Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Cities Enhancing Public Spaces with Nature Play Webinar

Cities are installing nature play spaces to foster outdoor learning and play, improve children’s health and wellness, activate parks, and promote everyday connection to nature. Join us for a discussion on nature play features and the benefits they provide and how two cities prioritized and navigated installation of nature play elements. City case studies provide an insider perspective on engaging youth and residents in co-designing nature play spaces, multi-agency collaboration, accounting for risk & liability, and opportunities to replicate nature play spaces throughout their cities. Nature play space form meets function in this free Enhancing Public Spaces with Nature Play Webinar.

Find out more and Register at: Children and Nature Network webinars

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Oct
25
to Oct 27

Mt Spokane Ski Swap

Location: Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Address:
404 N Havana Street
Suite 1
Spokane Valley, WA 99202

Whether you're shopping for yourself, your kids, or just seeing what the Swap is all about, we've got something for everybody. Mind-blowing amounts of skis, snowboards, clothing, helmets, goggles, and children's items plus a growing selection of AT, telemark, and cross-country equipment make sure you're equipped this winter season.

Reuse is key to a cleaner more ecological world.

Find out more at: Mt Spokane Ski Swap

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Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Spokane Library- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Through Zero Waste Living

Location: South Hill Library
3324 S. Perry St.Spokane, WA 99203

Come learn about how you can reduce your waste and plastic usage and, as a result, save money, live healthier, have more time for the important things, and live in a way that benefits the environment. This talk is part of a climate change series at the South Hill Library in Fall 2019.

Learn more at: Spokane Library

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Oct
27
to Oct 30

Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference-Spokane

Expected to draw approximately 2,000 participants, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) annual conference is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. We invite you to join us in Spokane, Washington from Oct. 27 – 30 to share your knowledge, achievements and ideas.

With a theme of Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy, AASHE 2019 is tackling the root cause for the continued rise in carbon emissions: our dysfunctional economic system. The conference seeks to showcase and strengthen higher education’s contributions to the movement for a sustainable economy, which we see as inclusive of the exciting work happening under a variety of other names such as the solidarity economy, wellbeing economy, circular economy, post-growth economy, regenerative economy and restorative economy.

https://www.aashe.org/conference/

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Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Spokane Lecture: FIRE AND ICE: THE STORY OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER BASALTS AND THE ICE AGE FLOODS

Location: Spokane Community College, THE LAIR, BUILDING 6
1810 N Greene St Spokane, WA 99217

Cost:FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Contact: Melanie Bell (509) 954 4242 Email

Cheney-Spokane Lecture

LECTURE AND ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RECEPTION FOR MEMBERS AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS. 

“Fire and Ice: The Story of the Columbia River Basalts and the Ice Age Floods” will be discussed by Brent Cunderla, retired Bureau of Land Management geologist, from Wenatchee, Washington.  You will hear Cunderla present an overview of the Ice Age (Missoula) Floods story of the Pacific Northwest.  The “Fire” portion will highlight the Columbia River Basalt Group (eastern Washington) while the “Ice” portion will illustrate the Ice Age Floods of the Pacific Northwest.  The interaction between the Ice Age Flood waters and the Columbia River Basalts played a key role in the formation of the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington.  The Floods story from Glacial Lake Missoula in NW Montana to the Pacific Ocean will be highlighted in the program, including Camas Prairie of NW Montana, Purcell Trench Ice Dam, Rathdrum Prairie, Spokane vicinity, Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract, Channeled Scabland of Eastern Washington, Telford/Crab Creek flood pathways, Grand and Moses Coulees, large floods along the existing Columbia River Drainage (Wenatchee, WA area), ponding of flood waters in the Pasco Basin (Glacial Lake Lewis), Wallula Gap, Columbia River Gorge, Portland OR/Vancouver WA flooding, Willamette Valley back flooding (Glacial Lake Allison), and Pacific Ocean-Lower sea level and flooding down sub-marine canyons.  J Harlan Bretz and Joseph Pardee roles in the Floods story development will be reviewed as well.

