Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
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The Methow Conservancy sponsors a monthly “First Tuesday Lecture Series”. The lectures provide a forum to learn about the Methow Valley’s natural characteristics and natural resource issues. Generally "First Tuesday" Lectures are held on the first Tuesday of the month. The place varies so please check each event for the location. All First Tuesday Lectures are free and open to everyone. For more information contact Mary at 996-2870 or

First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

November 1st: "Antarctica: An Exploration of Nature, Ice & Life"
7:00-8:30pm, The Merc Playhouse, free. Join Alasdair Turner, a Seattle-based adventure and documentary photographer, for an exploration of Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound region. From vast ice to the historic huts left behind by explorers Scott and Shackleton to today’s sprawling base of buildings that make up the U.S. McMurdo Station, his work tells the story of scientific research in Antarctica through a lens imbued with stunning photographic imagery, big picture explanations, and even a little humor.

December 6th: Holiday Social & First Tuesday program "Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls" with author and photographer Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, free. Mark your calendar and see more details here!

Other Methow Conservancy Events

We're mixing up our annual Methow Mixer!

We know that traffic stinks, so we've decided to offer a Mixer series in the Puget Sound area so YOU can choose when, where and how to get your Methow connection. All of these events are free - no checkbooks required.

October 27th: Methow Mixer Option 1, Lunch, 12:00-1:30pm. If you work in downtown Seattle or are near a light-rail station and you want a free lunch with a chance to learn more about what's new at the Methow Conservancy join us from noon to 1:30 at the Center for Architecture & Design (1010 Western Ave).

October 27th: Methow Mixer Option 2, Drink, anytime between 5:00-7:00pm . If you prefer something more casual, drop by and join us for a beverage on us during happy hour at Chuck's Hop Shop in the Central District (2001 E Union) anytime between 5 and 7pm.

October 28th: Methow Mixer Option 3, Breakfast, 8am. If you are one of those early birds or you live on the "east" side of the lake, join us on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond (15563 NE 31st St, Redmond, WA. Building 40, Pilchuck Rm) at 8am for breakfast and a chance to learn more about what's new in the Methow Valley.

October 28th:  Volunteers Needed for our final Adopt-a-Highway clean-up of the year.  Join Mary Kiesau and Methow Conservancy volunteers for a quick and rewarding volunteer activity, cleaning up a short section of Highway 20, from 10:30am-12:00pm.  Contact Mary for more details or to sign-up to help! 

December 6th: Methow Conservancy Holiday Social & “First Tuesday” program "Owl: A Year in The Lives of North American Owls" with author and photographer Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, FREE.  The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7pm–8:30pm. Paul Bannick uses his intimate and dramatic images to illustrate four different nesting owl species—Northern Pygmy, Burrowing, Great Gray, and Snowy—throughout the course of the year in four distinct habitats.  Mark your calendar and see more details here!

January 21st:  Methow Trails & Methow Conservancy Birthday Bash with The Paperboys at the Winthrop Barn.  We’re turning 20!  That’s right, with your support the Methow Conservancy has been inspiring people to care for the land of the Methow Valley for 20 years!  You’ve made a huge difference – protecting over 8,500 acres and 31 riverfront miles, plus so much more through our numerous and diverse stewardship and educational programs – and it’s time to celebrate!  Help us celebrate on Saturday, January 21st at the Winthrop Barn at our joint birthday bash with Methow Trails (they’re turning 40!).  We’ll dance the night away to the Paperboys and have some birthday fun.  Stay tuned for ticket sale info. 

*Our Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel or leave a fee-based course for any reason:
Full refunds will be given if the request is received two weeks or more before the day of the program (class, workshop, field trip, etc.).  If the cancellation is made less than two weeks before the start of the program, the Methow Conservancy will give a full refund only if we are able to fill your spot.  If you cancel 24 hours or less before the start time of the program or after the class has started there will be no refund of the program fee.  Although we rarely need to do so, we reserve the right to cancel a program.  In this case you will receive a full refund.

315 Riverside Avenue / PO Box 71    Winthrop, WA 98862     509.996.2870