May
22
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar: Pathways to Develop Peer Reviewed or Innovative Carbon Offset Projects

The Offset Network and Second Nature are working together to support creative and novel carbon reduction projects implemented within higher education. The Offset Network provides resources, project examples, and a framework for colleges and universities to generate their own carbon offsets. Join this webinar to learn about the pathways for creating Innovative or Peer Reviewed carbon offsets that qualify for GHG reporting requirements of both Second Nature’s Carbon and Climate Commitments and AASHE Stars. This includes the process for creating new or modified project protocols, peer-institution verification in place of costly 3rd party accredited verification, and resources for building project documentation. The webinar will walk through the newly updated Offset Network platform, the formalized peer verification process, and resources available to project developers. Attendees will also learn how Innovative or Peer Reviewed carbon offsets fit into the context of existing carbon markets and seek to address key barriers preventing medium and small-scale projects from being implemented. 

Presenters: 

  • Ruby Woodside, Innovative Services Manager, Second Nature 
  • Tani Colbert-Sangree, Program Coordinator – Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, Duke University 
  • Quint Newcomer- Sustainability Consultant, Bork Design 
  • Barbara Haya-Research Fellow, California Institute for Energy and Environment, University of California, Berkeley

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May
25
to May 28

Seattle: Circle of Indigenous People Celebration

Location: Seattle Center at Broad Street

Unkitawa
Ours, Yours and Mine


Friday: School Programs, Social Dancing
Saturday: Traditional & Contemporary Showcase
Sunday: Coastal Celebration
Monday: Powwow

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PARTICIPATE?
If you would like to participate in sharing dance, song, stories, etc during the School Programs, Social dancing, and/or Traditional & Contemporary Showcase, please contact:
Ixtli White Hawk or John Romero

Powwow Info & participation, contact:
George Farrell or Kyle Schierbeck

Coastal Celebration Info & Participation, contact:
Jay Hollingsworth or John Romero

VOLUNTEERS-
If you would like to volunteer in preparation prior to the event, and/or during that weekend- contact us to sign up! Your help and positivity is needed and welcomed!:)
Contact: Ixtli White Hawk or John Romero

DONATIONS-
Monetary & in-kind donations are greatly appreciated.
This celebration is possible because of the countless hours volunteered by the Circle of Indigenous People committee, committee fundraising, and in-kind donations from Folklife Festival Committee.
Contact: Kyle Schierbeck or John Romero

For more information, go to: Carpe Diem

 

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Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

Walla Walla: Nature Journaling Class

Location: Pioneer Park, Walla Walla, WA
Cost: $15

Join us for a morning of observing and writing about nature. The workshop is open to anyone 12 or older and requires no previous writing experience. 

Karen Kirkwood will lead several journaling activities that will deepen participants’ involvement with the world around them. When we quiet ourselves and observe the details  of place, we are able to grow intimate with nature and make discoveries about the place and ourselves. We will have time to share our thoughts with others if we so choose.

Karen has taught writing to all ages and currently teaches at Walla Walla Community College. She is an avid gardener and hiker.

For more information, go to: Blue Mountain Trust

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Jun
6
6:00 AM06:00

World Environment Day- Reduce Plastic Pollution

A Platform for Action
World Environment Day is the UN's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The People's Day
Above all, World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. That "something" can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.

The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution.

This year's host is India.

Registration

In recent years, millions of people have taken part in thousands of registered activities worldwide. Please sign up so we can keep you updated on various activities.

For more information, go to World Environment Day

Read about Seattle in the UN

Strawless in Seattle: How a major coastal city is tackling marine litter

In July 2018, customers in Seattle – the largest city in the State of Washington, along the United States’ Pacific Coast – will have to ask for a biodegradable paper straw with their drink, or decide to go without it.

 

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Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

World Oceans Day: Keep Oceans Blue

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.

Conservation action focus for World Oceans Day 2018: 

Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future

To learn more, visit: Worlds Ocean Day

Or watch their short video here: Celebrate Worlds Ocean Day.

 

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Walla Walla: Agriculture Day

Location: 1410 G Street Walla Walla, WA, 99362

This Learning on the Land event will give you a fascinating window on the human and technological sophistication that keeps our local agricultural sector strong. 