For more information, Event website

Or, call or text 509.954.4242 or email- iaficheneyspokane@gmail.com

 

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Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Connell Lecture: The Bonneville and Missoula Floods: The Fastest Prehistoric Trips Across the Rockies

Location: 109-803-072, Connell, WA 99326

Learn more about the Missoula Floods and the lesser known Bonneville Flood that raced down the Snake River during the last Ice Age Floods.

During the Earth’s most recent Ice Age, a lobe of ice from Canada blocked Clarks Fork at the Idaho-Montana border, forming giant glacial Lake Missoula. The lake rose to float the ice dam, releasing a flood moving at 60 mph through Wallula Gap on its way to a lower Pacific Ocean. This happened dozens of times not only at the end of the last glaciation, but also during earlier glaciations of the most recent Ice Age. In contrast, pluvial Lake Bonneville did not rise high enough to release a flood until the Bear River was diverted by lava flows.

Robert J. Carson was raised in Lexington, Virginia. Mountaineering, whitewater boating, and spelunking in Rockbridge County, Virginia and during summers in northern New England sparked his interest in geology, which he studied at Cornell University. Bob earned an MS at Tulane University while employed by Texaco, exploring for petroleum in Louisiana and phosphate in Florida. His PhD research at the University of
Washington led to positions with the Washington Department of Ecology and the Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources. Bob taught at North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon before joining the Whitman College Department of Geology in 1975.

Most of his research is on Quaternary geology in Washington, northeastern Oregon, northwestern Wyoming, and Mongolia. His books include Hiking Guide to Washington Geology, Where the Great River Bends, East of Yellowstone, Many Waters, and The Blues.

Learn more at: Ice Age Flood Institute

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Nov
6
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Sustainability Education Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Planning

Free Webinar

The interdisciplinary field of sustainability programs is trending at many institutions. Assessments of programs is part of that reality to be in compliance with the Higher Learning Commissions and the evaluation of program quality and continuous improvement. The key to a strong sustainability program and seamless assessment process is to ensure the curriculum is aligned to course and student artifacts and competencies are aligned with student learning outcomes. In this webinar, you will learn how to develop a curriculum map, align a program and student learning outcomes and assess program curriculum in sustainability education.

Be sure to RSVP: https://www.aashe.org/calendar/curriculum-mapping/

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Nov
18
8:00 AM08:00

Crayfish Conference: A Confluence of Science & Education (Spokane)

Location: Historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane, WA

Join Researchers, graduate students, resource managers, educators and others interested in crayfish at this first TRM Crayfish Conference!

Presented by: National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Engaging Every Student, University of Idaho Extension, University of Illinois, University of Washington and Washington Invasive Species Council 

Click Here to Register

Registration Deadlines:
Early registration until October 1, 2019     $50 
Regular Registration October 1-November 6, 2019     $75
Late/Onsite Registration November 7-18, 2019    $95

Additional Information will be provided as we get closer to the event.

For more information, go to: The River Mile

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Nov
19
to Nov 20

Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference (Spokane)

Location: Historic Davenport Hotel

November 19-20, 2019 (times TBD)

Please join us at the 2019 Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference, November 19-20, at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane.

This is a unique opportunity for educators to network with natural resource managers while learning about local environmental and natural resource issues that can be woven into classroom activities. Topics of this year’s conference include ecosystem function, salmon reintroduction, irrigation, renewable energy sources and invasive species.

Visit www.lrf.org/conf for more information.

NOTE: Educators and Students must register through The River Mile Network's Crayfish Conference registration. All other professionals register directly with Lake Roosevelt Forum.


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Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Harvest Open House 2019- WVOLC Spokane

Location: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8508 E Upriver Dr. Spokane, WA 99212

Cost: $5 suggested donation!

"Come visit us this month for our Harvest Open House! We'll make autumn crafts and play some games, and you'll get a chance to explore our yard with a fun scavenger hunt! Of course, you'll get to pet some of our amazing classroom critters. as well as meet our awesome hawks and owls! Bring the whole family out for a fun day supporting the WVOLC!!"

https://www.facebook.com/events/2440342756217156/

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Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

FREE Sagebrush Ecosystem Education Workshop (Boise)

Location: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Learn ways to inspire students to think critically about sagebrush ecosystems and the fascinating 350+ species that call it home. Earn PD contact hours or college credit while exploring hands-on NGSS/STEAM activities at Idaho Parks and Recreation's headquarters and natural area in SE Boise.

