Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
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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:

No July First Tuesday!

Solar EclipseAugust 1st: “An Eclipse to Remember".
7:00-8:30pm, in the Sun Mountain Lodge Pasayten Room, free. Come early to enjoy dinner in the bar or restaurant!

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting its shadow across all of North America. This will be the first total solar eclipse (TSE) visible in the contiguous United States in 38 years and the first across the entire US in 99 years.  David Ingram, amateur astronomer and newly minted eclipse chaser, will present the beauty, the history and the celestial mechanics of solar and lunar eclipses.  The challenges and logistics of safe and effective viewing the 2017 TSE will also be discussed.  David will also share a bit of information on Dark Skies. David is the President of the Boeing Employees' Astronomical Society; a leader in the Dark Skies NW Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association; and a Vice President of the Seattle Astronomical Society

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

Other Methow Conservancy Events

July 24th: Methow GenNxt Kickball Summer Social, 5pm at the Winthrop ballfield for kickball, 7pm at the Methow Valley Cider House for dinner and drinks.  Free!  Click here for more details.Alpine Forget-me-not, photo by Mary Kiesau.

August 3rd:  Annual Alpine Wildflower Hike, 8:00am – 4:00pm, free.  Join Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director, Mary Kiesau, to view, identify and enjoy alpine wildflowers in their splendid summer glory.  Mary will choose the location based on conditions.  Good physical fitness is necessary.  Space is limited to 12 people.  Contact Mary at 996-2870 or to register.

August 17th: Stories and Inspiration from the Methow’s Wild Side, 7:30-9:00pm, free, at the Confluence Gallery with participating artists in the “Walking the Wild Edge” art exhibit.  Click here for more details.

October 1st: Annual Cider Squeeze, 2-4pm, free.  Save the Date!  It’s a sweet celebration of conservation.  We’ll use an historic press to make fresh apple cider juice and enjoy a classic Methow fall afternoon.  Free and fun for all ages.
October 7-8th:  Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200.  This class is full but a waitlist is available. Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker and educator, David Moskowitz.  The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200* per person. Lodging and food are on you own. Contact Mary to register at 509-996-2870 or

Events & News from Other Organizations

Thursday, July 13th at 6pm in the Twisp Library, Kent Woodruff is presenting "One Stick", a short film about climate change in the Methow Valley and projects that are working to mitigate the effects: like the Methow Beaver Project.

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