The Inland Northwest has a unique rainfed agricultural sector that has benefited for over 60 years from the research, professional consultation, and inputs (such as fertilizers) from The McGregor Company. Come learn about the important role this and other local ag sector businesses have played and continue to play in our local landscape and economy. 

For more information, go to Blue Mountain Land Trust

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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Tacoma: Tiptoe through the Tidepools

Titlow Beach, 8425 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406

Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year. A naturalist will guide low-tide beach exploration. Free!

Meet at Titlow Beach. Wear shoes to protect from the rocky beach and bring plenty of water and sunscreen. For more information contact Tacoma Nature Center. Titlow Beach is located at the west end of 6th Avenue in Tacoma, near Steamers Cafe.

For more information, go to: Tacoma Nature Center

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Jun
28
12:00 PM12:00

NAAEE Webinar: Bringing Research to Life

Please join NAAEE for another installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series. In this round table webinar, we will hear from a dynamite group of speakers working to connect research and practice. We hope you'll join us to learn more about how these organizations are working independently and together to build the evidence base for advancing environmental education and the children and nature movement.

Be sure to RSVP to get the Zoom login

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Jul
13
to Jul 14

Tacoma: Camp Out Owen Beach

We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for three Friday nights under the stars with your family and friends. July 13, July 27, and August 24.

This unique experience also includes tent space, evening snack, games, Ranger-led activity and a sunrise breakfast!

You will need to bring tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, camp chair, flashlight, bug spray.

Pricing:
$50 for 4 person tent space
$75 for a 6 person space
$100 for an 8 person space

For more information, go to: Tacoma Nature Center

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Jul
29
to Jul 31

Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up

Location: Meet at the Red Saddle Parking Lot. Start in Yakima. Go south on I-82 for 2 miles to Union Gap. Go west on Ahtanum Road to Tampico. Go west on A-2000 (Middle Fork Road) for 9.5 miles. Ahtanum Meadows located on left at .3 miles. Get directions.

Join DNR staff and partners from Eastern Washington Adventures to pick up litter and help maintain green dot roads in our Ahtanum State Forest near Yakima.

What to bring
Volunteers should weather-appropriate clothing, gloves, boots, water, lunch and a legal four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate green dot roads.

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

For more information, go to WA Department of Natural Resources

Stephanie Margheim
509-925-0984

Stephanie.Margheim@dnr.wa.gov

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Sep
20
to Sep 22

Wenatchee Annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival

Location: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Join us for an education and adventure celebration!
Come and take part in the many inter-generational hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, wildlife “edu-tainment”, music, art, and experience a meaningful cultural exchange with Native Americans in their tribal village.

Set in the pristine majesty of Washington State’s Cascade Mountains, the Salmon Festival is an outdoor education adventure you will not want to miss.

For more information, visit: Wenatchee River Salmon Festival

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Sep
22
6:00 AM06:00

National Public Lands Day

Save the Date: 2018 NPLD! Mark September 22, 2018 on your calendars today and make plans to join NEEF for its 25th annual National Public Lands Day—the largest celebration and volunteer effort on behalf of our public lands. Please join the NPLD Facebook group to receive up-to-date information on NPLD 2018. 

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

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Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tacoma Nature Center- Fall Plant Sale

Tacoma Nature Center
1919 S. Tyler St.
(253) 404-3930

Landscape your yard with plants that are native to our area. Planting natives ensures the conservation of our precious water resources and provides habitat for local birds, mammals and insects. Native plants require less water and care than other plants.

If you can't make it to one of the plant sales, stop by the Native Plant Nursery at the Tacoma Nature Center May through September and find an assortment of native plants, shrubs and trees for your yard.

A list of available plants will be posted the day before each sale.

For more information, go to: Tacoma Nature Center
 

 

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May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Tacoma- Tiptoe through the Tidepools

Titlow Beach, 8425 6th Ave,Tacoma, WA 98406

Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year. A naturalist will guide low-tide beach exploration. Free!

Meet at Titlow Beach. Wear shoes to protect from the rocky beach and bring plenty of water and sunscreen. For more information contact Tacoma Nature Center. Titlow Beach is located at the west end of 6th Avenue in Tacoma, near Steamers Cafe.