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Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

Heating Up: The Ethics of Climate Change

Location: South Hill 3324 S. Perry St. Spokane, WA 99203

With larger, longer wildfire seasons, accelerating species extinction, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise, it’s increasingly clear that climate change isn’t something that’s about to happen—it’s here. But while the laundry list of problems wrought by climate change is well-known, few talk about how our moral beliefs about nature have led us to the brink.

In this presentation funded by Humanities Washington, ethicist Brian G. Henning discusses how global warming itself is not the only problem—it’s a symptom of a larger issue concerning how we conceive of ourselves and our relationship to the natural world.

This is part of a climate change series at the South Hill Library in Fall 2019.

For more information, go to Spokane Library Events

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Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

The Cultural Psychology of Climate Change Denial

Location: South Hill 3324 S. Perry St.
Spokane, WA 99203

At least 97% of climate science studies suggest that climate change is happening and caused by humans. Yet, according to a 2015 Pew Poll, 43% of Americans say they disagree with scientists who say that global warming is occurring due to human activity. The fact that the United States is among the global outliers in the acceptance of the scientific consensus on climate change suggests that the explanations must be political, cultural, and psychological. In this presentation, Dr. Vinai Norasakkunkit, Associate Professor of Psychology at Gonzaga University, will discuss some relevant background theories and his past and ongoing behavioral studies that target the cultural/psychological reasons.

This talk is part of a climate change series at the South Hill Library in Fall 2019.

For more information, go to: Spokane Library Events

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

E3 & KEEN Environment & Sustainability Education Conference

Co-hosted by KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network) and E3 Washington

E3 Washington and KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network) are delighted to hold the first Washington State Environment and Sustainability Education (ESE) Community Conference in over seven years. We’re building on the NAAEE Conference in Spokane last year.

Join us for this opportunity to gather and share environment and sustainability education.

When: October 5-6, 2019

Where: Lazy F Ranch, Ellensburg WA

Who: Teachers, Educators, Professors, Scientists, Engineers and others working to support ESE for ALL students in Washington State. 

The CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now open. Share your wisdom, lessons or research.

Find out more: E3 Washington

Or, Register Now

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Oct
2
4:00 PM16:00

Demographics and Marketing Tools for Nonprofits from Your Library

Location: Learning Studio at Niche Coworking
25 W. Main, Floor 3
Spokane, WA 99201

Sign Up

As a nonprofit organization, do you know that all you need is a library card to access proprietary demographics and marketing data that you can use to promote your services, build your membership, or learn more about the community you serve? Come get an overview of Spokane Public Library's Demographics Now and A to Z Databases from Nonprofit Librarian Dana Dalrymple.

This training is part of Learn Together, Grow Together: a professional-development-meets-happy-hour series presented by the Community Building Foundation, Niche Coworking, and the Spokane Public Library.

Event and refreshments are free.
Everyone is welcome.

For more information, go to: http://www.spokanelibrary.org/calendar/#/?i=4

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Sep
30
6:30 PM18:30

Climate Change and Its Impact on Wildfires-Spokane

Location: South Hill

Climate change is increasing the average wildfire season and fueling fires that burn more than twice the area it did in the early seventies. Join us for a firsthand look at this issue from a local firefighter. Kurtis Robinson is the current Spokane NAACP President and a Wildland Fire Fighter of 10 years. He has worked for the Department of Natural Resources, Spokane County Fire District 10, and is currently working as a fire contractor.

This is part of a climate change series at the South Hill Library in Fall 2019.

For more information, go to Spokane Library Events

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Changing of the seasons: Are you ready- Spokane WVLC

Location: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8508 E Upriver Dr. Spokane, WA 99212

Cost: $5 suggested donation!

