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:

Black-headed grosbeak photo by Mary KiesauTuesday, August 2nd, “The Messenger” A film about our connection to birds
7:00 – 8:30pm at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp.

Can you imagine a world without birdsong?
In ancient times humans looked to the flights and songs of birds to foretell the future.  Today, birds still have something to tell us.  The visually stunning and highly-acclaimed documentary “The Messenger” explores our deep connection to birds and warns that the fate of songbirds might mirror our own.  From the northern reaches of the boreal forest to countries around the globe to the streets of New York, this film brings us into the lives of thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other songbirds and shows us what birds are saying about the state of our planet and our shared future.

The program is free and open to everyone.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Light refreshments available.  Air-conditioned!  For more information, contact us at 996-2870 or

September 6th: "An Update on the Methow's River Restoration Projects" with John Crandall, 7:00-8:30pm, location TBA, free.

October 4th: "Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities" with climate scientist Amy Snover, 7:00-8:30pm, location TBA, free.

November 1st: "Antarctica: An Exploration Of Nature, Ice & Life" with photographer Alasdair Turner, 7:00-8:30pm, location TBA, free.

December 6th: Holiday Social & First Tuesday program "OWL: A Year in The Life of North American Owls" with author and photographer Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, free.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

July 29:  Alpine Wildflower Hike, 8:00am – 5:00pm with Mary Kiesau.  Free, registration required.

August 13th: DirtWorks! Class "Seed Saving" with Anaka Mines, 9am. Register here.

August 13th – 14th:  True Nature: The Art and Craft of Field Journaling,10am-4pm both days, $135 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 engage your surroundings. FYI: This same 2-day class is also going to be offered October 15-16 with an optional short intro class on October 4 if this August session doesn’t work for you.   See here for more details. 

September 17th: DirtWorks! Class "Preserving the Harvest" with Cameron Green, 9am. Register here.

September 24th: Annual Cider Squeeze & Social Mark your calendars and start saving jugsfor our annual Cider Squeeze at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s house just south of Winthrop. We’ll use an historic press to make fresh apple cider juice and enjoy a classic Methow fall afternoon.  This sweet event is always a special, family-friendly time to celebrate community, conservation and the harvest season!  For more information click here.

October 15th: DirtWorks! Class "Wood-fire Cooking" with Kate Posey, 9am. Register here.

Events from Other Organizations

TwispWorks “Methow Skills” Series: Saturdays after the Farmer’s Market, come to TwispWorks for creative workshops with expert Methow instructors who will lead a variety of unique and practical classes. Classes run every Saturday May 28 through Sept 24. See the whole line-up of classes and register here.

The Confluence Gallery’s 15th Annual Home Tour features “Firewise Homes:Fire Adapted Building and Landscaping, ” August 6th, 10am-5pm.  The night before, on August 5th, the public is invited to a free presentation “Living with Fire: Your Role in a Fire Adapted Methow Valley” by Kirsten Cook of the Okanogan Conservation District.  Tickets for the home tour are available at the Confluence Gallery.


*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