the 21 Acres campus: Eating local, seasonal food isn’t just great for your health and for farmers – it is the easiest way to SQUASH your carbon footprint!

·         Satisfy your lunch cravings with delicious lunch options prepared by the 21 Acres kitchen with most ingredients sourced within Washington State! Try new varieties of squash and other local-grown autumn delights in our Farm Market.

·         Discover easy recipes to try at home with our Culinary Ed department.

·         Learn where our food comes from and meet our friends on the Farm.

SQUASH the idea that being environmentally conscious is too hard or boring!

Enjoy tunes by area musicians while you shop our Local Made Artists Market and visit community partners who will share easy ways you can SQUASH your carbon footprint. Free activities and giveaways all day.

All ages welcome, so bring the whole family!

Price: Free!

Contact Info: For more information call 425-481-1500, e-mail generalinfo@21acres.org or RobynL@21acres.org.

Website: http://21acres.org/event/free-community-event-get-squashed/

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Sep
16
to Sep 17

Jefferson County Farm Tour

Every year the Jefferson County Farm Tour draws thousands of visitors eager to experience a working farm and connect with local farmers. WSU will print a short list and map of farms for the day-of events that will go out in the Leader on the week of Farm Tour, but will also have an online map. We are excited for you to participate! 

Farm Tour Central is the Chimacum Corner Farmstand (9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum WA 98325).

For more information, go to WSU Jefferson County Farm Tour

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Sep
16
7:00am 7:00am

8th Annual Lake Sylvia Fall Festival

Location: Lake Sylvia, Montesano WA

Activities
Camp Pancake Breakfast
Trail Races
Music in the Park
Kids Games and Races
Artists’ Market
Food Vendors
History of Lake Sylvia
Boy Scout Cooking Demonstrations
Kids Nature Art

It promises to be a fun day for the whole family!

Shuttle service will be available at Simpson Elementary School. 
For those wishing to park at the lake, you must have a Discover Pass (passes are available at the park).

For more information or questions-
FOSLS.org 
Stet Palmer – 360.789.9953
Miles Wenzel, Park Ranger- 360.249.3621

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Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Pacific Shellfish Institute - OLY SCIENCE AND BREWS!

Representatives from the Pacific Shellfish Institute will kick things off on September 12 with their presentation entitled:  “From Compost to Cucumbers.” 

Registration required: Contact Carmen Kardokus( ckardokus@osd.wednet.edu)

Pacific Shellfish Institute is an Olympia based non-profit organization with a mission to foster sustainable shellfish resources and a healthy marine environment through research and education.  Join shellfish biologists Andy Suhrbier and Aimee Christy as they share their research addressing ways to reduce, reuse and recycle excess nutrients in Puget Sound including nutrient bioextraction using blue mussels, alternative dog waste disposal practices, and sea cucumber polyculture.  You may walk away with a give-away item that you won’t find anywhere else – guaranteed!

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Sep
11
4:30pm 4:30pm

Climate Change Education: What Works?- Webinar

Organization:  NOAA

Registration Require

In September NOAA Climate Stewards is proud to welcome Dr. Martha Monroe, Professor of Environmental Education at the University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation as our featured speaker. 

A variety of resources are available to help educators design climate change units and lessons for their students. Which strategies are most effective will depend more on the goal of the lessons than the ability of the students. Our recent systematic literature review identified 49 research papers that reported effective strategies for teaching about climate change. The resulting themes suggest that elementary through university students can increase climate science knowledge with relevant, meaningful, and experiential exercises - but most science teachers know that. Climate change is challenging because of the controversial and value-laden issues and misperceptions that swirl around it. Some of the research papers used community projects and deliberative discussions to help students deeply understand the issues and build skills for working toward solutions. This presentation will briefly explain the review process and focus on the key themes that might help educators emphasize valuable and effective strategies in their climate change programs.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register online

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Sep
9
8:00am 8:00am

Neah Bay Pelagic Birding Trip

Aboard the M/V Windsong, we will venture out into open ocean, first north into the Strait, then NW into Swiftsure Bank, then turn S towards Juan de Fuca Canyon, with a final leg back towards Neah Bay around Tatoosh Island. Shearwaters, storm-petrels, auklets, jaegers, gulls, and – just possibly – we’ll finally get into those elusive albatrosses! Mammals: Humpback Whale, Steller and California Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, and Sea Otter are all possible.