"This month’s open house will focus on the ways that plants and animals transition through changing seasons! Explore how different organisms survive these seasonal variations through crafts and activities. As always, you’ll also have a chance to meet our resident snakes, tortoises, hawks, owls, and more. We hope to see you there!"

https://www.facebook.com/events/532621050612457/

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Sep
26
9:30 PM21:30

Spokane Salish Culture Day

Chewelah Park, Chewelah, WA
Agenda

9:30 am Buses Arrive at Chewelah Park

9:45 am Spokane Salish Culture Day Welcome by Josh Flett, Spokane Tribal Member and lead teacher at the Back to the Heart Immersion school. Color Guard by the Wellpinit High School JROTC posting the Colors. Bob Brisbois, Spokane Tribal Member/Elder and Culture teacher at the Wellpinit 7th grade drum group Chewelah Mayor Knauss Smudging-Pat Moses, Spokane Tribal Member, Elder & Teacher Opening Remarks-Monica Tonasket, Spokane Tribal Member & Administrative Director Council Members

10:15am 1st Location located in your welcome packet. (Handed out by Ambassadors.) Site A: PACA building with Preservation, Bobbi Hubert (Educators will be with Ms. Flett & Ms Bruce Resources will be passed out.) 25 min Site B: Museum display with Glen Hafer & Norm LeBret Presentations

LUNCH at 11:30 after you finish the 2nd Site visit in the ball park just north of the museum. Pick up your meals at the PACA Building. Site C: Beside the Museum with Fish Trap Display and native foods with Marsha Wynecoop, Spokane Tribal Member and Program Manager for the Tribe’s Language program. Site D: Indian Agency Building-History of the region and importance of waterways for Native People with Jack Nesbit & Geno Ludwig. Site E: Warren Seyler-“What use to be here?”. Where did Spokane people camp, fish, live, etc.

1:15pm Play and/or Regalia Showcase

1:45pm Spokane Tribal Happy Dance & Closing Ceremony at Chewelah Park-Pat Moses This day was inspired by the late Don “Mac” McLaughlin and carried forward by Chewelah PACA.

For more information, go to https://www.wellpinit.org/wellpinit

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Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Turning Spoils to Soils: Home Composting for Beginners- Spokane

Location: South Hill 3324 S. Perry St. Spokane, WA 99203

Composting food, yard, and garden waste at home helps you:

*Produce your own rich, beneficial soil additive
*Discard less garbage and pay lower garbage bills
*Return nutrients to the soil such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, iron and boron
*Reduce your dependency on chemical fertilizers
*Conserve earth's resources
*Protect and improve your environment

The program is provided by the Spokane County Master Composter/Recycler Program.

For more information, go to Spokane Library Events

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Sep
21
to Sep 22

Spokane Valley Fair

Check the website for a full schedule. We thought members might be interested in:

Saturday
Fishing at the Falls
Sponsored by Cabela’s

 Beer, Wine and Food Garden Including Valley Ale Fest

Live Music and Entertainment at the CenterPlace Patio Stage
 Robotics, Drones, and STEM Showcase

 Mobius Planetarium

At Mirabeau Point Park

 Day and Night Telescopes with Spokane Astronomical Society

Sunday
Fun run and boat/bike/run Triathalon

Find out more at: Visit Spokane

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

National Public Lands Day- Whitman Mission NHP

Location: Whitman Mission National Historic Site at 328 Whitman Mission Rd
Walla Walla, WA, USA, 99362

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people come together to celebrate and protect public lands across the country. Whitman Mission invites you to join the crowd on Saturday, September 21, 2019, by participating in National Public Lands Day!

Volunteers at Whitman Mission will continue ongoing efforts to remove invasive plants and restore native habitat on the hillside. Bring your family, friends, coworkers, or neighbors for a day outdoors caring for your public lands!

Have questions? Want to sign up? Call (509)-522-6360 or email us at WHMI_Interpretation@nps.gov.

National Public Lands Day is an outdoor event! Volunteers should wear long pants and long sleeves that can get dirty, closed-toe shoes, and bring a water bottle. Bug spray, sunscreen, and a snack are also recommended.

CONTACT: Whitman Mission National Historic Site

(509) 522-6360

To find out more, go to: https://www.facebook.com/whitmanmission/

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Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Avista Smart Meter Project: What It Is and How It Works

Location: South Hill 3324 S. Perry St. Spokane, WA 99203

Please join us to hear from Steve Trabun, Regional Business Manager, and Vern Malensky, Smart Meter Project Manager, about Avista’s smart meter project.  The smart meters, which are currently being installed, are part of an integrated system designed to make us smarter together. Powered by secure, two-way communications between your new meter and Avista, you'll be able to better monitor and manage your energy usage – and Avista will be able to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of energy delivery for all of its customers.  To learn more, visit myavista.com/smartmeters.

