September 21st E-NEWSLETTER
Sunset & S'mores
Wednesday, October 12th
Wenatchee River Institute
You're invited to WRI's Sunset & S'mores party! Come gather for s'more fun with WRI! Join us for a camp meal including BBQ boneless ribs, sides, salads, s'mores desserts, and drinks, plus live music with local musician, Corban Welter! Socialize with fellow WRI supporters, board members, staff, and students! This event will be both indoors and outdoors. This is not a fundraiser.
Please RSVP by October 1st!
Apply Now: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It's not too late to apply to become WRI’s next Executive Director! Join us in our mission to connect people, communities and the natural world. We are in a strong position to seek a new leader, one who will maintain and expand our relationships and assets so we may deepen our mission impact.
To find the full announcement, job description, and how to apply, click the button below.
Red Barn Event:
Wednesday, September 28th
Join WRI and A Book for All Seasons to welcome award-winning journalist and nature photographer, Timothy Connor, to discuss his book, Beautiful Wounds. Learn about the rugged beauty and diverse natural features of the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington!
Select dates from Thursday, September 29th through Saturday, November 5th
Join one of WRI's knowledgeable naturalists for a two-hour autumn amble. Come take a walk with us as the air begins to cool and the leaves turn gold. You will learn about the natural and cultural history of Leavenworth with many scenic views along the way!
Chelan Ridge HawkWatch
Saturday, October 1st
Join WRI for a field trip to the Chelan Ridge HawkWatch International observation point! Each fall, thousands of hawks, eagles, and falcons fly along a high ridge above Lake Chelan on their way to winter territories. Come join us to witness this amazing spectacle! Space is limited and carpooling is included.
Fall Fungi Field Trip
Saturday, October 8th
Fall mushroom season is here! WRI and Puget Sound Mycological Society are teaming up to host a Fall Fungi Field Trip. You will have the option to be guided in nearby locations for fungi foraging. Later, you will return to WRI for mushroom ID. Tickets are FREE, but limited. Spots will fill quickly, sign up ASAP!
SAVE THE DATE!
Fall Camp (K-3) Registration Opens
Wednesday, September 28th
This year, Fall Camp is happening from Thursday, October 27th through Friday, October 28th for students in grades K-3. Students will spend two fun, fall days outdoors, exploring the WRI campus and the surrounding area and doing fun activities! Registration will open on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30PM. Please note that there are only 13 spots in this camp, so it may fill quickly.
Since school has gone back into session, we've been busy planning fall youth programs. In the last two weeks, we've done several Field Days with local schools and participated in Salmon Fest. Read some highlights below:
Two 5th grade classrooms from Alpine Lakes Elementary visited WRI for a Field Day! They were earth explorers and learned about erosion control and fire ecology. Unfortunately, the other two 5th grade classrooms couldn't visit WRI because of the smoke level. They will join us later this fall!
WRI visited four 1st grade classrooms at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary for Field Days! They were Nature Detectives as they searched for and gathered opposites in nature and looked for beanie babies camouflaged in their school yard.
Wenatchee River Salmon Festival
WRI was invited to help with School Days at the 30th annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival last week! This year, the festival was held at the Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center. WRI partnered with Cascadia Conservation District (CCD) on some activities for elementary school students and high school students in the special education program. These students visited Salmon Fest with their schools! CCD had several rotating stations offering educational activities for students. WRI was stationed at the rolling rivers stream table teaching about erosion, flooding, and watersheds.
Welcome to the WRI Team, Chelsea!
Help us welcome WRI's newest team member, Chelsea Trout! Chelsea just started as a Community Programs Educator. She will work to plan and implement Community Programs such as workshops, field trips, and Red Barn Events. Chelsea earned her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science/Biology with a minor in Spanish at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She comes to us after teaching High School Biology and Ecology at the Okanogan High School and also has several years of experience working in environmental education. We are excited to have you here, Chelsea! Learn more about her here.
Fall is here (or at least it feels like it) and you know what that means! It's a busy season of programming at WRI, both Youth and Community Programs. We are in need of some volunteers for a handful of programs coming up.
- Field Days
Hands-on science and exploration for students grades K-6 at the WRI campus. These are typically full day programs and almost all outside.
- Traveling Naturalist
Staff visit a total of twenty-six 4th and 5th grade classrooms across North Central Washington once a month throughout the school year. Volunteers can carpool with staff and assist with classroom visits.
Interested in helping? Click the button below to see all upcoming opportunities. Please register for your desired date and program.
- Red Barn Events
Hybrid technology is used to livestream Red Barn Events via Zoom, record the events, and post them to YouTube. We are looking for a couple of volunteers to be trained to assist with our hybrid system during Red Barn Events (it's easier than it sounds!). Email Randee if you are interested.
- Snowshoe Strolls
It's never too early to plan for winter! Our Snowshoe Strolls begin in January. Are you interested in snowshoeing? We are looking for volunteers to co-lead or be the caboose for groups. This program couldn't be possible without the help of volunteers! Email Randee if you are interested.
You can sign up for our volunteer list and see all upcoming opportunities by clicking the button below. You can also email Randee to learn more about how you can get involved.
Thank you to our donors from the last two weeks!
Karen and Curt Haire - Sustaining
Candace and Chuck Egner - Sustaining
Diane Patterson and David Stoller - Sustaining
Kamuron Gurol - Sustaining
Kelly and Mark Hassinger
NCW Audubon Society
Tracy and Ben Brulotte - Sustaining
Dave and Pat Notter - Sustaining
Tiffany Brine-Davies and Bill Davies - Sustaining
Dave and Nancy Bartholomew - Sustaining
Lisi Ott - Sustaining
Gro Buer and Bruce Williams - Sustaining
Mary Carol Nelson - Sustaining
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