Where: Meet at Neah Bay Boat Dock, M/V Windsong

Cost: $160 per person

You must RSVP for this trip Contact Denny to register

Denny Van Horn, dennyvanhorn@gmail.com / 360 406-1584; or

Bob Boekelheide, bboek@olympus.net / 360 808-0196

For more information, go to: Dungeness River Center

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Sep
8
to Sep 10

Wooden Boat Festival- Port Townsend

This festival is the most education-packed and inspiring wooden boat event in the world. Featuring more than 300 wooden vessels, dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations, a who’s who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts, there’s something to do, someone to meet, or a boat to board at every turn.

For more information, go to: www.woodenboat.org

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Sep
6
12:00pm12:00pm

Biodiversity Around the World: NAAEE Webinar

Please join us for the August installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series (Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the field of EE). On Wednesday, September 6 from 3-4 pm EST, we will hear from Dr. Eric Dinerstein, Director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE.

Register for the webinar now and we will send you the recording if you are not able to make it! 

Submit Your Questions in Advance 

If you have any questions that you hope Dr. Dinerstein will address, please submit your questions in advance.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS. (link is external)

RESOLVE is an independent nonprofit organization building strong, enduring solutions to environmental, social, and health challenges and helping community, business, government, and NGO leaders get results and create lasting relationships through collaboration. The Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions (BWS) program targets two of the greatest conservation crises of our time: the approaching extinction of endangered wildlife and the destruction of tropical forests where most of the world’s species resides. BWS combines creative, field-oriented approaches to conservation with the identification, adaptation, and application of innovative science and technology to dramatically improve how we monitor and protect endangered wildlife and their habitats.

Dr. Eric Dinerstein is Director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE. His areas of specialty include tropical mammals, large mammal biology, biogeography, bats, rhinos, seed dispersal, and community ecology. For much of the past 25 years he was Chief Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. 

Beginning in 1975, he conducted pioneering studies of tigers and their prey and led conservation programs for large mammals, such as greater-one horned rhinoceros and Asiatic elephants. Along with Dr. Eric Wikramanayake, Eric mapped tiger conservation landscapes, designed the Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal and India, and came up with the idea of a Global Tiger Summit, staged in November 2010, to double the wild tiger population. He helped create the conservation plans for many iconic places–including the Galapagos, the Chihuahuan Desert, the Himalayas, the panda mountains of China, and the northern Great Plains of Montana. He has conservation experience in many countries and has published widely on large mammal conservation including books on rhinos and tigers.

How to Register:

Click here to register now.  (link is external)

Contact Email: kristen@naaee.org

Contact Name: Kristen Kunkle

For more information, go to: NAAEE EE Pro Learning

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Aug
26
11:00am11:00am

Arts in Nature Festival- Camp Long

Location: Camp Long, West Seattle
5200 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

Pre-Register: Yes

Cost: $10/Adults $6/Kids

This two-day festival offers an eclectic experience of art and performance in the woods of Seattle’s only campground. You’ll find four intimate performance stages, a ‘Museum of Sound’ in eight rustic cabins, interactive hands-on art and nature activities, and winding hiking trails through the great outdoors.

More Info: fest.naturec.org

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Aug
18
to Aug 19

National Lentil Festival- Pullman, WA

Location: Pullman, WA

"Since its beginning in 1989, the National Lentil Festival has brought national attention to Pullman. The Palouse region of farmlands in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho has a reputation for producing the highest quality lentils in the United States. We think that is worth celebrating."