For more information, go to: Tacoma Nature Center

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May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Return to the River Salmon Festival @ Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Community College, Near Ducky Derby by the ball fields on Tausick Way
500 N Tausick Way, Walla Walla, Wa 99362

Here is a preview of what you can look forward to for our 10th annual Return to the River Salmon Festival:

Free activities for all ages: 
*Interactive educational booths
*Wildlife cartoon drawings
*First foods and medicinal plant display
*Face painting
*Bouncy castles
*Photobooth
*Corn hole toss
...and more!

Special Events:
*Naming Contest for our new salmon mascot*
*Releasing chinook salmon*
*Tribal Dance Performance 12 PM to 1 PM*

Location: Near Ducky Derby by the ball fields on Tausick Way

Food Truck Available!
Wine Country Culinary Institute Food Truck 11 AM to 3 PM!

Presented by:
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College

For more information, go to: Visit Walla Walla

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May
19
to May 21

Washington Native Plant Society study weekend in Spokane

The Eastern Washington University campus will serve as our "home base" for a variety of activities,  including a reception and speaker on Friday evening, and banquet and keynote speakers on Saturday evening. 

We're planning a full weekend with a variety of plant-centric activities to choose from, including field trips highlighting

  • the geologic history of our region, 
  • the diverse flora of our local shrub-steppe, palouse prairie, lowland ponderosa woodland, and subalpine forest ecosystems, 
  • propagation of native plants  
  • exploration of the Clarkia fossil beds in Northern Idaho.
  • botanical illustration and photography

For more information, go to Washington Native Plant Society

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens

Location: Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon

Speaker:  Sheila Alfsen, MAT, GIT (Oregon State Board Geologic Examiners)
Current instructor of Geology –  Chemeketa Community College, Linn Benton, Portland State University.

The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history.  Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

For more information, go to: Ice Age Flood Institute

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May
18
4:00 PM16:00

Anniversary Party- West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

West Valley Outdoor Learning Center
8706 E Upriver Dr, Spokane, Washington 99212

Come celebrate the OLC's anniversary: enjoy yard games and cake, meet and greet our animals, educators, and volunteers.


Consider making a small donation to help us care for all of our classroom critters, or bring us a birthday gift from our "wish list". Message or call us to RSVP (so we know how much cake to provide) and let us know if you will bringing a gift from the list.

RSVP via OLC Facebook

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May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Endangered Species Day

Teachers & Students Encouraged to Participate in Endangered Species Day (May 18, 2018)

 The 13th annual international Endangered Species Day on May 18, 2018 offers biology, ecology and other teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways students can participate in Endangered Species Day (first approved by the U.S. Senate in 2006), such as:  

*Plan a school-wide Endangered Species Day fair with exhibits.
*Arrange a special display in the school library or cafeteria.
*Invite a local expert to speak to the school/class.
*Work with a community/environmental group on a habitat restoration project.
*Attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden or other location.

Depending on your school schedule, you can plan events earlier in May or on Endangered Species Day (5/18) itself. Once a specific activity is planned, the class can register it on the Endangered Species Day website) or send the information (and your questions) to David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director: drobinson@endangered.org (link sends e-mail)

Be sure to check out the resource materials in the Endangered Species Day Toolkit on the website, including event planning tips, stickers, bookmarks, fliers, banner, passport, coloring/activity sheets (many of which can be downloaded and printed) and more. The website also features a Teacher Resource Center/Teacher Forum.

For more information, visit:

Endangered Species Day website

 

 

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May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Olympia: Happening A Clean Energy Revolution

Location: Olympia UUC 2315 Division St. NW Olympia,WA

A film by Jamie Redford and Jill Tidman

Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too.

Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.

Movie website: http://www.rocoeducational.com/happening

Sponsors: Environmental Justice OUUC and Olympia Friends Meeting

For more infomation: Meaningful Movies, or Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/208224396449879/

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May
17
to May 20

Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest: David Sibley

Location: The Barn @ Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division Street, Leavenworth, WA

For more details about festival field trips, activities,  sponsorship and how to volunteer, check out

www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.org

Come bird with us the third weekend in May and celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest! Enjoy the unforgettable experience of witnessing the vast array of returning migratory birds in the midst of the peak wildflower season in the incomparable natural beauty of North Central Washington's Wenatchee Valley.

