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:

Elwa River, Humes Ranch. Photo by Jeff TaylorMay 30th: “River Restoration:  Comparing the Elwha and Methow Rivers” May 30th, 7:00-8:30pm, free, at the Merc Playhouse

Award-winning Bureau of Reclamation engineer Jennifer Bountry, the 2017 “Federal Engineer of the Year,” will share an in-depth look at the natural and engineered work of river restorations, both in the Methow and on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula where Bountry served as a lead scientist. 

The program is free and open to everyone. The doors open at 6:30pm and concessions are available for purchase. For more information, contact 996-2870 or

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August 1st: “An Eclipse to Remember: Where Will You Be on August 21, 2017?” with David Ingram of the International Dark Ski Association, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

September 5th: “The Bluebird Man,” film followed by a talk with Ken Bevis, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

May 24th: Making Money & Making a Living in the Methow: A Methow GenNxt Event, 6:30-8:00pm, free, at the vacant “Motion” Auto Parts store on Glover St.  Are you a young adult who cares about the future of the Methow Valley?  Please come to a free social and discussion with your peers about local economic issues and what’s needed to create a healthy economy Valley-wide with sustainable opportunities for making money and making a living.  Drinks and snacks provided.  The event is free.  Contact Mary at the Methow Conservancy at 996-2870 or if you have questions.  Click here for more details.

May 29th: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 7:00 - 9:00am with Mary Kiesau. Click here for more details.  Free.

June 1st – 4th: Methow Conservancy Spring NaturalistsRetreat.   The Naturalists’ Retreat is an annual celebration of the Methow Valley in springtime! The class is limited to 20 people and costs $200*/person, including one catered dinner. To register or for more information, contact Mary at 509-996-2870 or There are just 3 spots left! Click here for more information

June 5th: Methow Conservancy Invasive Weed Walk & Talk, 5:00 - 6:30pm with Mary Kiesau. Click here for more details.  Free.

June 8th: Salamander Night Crawl, 8:30-11:00pm, $10*.  Come out for a night-time adventure of searching for young (larval) salamanders!  Click here for more details.

June 12th: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 7:00 - 9:00am with Mary Kiesau.Click here for more details.  Free.

June 16th: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 7:00 - 9:00am with Mary Kiesau.Click here for more details. Free.

June 17th: Methow Conservancy Invasive Weed Walk & Talk, 7:30 - 9:00am with Mary Kiesau.Click here for more details. Free.

July 1st-2nd: True Nature: The Art and Craft of Field Journaling, 9am-4pm both days, $160* plus materials.  Join professional artist and teacher Perri Howard along with Mary Kiesau, naturalist and educator at the Methow Conservancy, in this hands-on class to explore the natural world of the Methow and learn the fundamental aspects of field sketching, note-taking, and journaling to creatively engageyour surroundings. Click here for more details.

October 7-8th:  Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200*.  Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz.  David's approach is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting the moment we meet-up. David actively engages participants in identification and interpretation of tracks and signs, and builds in lots of time for questions and discussion too.  This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, and you might even achieve a wildlife tracking certificate through Cybertracker Conservation.  Certificates are awarded on three levels. The whole experience is a lot of fun to boot!  The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200* per person (just one spot left!). Lodging and food are on you own. Contact Mary to register at 509-996-2870 or

Events & News from Other Organizations

The Society for Range Management and the Society for Ecological Restoration are teaming up to host a Restorative Grasslands Conference, June 6-8th.  The conference will feature unique tours of restorative native grasslands in the Columbia Basin, as well as a variety of engaging workshops about native plants, pollinators, and birds.  Click for details and registration, or contact

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center is open for the season!  See all their “Last Sunday” presentations, upcoming exhibits, workshops and other news here.

The Okanogan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society offers flower and other naturalist hikes through the spring and summer.  See their offerings here.

Looking for a job with a Washington Land Trust?  There are several great job postings from organizations in WA (and OR too) at the Washington Association of Land Trusts jobs page.

*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