A major highlight of this festival is the Legendary Lentil Cook Off. Learn about growing, processing, warehousing, and merchandising peas, lentils and chickpeas.

For more information, go to National Lentil Festival

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Aug
5
8:30pm 8:30pm

Mount St. Helens Institute Awesome Hike

Meeting Place: Johnston Ridge Observatory parking lot
Fee: $75
Level: Stenuous.  Click here to assess your own fitness level.
Requirements: Participants must be in excellent physical condition because of the rigorous demands of the 10 mile hike.

Details: Perhaps the most spectacular hike in the Mount St. Helens area, this 10 mile jaunt from Johnston Ridge Observatory winds through the heart of the blast zone in the Mount Margaret Backcountry, past Coldwater Peak and along south Coldwater Ridge. You’ll see spectacular wildflower displays, stunning views of St. Helens and Spirit Lake, and twisted logging equipment: all reminder of the destructive and renewing powers of this great volcano. And at the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your cars, saving you the 2000 foot climb back up Johnston Ridge! Guided by the Mount St. Helens Institute complete with geology and biology lessons, this will be a day you won’t soon forget!

Gear: To see the list of required gear for our guided climbs, click here.

Details will be e-mailed to participants two weeks before the trip.

For more information, or to register go to: Mount St. Helens Institute

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Aug
5
9:30am 9:30am

Naneum Ridge State Forest Clean-up

Join DNR staff and volunteers from Eastern Washington Adventures to pick up litter along the Green Dot Road System in our Naneum Ridge State Forest. What to bring Volunteers should bring gloves, water, lunch and dress appropriately for working outdoors. Volunteers are encouraged to bring four-wheel-drive transpotation to participate.

Directions: Meet at the Coleman Orchard. From Ellensburg, drive east out Vantage Highway approximately 5 miles and turn north on Number 81 Road. In 3.1 miles at the T, turn east onto Brick Mill Road and continue for 1.3 miles. Turn north onto Cooke Canyon Road and turn west at the T. Continue 2.4 miles on the primitive road to the Coleman Orchard.
     This event is eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass. Visit our volunteer page for more information.

Contact Stephanie Margheim 509-925-0984 Stephanie.Margheim@dnr.wa.gov

For more information, visit Washington Department of Natural Resources

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Jul
29
8:00am 8:00am

Urban Dragonflies: North Cascades Institute Class

For all you bird and butterfly enthusiasts, it’s time to follow the natural course of evolution and progress to dragonflies!

Dennis Paulson, Northwest expert on these insects, will teach a workshop about them in Seattle during the peak time for dragonfly activity. The class will focus on basic dragonfly biology and the identification and natural history of the species we see during our walk.

The workshop will be at Magnuson Park in Seattle, where numerous wetlands have proven to be magnets for dragonfly activity.

Cost: $95
Location: Magnuson Park, Seattle WA

For more information, go to: North Cascades Institute

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Jul
23
10:30am10:30am

Low Tide Beach Exploration

Location: Fort Ward Park, Bainbridge Island WA

Join IslandWood educators and certified Bainbridge Beach Naturalists for a beach exploration as we hunt for sea stars, sea cucumbers, urchins, and marine worms.  At this great low -3.07 tide (wow!), we'll get a close-up look at critters and hidey holes rarely visible on this stretch of shoreline.  

For more information, go to: Islandwood

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Jul
22
9:30am 9:30am

Yakima Valley: 10th Annual Ahtanum State Forest Trails Clean-up

Join DNR staff and volunteers from Eastern Washington Adventures care for Green Dot Roads and trails on Sedge Ridge, Whites Ridge and Foundation Ridge.

What to bring
Volunteers should bring gloves, water, lunch and dress appropriately for working outdoors. Volunteers are encouraged to four-wheel drive transportation to participate.