The Leavenworth area features spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains to sunny ponderosa pine forests, lush riparian zones to shrub-steppe. Educational and recreational opportunities abound with field trips led by area birding and wildlife experts and professionals.

While birding is the heart of the weekend, also enjoy wildflower walks, art events, and family activities to ensure fun and learning for birders and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

For more information, go to Wenatchee River Institute

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May
15
12:00 PM12:00

NAAEE Webinar: An Hour with Aimee: Writing, Nature, and More

Register now: NAAEE An Hour with Aimee

Please join us for NAAEE's monthly webinar series. Born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, Aimee Nezhukumatathil (link is external)is a writer and poet best known for her jovial and accessible reading style and lush descriptions of nature and landscapes. She is professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. Her newest, recently-published collection of poems, Oceanic (link is external), "hums a bright blue note—a sensuous love song to the Earth and its inhabitants." Aimee was a keynote speaker at NAAEE's 2016 conference in Madison, WI.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry: Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; Miracle Fruit; and Oceanic. Her newest collection of poems, Oceanic, was recently published in April 2018. She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonder

With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems. She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at The State University of New York at Fredonia, where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence and named the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar. In 2016-17, Aimee will be the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing.

Aimee is also known for her dynamic and joy-filled teaching. Equally at ease in a university or high school classroom, she often serves as a poetry “ambassador,” bringing the delights and joys of reading and writing poetry to classrooms all over the country.

Register now: NAAEE An Hour with Aimee

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May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Olympia: Moss As An Indicator of Air Pollution

Location: Washington State Capitol Museum Coach House
211 21st Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
Sarah Jovan

Sarah Jovan, PhD, is a Research Ecologist and Lichen Indicator Advisor for U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR. Absorbent and rootless, moss and lichen are regularly employed as indicators of air pollution in European cities, but environmental scientists in the United States are just starting to take advantage of this indicator. Jovan will share some of her work with us.

For more information, go to Washington Native Plant Society

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May
14
9:00 AM09:00

Chelan: Nonprofit Practices Institute Summit

Location: Campbell’s Resort, Chelan Washington

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI) is a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, established to provide affordable and accessible professional development and training for nonprofit organizations.
 
The NPI Summit kicks off with a keynote on strategic planning in a changing environment presented by Mark Fulop, owner and principal of Facilitation and Process consulting firm. Several breakout sessions follow, covering various nonprofits subjects including:

  •  Capital Campaigns
  • Fundraising
  • Data Tools
  • Building Relationships
  • Board Leadership
  • Marketing  

Ten scholarships are available to attend the summit provided by the Statewide Capacity Collaborative, awarded on a first-come first-served basis for those that meet the scholarship’s the criteria.
 
For more information and to view the full agenda, visit www.cfncw.org/npiannualsummit.

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May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Edmonds: Promised Lands, Duwamish & Chinook treaty rights

Location: Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 8109 224 Street, Edmonds WA

“Promised Land” follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest, the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.

“Promised Land” debuted in select theaters in Fall 2016. It won the award for Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the 10th Annual LA Skins Fest, and was an official selection for the 41st Annual American Indian Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum’s 19th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival, the 12th Annual Ellensburg Film Festival, and the 5th Annual Social Justice Film Festival, among others.

“The film is about federal recognition, yes, but on a deeper level it’s about how to be an Indian in the modern world, how to fight even if you’re an elderly lady or a terminally ill man, how to take joy from the fight because of the friends you make, and most importantly, how to face death bravely and with honor, recognizing it as a transition and not an end. The U.S. will someday crumble into dust and be forgotten like all other empires. But cultures like the Chinook and the Duwamish will endure indefinitely, as long as there are those who love their ancestors and honor them with good work.”

