January 10th E-Newsletter
Thanks to donors and supporters like you, we met our goal of $35,000 for our end-of-year match campaign! All donations up to $35,000 were matched thanks to the Icicle Fund and an anonymous donor. Excluding the matching funds, we raised over $60,000! Thank you for answering our call. All of us here at WRI appreciate every single one of you. Your donation means we can continue our work and keep growing in years to come. Let's look forward to an awesome 2024!
Fridays and Saturdays
January - February 2024
A new year means new seasonal walks! Join us for 3 weekly Snowshoe Strolls around the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery and learn about native ecology along the way. We will lead a stroll on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00AM with an additional afternoon walk on Saturdays at 1:00PM. These gently paced strolls are suitable for snowshoers of all levels. Snowshoes, gaiters, and poles will be provided by WRI. Register online at the link below.
Science on Tap with McLain Johnson
Thursday, January 18th
Join WRI at Ground Control in Wenatchee for an awesome opportunity to gather and learn about science from a member of your community. No prior science knowledge is necessary for this casual gathering. This month, we'll hear from fish biologist McLain Johnson about aquatic habitat restoration in the Wenatchee River Ranger District. Learn more about this free event below.
Family Movie Night
Friday, January 19th
Looking for a Friday family activity? Join WRI in the Red Barn for a free movie showing on our big screen. This month we'll be showing Finding Nemo. Feel free to bring snacks, chairs, blankets, and the whole family. Hot cocoa, tea, sparkling water, beer, and wine will all be available for purchase. Learn more below.
Wednesday Wenatchee Birding
Wednesday, January 24th
Go birding with knowledgeable WRI staff around Walla Walla Point Park and the Horan Natural Area in Wenatchee! All birding skills are welcome. This is a FREE event and no registration is needed..
Red Barn Event: Composting in our Community
Thursday, January 25th
Join WRI in the Red Barn to hear from Winton MFG about their work composting food and yard waste in our community. This presentation is an awesome opportunity to hear about the history, operations, and future of our neighborhood composting services!
Planetarium Night Sky Viewing
Thursday, February 1st
Learn about the night sky with WRI! We'll begin our night in the planetarium to witness the sky through different seasons and learn about winter constellations. If the weather allows, we'll embark on a guided walk with Dr. Cassandra Fallscheer, Associate Professor of Physics at Central Washington University. Register below!
Save the Date! Mid-Winter Break Camp Registration
Tuesday, January 16th at 5:30PM
Spend Mid-Winter Break with WRI! Participants will spend their days outdoors, exploring WRI and the surrounding park, walking through forested habitats, snowy meadows, and along the river. Participants will investigate and learn about the world around us, play fun games, and do art activities! This year, Mid-Winter Break camp will be pay what you can. We hope that families can use our camp cost breakdown to understand how camp operates and contribute as you can. Thank you!
Día de los Reyes - Event Recap
This Saturday, WRI partnered with Faith Lutheran Church, and Leavenworth Immigration/Race Justice Group, and Sarabia's Landscaping to host our first annual Día de los Reyes celebration. The WRI campus was full of merriment and joy as families from across the valley gathered to celebrate Latino culture and faith. Attendees enjoyed tamales, pozole, rosca, gifts, and performances by Folklorico Tierra del Sol, and Kataleya Garcia. WRI is honored to host this event and appreciates the opportunity to receive the gift of wisdom and told experiences by Latinx folks in north central Washington. We look forward to seeing how this event grows in years to come.
Are you a fly fishing and tying expert? WRI needs the help of our community anglers to help Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers with an introductory fly tying class series starting February 8th. This 4 class series will meet weekly to give novice fly fishers an opportunity to learn about tying flies and discover the entomological connections between food and fish. We would like to have 2-3 volunteers per class. You can sign up for as many or as few as you'd like! If you are interested in volunteering, email Mason here.
Diary of a Land Steward - Entry #1
Note - while previously inspired by local flora, our Land Steward has become bored of routine. In interest of his enrichment, we have elected to expand upon his topics in a new series, 'Diary of a Land Steward'. Below is his first entry.
We have ourselves a microcosm of a changing climate, concentrated in one extraordinarily odd El Niño winter. Perhaps we can use this experience to practice what we’ll do as “climate weirding” continues. We can try growing new food plants that will survive warmer winters, build water-retaining earthworks to make the landscapes more water-retentive, and direct stormwater runoff to gardens for irrigation minimization. We can actively thin forest land, convert ladder fuels to biochar, preserve wetlands as natural sponges, and expand riparian zones through BDAs or better yet, beavers. The list goes on, yet the answers are relatively simple. We must act locally in every possible way. Care for, harvest from, and regenerate local landscapes. Store and recycle water in forms that lead to greater edible abundance. Create functional uses for the byproducts of wildfire-resilient forest stewardship. Let it snow.
Entry by Sean Eriksen, Land Steward
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