Steve Trabun has over 35 years of multi-functional and executive-level experience in large organizations and start-up environments.  Steve currently spends the majority of his time as a Regional Business Manager, working closely with the City of Spokane, Spokane County, and other area municipalities addressing business and public policy issues, focusing on driving economic vitality, and maintaining strong collaborative working relationships within the communities served by Avista.

Vern Malensky has been with Avista for over 7 years, with and has spent the past 4 years working on Avista’s smart meter project.  Prior to Avista, Vern worked at a Civil Engineering consulting firm for 7 years in Coeur d'Alene.  Vern has a civil engineering degree from the University of Idaho.

For more information, go to: http://www.spokanelibrary.org/calendar/#/?i=1

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Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Princesses/Squaws/Maidens: the Language of Stereotypes- Pendleton OR

Presented by: Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum

Location: TAMÁSTSLIKT CULTURAL INSTITUTE

47106 WILDHORSE BOULEVARD, PENDLETON, OREGON 97801

Speakers Bobbie Conner, Tamástslikt Director, and Dr. Jennifer Karson Engum continue the discussion on common stereotypes about Native peoples including Native Americans’ power to replace stereotypical images and retake ownership of cultural identity. Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to: https://www.tamastslikt.org/events/

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Aug
25
6:00 AM06:00

State Parks ‘free day’ is Aug. 25

Special day celebrates the National Park System’s 103rd birthday

OLYMPIA – Aug. 5, 2019 – In recognition of the National Park System’s 103rd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Sunday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.

State Parks free days are in keeping with 2011 legislation that created the Discover Pass, which costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day visit. The pass is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation directed State Parks to designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.

While Washington State Parks and the National Park Service are different entities, the two agencies share a rich tradition of stewarding the lands they manage. Many state parks are located within an hour’s drive of Washington’s national parks, monuments and historical reserves and sites:

  • Battle Ground Lake State Park, near Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
    35 minutes by car

  • Fort Townsend Historical State Park, near Olympic National Park
    One hour by car

  • Bogachiel State Park, near Olympic National Park
    43 minutes by car

  • Lime Kiln Point State Park, near San Juan Island National Historical Park
    16 minutes by car

  • Rockport and Rasar state parks, near North Cascades National Park
    32 and 40 minutes by car

  • Fort Ebey State Park and Fort Casey Historical State Park, near Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
    10 minutes by car

  • Federation Forest, Nisqually and Nolte state parks, near Mount Rainier National Park
    40 minutes, 36 minutes and one hour by car

In addition, many Washington state parks are within the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail:

  • Beacon Rock State Park

  • Columbia Hills State Park

  • Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

  • Lyons Ferry State Park

  • Palouse Falls State Park

  • Steamboat Rock State Park

  • Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park

  • Yakima Sportsman State Park

For more information on special birthday events the National Park Service is planning, visit:  https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/nps-birthday.htm

The remaining 2019 State Parks free days are:

  • Saturday, Sept. 28 — National Public Lands Day

  • Monday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day

The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations, and day access is included in the overnight fee. For information about Discover Pass, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

To find a Washington state park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/281/Parks

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Aug
23
to Aug 25

Spokane Pow Wow

Location:
Lilac Bowl, Riverfront Park: 507 N. Howard Street , Spokane, WA

An annual celebration of Native American arts and culture, past and present. The history of this event, and the significance of gathering at the Spokane River, goes back generations.

Admission is FREE

For more information, go to: https://calendar.powwows.com/events/gathering-at-the-falls-pow-wow-2019-2/

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Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Science Action Club- Coulee Dam

Location: Lake Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School, Coulee Dam, WA

Spark youth interest in science!

Hands-on science investigation for out-of-school time programs.

Designed by the California Academy of Sciences, Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC use citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.

SAC’s science and nature units spark curiosity, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities.

All three units are available in English and bilingual English-Spanish. Our sliding scale fee structure ensures equity and access!