– Indian Country Media Today Network

Indigenous recognition is at the frontline of the battle for native sovereignty. These tribes—who signed treaties, helped settlers, and lost their land—are asking for their treaties to be honored. To redefine their recognition, to put blood quantum restrictions on who is and isn’t native enough, to redefine treaties over and over, continues a toxic cycle of colonialism where the government, and the corporations it partners with, continues to unlawfully profit off of the resources of indigenous lands at great peril to our increasingly climate-challenged world.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments are provided. After the movie, stay for a community discussion with members of the Duwamish and Chinook tribes. This event is free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

http://www.promisedlanddoc.com/

Special Guests: Edie Loyer Nelson, and Ken Workman, both of the Duwamish tribe

Sponsors:

  • Peace and Justice Committee, Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Snohomish County Peace Action
  • Social Action Ministry, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church

    For more information, go to Meaningful Movies
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May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe- Ellensburg area

Location: Umtanum Creek Recreation Area

Kititas Environmental Education Network is offering this FREE and FAMILY friendly event. We encourage you to take advantage of as many field trips as you can during the day - see the list of expert-led field trips on their website.

Educational booths with fun activities will be located in the parking area at Umtanum. 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 :-).

For more information, go to: KEEN Shrub Steppe Event

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May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Woodinville: Chasing Ice Movie

Location: 18900 168th Ave NE, Northshore UCC, Woodinville WA

“Chasing Ice” is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Photographer James Balog creates the Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. “Chasing Ice” depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

For more information, go to: Meaningful Movies

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May
11
to May 13

Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest


Come bird with KEEN for 3-days during the second weekend of May and discover the natural beauty of Central Washington State! The Yakima River Canyon is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) with some of the highest densities of passerines
and birds of prey in the State.

The Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest will offer expert-led field trips, vendors, extended field trips, lectures and keynote speakers, social events and music, and a plethora of bird watching during early spring!

Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest will be a family-friendly event targeting birders throughout the Pacific Northwest and from around the world. Birders travel thousands of miles to add to their ‘life lists’ and our festival will fall right in between two complimentary festivals – the Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival in late April and the Leavenworth Bird Festival in late May. Birders plan their travel calendars to engage in as many birding opportunities as they can, and this festival in May is the best time to see colorful, diverse and rare bird species in the Canyon.

Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest will feature Friday afternoon registration at festival headquarters based in Helen McCabe Park. Most attendees will stay overnight in hotel rooms, camp in the Canyon, or stay at the Yakima River RV Camp. In addition, we will secure partnerships with Canyon River Ranch Lodge and other local hotels to provide reduced and/or group rates for festival attendees.

Friday evening activities will include owl hooting and bat field trips as well as music and drinks at a local venue to be determined. Saturday morning will begin with very early field trips, and activities will continue throughout the day capping off the evening with our keynote speaker. Complementary Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe (another KEEN event) activities occur on Saturday as well. Sunday morning will have more early morning field trips and the festival will wrap up at noon on Sunday. 

For more information, visit: KEEN YRCBF

Ornithological Summary
The extensive cliffs, shrub-steppe, and riparian cottonwood forests provide a rich mixture of habitats. Particularly important are the immense basalt cliffs and talus slopes interspersed with shrub-steppe vegetation, which support a diverse assemblage of birds associated with this habitat, including White-throated Swift, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, and 21 species of raptors. Ten of these raptor species breed in and around the canyon, including two pairs of Golden Eagles and five pairs of Prairie Falcons. The cliffs and shrub-steppe habitat also support dense populations of Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, and Great-horned Owls. Up to 20 Bald Eagles winter along the river, subsisting primarily on whitefish. The riparian habitats along the river and its tributaries support a high diversity and abundance of songbirds.

2018 is the Year of the Bird!

In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.

For more information, go to: KEEN

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May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Seattle- Pulling Together: Presented by the Muckleshoot Tribe

Location: Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 Roberto Maestas Festival, Seattle, WA, 98144

“At the far corner of North America lies a majestic land of dense forests and steep mountain ranges, where ocean waters wander inland for hundreds of miles through countless bays, passages and inlets. Ancient coastal cultures thrived for millennia among these salmon-filled waters, traveling far and wide to trade, to socialize, and sometimes to make war. The water was their highway, and their vehicles were wooden canoes, each carved from a single towering cedar tree. In the 1800’s, newcomers overran the region, decimating Native populations with new diseases, forcing them into small corners and suppressing their ancient cultures. In time, cars, freeways and TV became part of Native life. Memories of the old ways grew ever dimmer. Something was missing…

