Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
Some of our
First Tuesday lectures were recorded to video.
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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:

February 3rd: "Ghost Bears: Studying Grizzly Bears in the North Cascades,"
7:00 – 8:30pm at the Twisp River Pub. 
The Twisp River Pub will open at 6pm for dinner and drinks. Grizzly sow and cub
Go behind the scenes with wildlife ecologist Bill Gaines as he discusses his three-year search for elusive grizzly bears in the North Cascades. Learn about the history of grizzlies in the Pacific Northwest, and the potential for grizzly bear recovery. Dr. Gaines will also describe the unique methods used to study these charismatic bruins along with tales of climbing, hiking, wading, and rappelling through this iconic landscape in the quest to document the presence of grizzlies in the North Cascades.

Dr. Bill Gaines, Director of Washington Conservation Science Institute, has spent the past quarter century studying the role of large carnivores in ecosystems. He has searched for snow leopards in the Karakorum Mountains of Pakistan, and studied spectacled bears in the Andes of Ecuador, and wolves in Denali National Park. But his favorite, most demanding, and physically challenging adventures were in pursuit of the elusive North Cascades grizzly bear. Dr. Gaines earned his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science at the University of Washington.

Thanks to the National Parks Conservation Association, Conservation Northwest, and Western Wildlife Outreach for helping make this event possible. The program is free and open to everyone.  For more information, contact us at or call 996-2870.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

January 26th - March 2nd:  11th Annual Methow Conservation Course, “It’s ‘Complex’: The 2014 Methow Fires, Ecological Effects, and Recovery”
 Meets on Monday nights, from 6:00 – 8:30pm with an optional dinner beforehand. The week of President’s Day, class will meet on Tuesday Feb 17th, not Monday.   Registration is required and space is limited.  Tuition is $165.  Click here for more details.

February 16th: “The Methow Out Your Window" Artist & Book Presentation, 7:30pm at the Merc Playhouse.  “The Methow Out My Window” project combines local art, photography and poems in a hand-made book about this valley we all love.  This event will include several artists, including poet Linda Robertson, who will share stories about their inspiration and process.  The limited-edition handmade books will be for sale and signed by artists.  See more details about the book here.
February 19th: Methow Conservancy Methow Experiences Auction, 7pm, at the Lost River Winery Seattle Tasting Room on Western Ave in downtown Seattle (or bid by proxy!).  Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and raffle items at this free, fun event.  Preview all the amazing experiences, and learn how to make a proxy bid if you can’t make it to the live auction, on the auction webpage on Feb 2.  Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details!

Other Organizations' Conservation & Ecology Programs
Check out the upcoming news & events from other organizations and businesses!

Pre-Order Native Trees, Shrubs and flowers through the Okanogan Conservation District now through January 30th. Click here: to see the OCD's annual plant sale details and ordering information.  Need restoration options post-fire or flood?  Want to more fire-wise landscaping?  Want to attract wildlife to your yard or simply add more color or shade?  Or, the "Buy a Bundle" option lets you buy plants for fire victims. Orders must be picked up on April 11, 2015.

“Nature of Winter Snowshoe” Tours: Methow Trails (formerly MVSTA) hosts family-friendly snowshoe tours every Saturday from Jan 3 - Feb 21 at both Sun Mountain and the North Cascades Basecamp.  Starting at 11:00 am, local volunteers lead tours that focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more.  See more details here.

The Okanogan Land Trust is inviting applications for the position of Executive Director.  For more details, visit their website.

The North Cascades Basecamp has started their weekly winter soup and presentation nights.  Every Thursday from January 8 – March 5, 5:30 homemade soup and bread; 6:00-7:30 presentation in the Classroom.  $5/person.  See the entire schedule here:


*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, fieldtrip, 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