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Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Science Action Clubs- Coulee Dam

Location: Lake Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School, Coulee Dam, WA

Spark youth interest in science!

Hands-on science investigation for out-of-school time programs.

Designed by the California Academy of Sciences, Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC use citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.

SAC’s science and nature units spark curiosity, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities.

All three units are available in English and bilingual English-Spanish. Our sliding scale fee structure ensures equity and access!

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Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Unity in the Community-Career and Education Fair-Spokane

Location: Riverfront Park, Spokane, WA
Cost:
Free
Unity in the Community consists of five key vendor areas: Youth Fair, Career and Education Fair, Health Fair, Early Learning Fair, and General Vendors.

Along with our vendors we also have a Cultural Village and a stage consisting of a diverse group of performers and acts to keep you entertained all day. Whatever your age, you will find something to do at Unity.

The Career and Education Fair (one of the event strands) provides employment and educational information in an informal setting. This provides a perfect time to gather information from many local employers and the majority of our academic institutions in Spokane County. Participating businesses have shared the success of attending this event because of its casual and inviting nature. We encourage interested job seekers to come meet and discover the various employers in Spokane County.

The educational component of the fair has representatives from the different are colleges and universities present. Community Colleges of Spokane, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, and Washington State University have all been in attendance. Those interested in furthering their education will have the opportunity to learn about the various programs at each of the institutions.

Learn more at: http://www.nwunity.org/

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Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday

Colville, Wash. (July 31, 2019) – Please join the employees of the Colville National Forest in celebrating Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday on Friday, August 9 at two locations in Stevens County. Smokey will be available for photos 10-10:30 a.m. at the headquarters in Colville and from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Chewelah Farmers Market, weather permitting.

Forest Service staff will serve cake and offer members of the public Smokey Bear items 10 a.m. to noon at the Forest Headquarters, 765 South Main in Colville, Washington. The Forest Service booth at the Chewelah Farmers Market will provide games and Smokey Bear items 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chewelah City Park located at the corner of North Park Street (U.S. 395) and East Lincoln Avenue.

For the past 75 years, Smokey Bear has been teaching generations of children how to prevent wildfires. As one of the most recognizable fictional characters, Smokey Bear has become the symbol of wildfire prevention and an American icon. Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in United States history. With his slogans like “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” children are learning about their roles and responsibilities in wildfire prevention.

For more information, please contact the Colville National Forest Headquarters at (509) 684-7000.

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Jun
5
10:00 AM10:00

World Environment Day

Nine out of ten people breathe polluted air. From 24 May, through to #WorldEnvironmentDay on June 5, we are calling on everyone to join the Mask Challenge. Face masks are a great symbol to show leaders we want to breathe clean air. Alongside celebrities, influencers and creators, the World Environment Day campaign invites everyone to:

Decide what action you are going to take to #BeatAirPollution

Here are some examples:

  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk

  • Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle and request electric taxis

  • Turn off the car engine when stationary

  • Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions

  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash

  • Switch to high-efficiency home heating systems and equipment

  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use 

  • Choose non-toxic paints and furnishings
     

  1. Make a pledge and challenge others to take action
    May 24th – June 4th

    • Take a photo or video of yourself wearing a mask to post on social media. Don't have a mask?

    • Get creative and make your own!

    • In your post share the action you’ll take to reduce air pollution

    • Tag 3 people/organizations/ companies to challenge them to do the same.

    • Use #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment.
       

  2. On World Environment Day, show how you have fulfilled your pledge!

  • Take another photo or video of yourself fulfilling your commitment and post it on social media.

  • Use #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment. 

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May
23
2:00 PM14:00

Regional Farm to School & ECE Gatherings

Free- Walla Walla: RSVP here

The Washington State Farm to School Network is organizing a Regional Gathering in six locations around Washington State! School gardeners, school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, teachers, parents, childcare providers, and anyone else interested in farm to school in the region are encouraged to attend. Students welcome!
Please forward this on to everyone that might be interested.

At 2pm there will be a training/networking session on buying local food for school nutrition staff, farmers, childcare providers, and other attendees working on local foods in meal programs.

At 3:30pm school gardeners, educators, teachers, and all other farm to school partners will join the event to continue networking and growing farm to school in the region.