Now, generations later, a new era of rediscovery has begun. Cedar canoes are again taking to the water in an annual epic called the Canoe Journey, where Native people seek to regain their spiritual core and, on these ancient highways of water, to cross paths with their ancestors and feel their presence. In this beautiful and poignant film, we join the Muckleshoot canoe crew as it departs from its home reservation near Seattle to begin Canoe Journey 2003 at Neah Bay as guests of the Makah Nation. Travel with them as this band of separate individuals, after many trials, learns to become a family by journey’s end…”

Special Guests: John Loftus and members of the Muckleshoot Tribe

Sponsors: Joe and Jill McKinstry, Beacon Arts, Shunpike, 4Culture
For more information, go to: Meaningful Movies

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May
8
4:00 PM16:00

Front and Centered: CLIMATE JUSTICE FUNDERS’ BRIEFING

 

The work, the impact, the possibilities, the CELEBRATION!

Wing Luke Museum

719 South King Street, Seattle, WA

Followed by a 5-7pm reception including drinks and light hors d’oeuvres

Please RSVP here

 Front and Centered invites philanthropic leaders to join a frontline briefing on creating the nation’s most progressive solutions to climate change, right here in Washington State!

Front and Centered—a statewide coalition of community of color-led organizations that is leading on climate justice—will discuss their groundbreaking work, including: CREATING an innovative map that identifies areas of high pollution in proximity to economically disadvantaged communities; DEVELOPING policies that foster economic opportunity AND reduce pollution, including an initiative before voters this November; and ENGAGING and educating voters of color who are often excluded on environmental issues that disproportionately impact their lives. 

Plus, an after-briefing celebration!  Please stay after the briefing for a reception to meet our members and staff and let us share our gratitude for all we’ve accomplished together to protect our air, water and forests, while ensuring communities disproportionately impacted by pollution are healthier, economically stronger and civically more engaged.

Please RSVP here

 Sponsors

Bullitt Foundation * Loom Foundation * Mize Family Foundation * Satterberg Foundation * Seattle Foundation * 
Social Justice Fund NW * Social Venture Partners * 
Stansbury Family Foundation

Hosts

Brad Brickman * Sharon Chen * Kristen Harris-Talley *Jane Harvey * Ruby Love * 
Susan Lubetkin * John & Lisa Merrill * Rashad Morris * Sherry Richardson * Dave Woolley Wilson * Brady Walkinshaw

We look forward to seeing you on May 8!

 

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May
8
9:00 AM09:00

Wenatchee- Grantwriting: Spark the Fire

Location: Wenatchee Valley College

Cost: $95 Early Bird; $115 Regular

Spark the Fire's Essential Grant writing is a one-day intensive grant writing class that will provide you with a detailed overview of the grant writing process. By the end of the class, you'll know where to find grant opportunities, how to write a letter of interest and complete grant proposal and know how and when to communicate with grant makers to build a long-term relationship. Click here to register. This class is perfect for beginning and intermediate grant writers – those who have never written a grant proposal as well as those who have some grants under their belt and want to brush up on their skills. Our alumni work in nonprofit and government agencies, Native American tribes and groups, academic institutions, faith organizations, healthcare institutions, grant making organizations, and as independent grant writing professionals.

Website: http://www.sparkthefiregrantwriting.com

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Awakening @ Walla Walla Community College

Location: Walla Walla Community College
500 N Tausick Way, Walla Walla, Wa 99362
Costs: Adults $40, Children (17 and under) $25

Join Mike Denny on the first of two natural history adventures to witness spring awaken at different times and different elevations in the Blue Mountains. On this excursion, we will visit the south fork of the Umatilla River and experience the first hints of spring in the mountains. You will enjoy the melodies of the songbirds that just arrived from Central and South America and the smells of the blossoming flowers.

Mike will help you investigate what spring brings: flowers, birds, insects and all the wonders of nature as life wakes up with spring. It will be a day full of factual wonders, that’s for sure.