Directions
Meet at the Red Saddle Parking Lot. Exit I-82 to Valley Mall Boulevard.  Left on Longfiber Road. Right onto Ahtanum Road for 13 miles. Turn right onto North Fork Road at the Tampico Store. Proceed 10 miles to the Middle Fork Road, turn left at the Whites Ridge Trailhead and then right to the Red Saddle Trailhead. 

This event is eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

Visit our volunteer page for more information.

Contact

Stephanie Margheim

509-925-0984

Stephanie.Margheim@dnr.wa.gov

For more information, go to Washington Department of Natural Resources

 

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Jul
22
8:00am 8:00am

Mount St. Helens Life Explodes: A Biologist-Guided Trip to the Heart of the Blast Zone

Make-or-Break Date: July 15 2017
Meeting Time: TBD, morning of July 22, 2017
Meeting Place: Windy Ridge Viewpoint
Hike Level: Moderate hike over rocky terrain.  Click here to assess your own fitness level.
Requirements: Participants should be in decent shape and able to hike a couple miles on trail.

Max Group Size: 12

Cost: $75.00

Dr. John Bishop 

Hike Description: Hike from Windy Ridge to the Pumice Plain for a look at Mount St. Helens' most devastated landscape, where life was buried by the massive debris avalanche and sterilized by the incandescent pyroclastic flows during the 1980 eruption.  We'll explore the explosive return of life on the Pumice Plain by examining the rapidly-changing geological and biological features from a biologist's viewpoint.  Learn what determines who lives and who dies in one of the Northwest's most extreme natural environments.  This trip entails several miles of hiking over rocky terrain.

For more information, go to: Mount St. Helens Institute

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Jul
22
8:00am 8:00am

Mount Baker Geology 1: Fire and Ice in Morovitz Meadow NCI

Location: Mt Baker south slope
Organization: North Cascades Institute
Cost: $95

This all-day hiking field trip explores the glacial and volcanic geology along the trail to the Railroad Grade moraine on Mount Baker’s south slope.

The trail traverses Schreiber’s Meadow beside a cinder cone, crosses a boisterous, muddy glacial outwash stream on a sturdy bridge and switchbacks through the forest to the glorious views from Morovitz Meadows.

Beyond, we reach the sudden sharp crest of the Railroad Grade moraine for even more astounding views.

Along the way, we will see volcanic ash and lahar deposits — including from the most recent eruption of Mount Baker — and overlapping lava flows, a stupendous 19th Century glacial moraine and the rapidly receding terminus of the Easton Glacier. The glacier’s raw, boulder strewn, barely re-vegetated deglaciated valley lies directly below our feet. Steaming Sherman Crater, the summit plateau of Mount Baker, the eroded crags of the ancient Black Buttes volcano rise above, and the peaks of the northern Cascades recede into the distance.

This field excursion will cover 3.5 miles and gain 1,440’ to Railroad Grade, with the option to continue on as interest and stamina allow, and participants should be able to hike uphill for 2-3 hours and then back down. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended, as is a well-developed sense of wonder and curiosity.

Geologist Dave Tucker is the author of the book Geology Underfoot in Western Washington and a lead researcher at the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center.

For more information, or to register, go to: North Cascades Institute

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Jul
19
11:00am11:00am

Science in the Park: Vancouver WA

Esther Short Park
605 Esther St
Vancouver, WA 98660

Science in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series, held on the six consecutive Wednesdays following July 4, at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment.

This year’s theme is ‘Taking Care of our Changing Planet.’

Food vendors are also on-site providing a variety of tasty meal options. Parking is available at the Park ‘n Go Garage, conveniently located next to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The entrance to the garage is on 6th Street between Washington and Columbia Streets.

It’s a fun way for families to spend a summertime lunch and learning, complete with great music. Remember, Noon Concerts and Science in the Park are free!

For more information, go to Vancouver Water Resource Center

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