Pick a time when you sign up for a gathering!

Agendas include:

  • 2 - 3:30pm: Local food in school meals & early care: Procurement training/panel and networking for school nutrition staff, childcare providers, and farmers facilitated by WSDA Farm to School. CEU documentation for nutrition staff will be provided.

  • 3:30 - 4:30pm: Regional farm to school networking - School gardeners, educators, teachers, childcare providers, and any other farm to school partners will join school nutrition staff and farmers to talk about local farm to school and early care successes, challenges, and strategies for moving forward.

  • 4:30 - 5:30pm: Gathering regional input on Washington State Farm to School Network development & priorities

Agenda for Northwest Washington will be from 8:30am-3pm starting with a training for school garden educators and teachers organized by Viva Farms. Check out the Northwest WA agenda here!
Contact ciberle@agr.wa.gov if you are interested in organizing any other activities or components of the event in your region. 

Be sure to RSVP here

Thanks,

WA State Farm to School Network Coordination Team

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May
23
12:00 PM12:00

NAAEE Webinar: Collective Impact Evaluation

Organization: 

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

NAAEE

Rhode Island Environmental Education Association

We hope that you'll join us for the May installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series. Come learn about exciting work happening across the NAAEE Affiliate Network to evaluate environmental education at the state level and consider how you might do similar work in your state.

How can we tell our story more effectively to advance environmental education? Which measures speak the loudest? Katie Navin, Executive Director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (link is external), will discuss what CAAEE has learned from practitioners, funders, researchers, and national experts to create shared outcomes and collective evaluation in Colorado.

And join Jeanine Silversmith, Project Manager for the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (link is external), to learn about Rhode Island’s statewide survey of K-12 educators and the successful partnerships that were informed by the results. Jeanine will share information about the development and implementation of the tool and give a brief update on their progress toward assessing student environmental literacy in Rhode Island. 

Register Now: NAAEE Webinars

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May
22
2:00 PM14:00

Regional Farm to School & ECE Gatherings

Free – Spokane: RSVP here

The Washington State Farm to School Network is organizing a Regional Gathering in six locations around Washington State! School gardeners, school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, teachers, parents, childcare providers, and anyone else interested in farm to school in the region are encouraged to attend. Students welcome!
Please forward this on to everyone that might be interested.

At 2pm there will be a training/networking session on buying local food for school nutrition staff, farmers, childcare providers, and other attendees working on local foods in meal programs.

At 3:30pm school gardeners, educators, teachers, and all other farm to school partners will join the event to continue networking and growing farm to school in the region.

Pick a time when you sign up for a gathering!

Agendas include:

  • 2 - 3:30pm: Local food in school meals & early care: Procurement training/panel and networking for school nutrition staff, childcare providers, and farmers facilitated by WSDA Farm to School. CEU documentation for nutrition staff will be provided.

  • 3:30 - 4:30pm: Regional farm to school networking - School gardeners, educators, teachers, childcare providers, and any other farm to school partners will join school nutrition staff and farmers to talk about local farm to school and early care successes, challenges, and strategies for moving forward.

  • 4:30 - 5:30pm: Gathering regional input on Washington State Farm to School Network development & priorities

Agenda for Northwest Washington will be from 8:30am-3pm starting with a training for school garden educators and teachers organized by Viva Farms. Check out the Northwest WA agenda here!

Contact ciberle@agr.wa.gov if you are interested in organizing any other activities or components of the event in your region. 

Be sure to RSVP here

Thanks,

WA State Farm to School Network Coordination Team

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May
16
6:30 PM18:30

How Spokane Owes Its Existence to the Ice Age Floods

Location: Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, 2316 W 1st Ave Spokane WA 99201
Auditorium - E.A. Johnston

Speaker: Dr. Linda McCollum

Cost: $10, suggested donation

In this lecture Dr. Linda McCollum, EWU Professor Emeritus of Geology, will review the profound effect the Ice Age Floods and their deposits have had on the Spokane areas landscape and the evidence suggesting that wooly mammoths may have walked from Pleasant Prairie across a broad floodplain to drink water from the Spokane River.

For more information, go to: Northwest Museum of Art and Culture

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