For more information, go to: Blue Mountain Land Trust

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Elk Heights Spring CleanUp- Cle Elum

Stephanie Margheim
509-925-0984

Stephanie.Margheim@dnr.wa.gov

Join DNR staff and partners from Sky Meadows to clean up nearby green dot roads. Please register

What to bring
Please bring gloves, boots, water, lunch and dress for working in the outdoors.  Those wishing to participate should bring a legal ORV and the associated personal protective equipment to ride or a 4WD vehicle to drive the green dot roads. 

Directions
Meet at Sky Meadows Lodge 2091 Casassa Road Cle Elum, WA 98922. From Cle Elum, go south on South Cle Elum Way toward W Railroad Ave. Continue onto Lower Peoh Point Road and in half a mile turn right onto Upper Peoh Point Road. In 4.5 miles, turn right onto Casassa Road and follow it to the end of the road. The meeting area is inside the Sky Meadows archway

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

For more, go to Washington Department of Natural Resources

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May
1
6:30 PM18:30

Love Your Pollinators! @ Walla Walla Community College

Location: WWCC Water and Environmental Center 640 Water Center Drive Walla Walla, WA 99362

Come join the Sustainable Living Center for our Love Your Pollinators workshop! As the Spring days get warmer and longer, you may start to notice pollinators roaming around your garden, but how can you cultivate a better environment for them? Come to the workshop to find out! Whitman College professor Heidi Dobson will share her expertise about pollinators and pollinator environments, sharing tangible actions we can take to enhance our yards for many pollinator species. The workshop is open to everyone and free of charge! We hope to see you there!

For more information, go to: Visit Walla Walla

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Apr
30
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: EE and NGSS: A Match Made in Nature

Organization:  NAAEE & National Wildlife Federation

Register now! (link is external)

Please join NAAEE, for the next installment of their monthly webinar series. As Director of Science for Achieve (link is external), Matt Krehbiel (link is external)helps provide support to states and districts in implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

NAAEE is excited to be partnering with the National Wildlife Federation (link is external) and our Affiliate Network to focus on how the environmental education community can help advance the Next Generation Science Standards! And we can get an update on how states are implementing the Standards and what we can do together to move forward.

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

register now (link is external)  

 

Matt Krehbiel 

Matt Krehbiel joined Achieve in October 2015 as Associate Director, Science. In August 2017 he was promoted to Director. Matt has a variety of responsibilities within the science team to further Achieve’s efforts to provide support to states and districts in implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. He is specifically responsible for supporting and managing EQuIP for science and the PEEC-alignment tool.

Matt began his career in science education as a high school science teacher in Kansas, where he taught a wide range of high school science courses over ten years. His work in the classroom was recognized in 2010 with the Award for Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education from the Kansas Association for Environmental Education. Later that year, Matt joined the Kansas State Department of Education as the state science supervisor. In this role, Matt led Kansas’ participation as a lead state in developing the Next Generation Science Standards and was the lead author of Appendix K: Model Course Mapping in Middle School and High School. He also coordinated the state-wide effort to use the implementation of these standards as an opportunity to advance science education for all students. For his efforts to advance science education in Kansas, Matt was awarded the Kansas Association for Teachers of Science Outstanding Contributions to Science Education Award in 2013 and was selected by Bethel College for their Young Alumnus Award in 2015.

In addition to his classroom and state-level work, Matt has also worked at the national level. While working at the Kansas State Department of Education, Matt also served on the Board and later as President of the Council of State Science Supervisors. This organization serves to coordinate and support efforts of the state science supervisors of all states as they work to advance science education. Matt is also a member of the Board on Science Education for the National Research Council and, in that role, was a on the committee that wrote Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.

Matt earned his B.A. in biology and natural sciences and his secondary teacher certification in general science, biology, and physics from Bethel College. He earned his M.S. in curriculum and instruction with a focus in science education from Kansas State University.

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Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Ellensburg Wildflower and Wind Power Walk

Explore the vast array of shrub steppe wildflowers at the Wild Horse Wind Facility. Enjoy the guided wildflower walks, presentations, displays, and wind turbine tours. Wildflower walks will also be offered mid-week by appointment from mid-April through May.

RSVP Required: wildhorse@pse.com

10am Wind Turbine Tour
11am Wildflower Orientation
11:30 Wildflower Walk
2pm Wind Turbine Tour
3pm Wildflower Orientation
3:30 Wildflower Walk

For more information, go to: My Ellensburg

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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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Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Naturevision- Earth Day Family Nature Walk!

Location: Tolt River-John MacDonald Park, 31020 Northeast 40th Street, Carnation, WA 98014

Join Nature Vision at Tolt-MacDonald Park to explore the casual hiking trails of this beautiful park! This hour long nature walk, led by a Nature Vision Educator, will involve frequent stops to learn about diverse plant communities and time to discover some of the animals that depend on green spaces at the park. Use this experience in nature to become inspired about Earth Day and deepen your connection to our shared environment.

Event is limited to 30 participants.

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Park entrance is at NE 40th St and Highway 203 at the south end of Carnation. Day-use parking is available on-site. Please park in the lot to the right as you enter the park (you will see the big red barn off to the right and the parking lot is before this) or in the lot to your left a little farther into the park. No motorized vehicle access on west side of river other than service vehicles.

Please meet the Nature Vision educator at the base of the suspension bridge on the NE side of the Snoqualmie River; this is before you cross over the walking suspension bridge.

What should I bring to the event?

Please wear comfortable walking shoes or rain boots and weather appropriate gear. We will be having our event no matter the weather! You might want to bring some binoculars to see many of the beautiful birds living in this park.

Sign up for Free program: Eventbrite

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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Sustainable Wenatchee Earth Day Fair

Location: Wenatchee, Pybus Market
Join Sustainable Wenatchee outside of Pybus Market to celebrate our planet and learn about how to protect it! Featuring educational booths from a variety of local organizations and kid's activities by Joyful Scholars Montessori School and TEAMS Learning Center. Learn about the upcoming 2nd annual NCW EcoChallenge and get registered. Plus bring your own cup and get some FREE organic lemonade from The Hunters Wife Health Bar- Wenatchee or coffee from Cafe Columbia! This is a Sustainable Wenatchee event sponsored by Chelan PUD and Link Transit.

For more information

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Survivability of an Earthquake in Lake Missoula Flood Sediments

Location: Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon

Speaker:  William D. Burgel, BS Engineering University of Michigan 1971, MS Geology Idaho State University 1986
Bill Burgel will discuss the geology of the Northwest and how various depositions will respond during an earthquake.  Are you in a safe place?  Come learn about the ground beneath you.  

For more information: http://iafi.org/calendar/

Contact Sylvia Thompson – 503-257-0144 for more information. 

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Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

March For Science: Across WA

Locations: Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham and Seattle

Last year we were part of history. On April 22, 2017, more than 1 million people in more than 600 locations across all seven continents joined together in the single largest event in support of science in history - the March for Science.

Last year we demanded that Indigenous voices be heard. Together, we wrote the Indigenous Science Statement - both in support of the March for Science - but also to uplift Indigenous Science. We stated that:

           “We need to engage the power of both Western and Indigenous Science on behalf of the living Earth. Let Us March not just for Science but for Sciences!”

The 2018 March for Science is now upon us!  On April 14, tens of thousands will gather around the world to demand equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all communities.

  What can we do this year?

AMPLIFY: Share the Indigenous Science Statement again on social media and with mass media. Tell your story and why Indigenous Science matters. Share your events with March for Science Indigenous.

ENGAGE: Participate in one of the hundreds of March for Science events around the world and in Washington, DC. Check out the world wide map (events in Vancouver, Bellingham, Seattle and Spokane).

EMPOWER: Encourage our youth to speak at a March for Science event near them, read the Indigenous Science Statement at an event or organize a new event on April 14th!!

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Apr
9
9:00 AM09:00

Vancouver: Informal and Community-Based Science Educators’ Meeting

Location: ESD 112, Vancouver
Register Now

This ’17-’18 school year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Educational Service Districts (ESDs) will co-host meetings across the state for community-based and informal science educators. These meetings build on previous meetings and will be a continued opportunity to explore how informal and community-based science education providers can best support classroom science learning and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

This year includes a special focus on integrated STEM learning, especially engineering.

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