November 2nd E-NEWSLETTER
Red Barn Event:
TONIGHT, November 2nd
Come learn about biochar! Biochar is a stable, carbon-rich material made by heating biomass in an oxygen-free environment. C6 Forest to Farm is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting our forests from the risks of extreme wildfire. They plan to establish biochar production near Cole’s Corner that will operate using forest waste materials.
Saturday, November 5th
The last one of the season! 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!
Beginner Bird Walk
Wednesday, November 9th
WRI's FREE Beginner Bird Walks happen on the second Wednesday of every month! Join us for as many as you can. You'll walk around the WRI campus with knowledgeable WRI staff. All birding experience levels are welcome. Need binoculars? We have loaners!
Red Barn Event: Lessons from the Mountains with Jeremy Jones
Saturday, November 12th
Join WRI and A Book for All Seasons to welcome professional snowboarder, author, and founder of Protect our Winters, Jeremy Jones! Jones will discuss his new book, The Art of Shralpinism: Lessons from the Mountains, with Northwest ski historian and author, Lowell Skoog.
Salmon: Showing Us the Way Home
Monday, November 14th
Red Barn Event:
Thursday, November 17th
Come learn about local recycling, the Waste Wizard tool, and how to minimize your waste this holiday season with Waste Loop and Sustainable NCW!
Introduction to Animal Tracking with Mark Kang-O'Higgins
Saturday, November 19th - Sunday, November 20th
Join WRI for a weekend introduction to the language of wildlife tracking. Throughout the weekend, you’ll gain a basic understanding of how to identify and interpret the commonly left tracks and sign of the wildlife in our region.
Pybus University: Indoor Gardening and Planning
Tuesday, November 29th
Have you always wanted to grow your own food, herbs, or flowers, but have never known where to start? It’s never too late in the year to start planning for the next! Join WRI Community Programs Educator, Chelsea Trout, for a workshop on indoor gardening!
Winter Wreath Classes
Friday, December 9th
Saturday, December 10th
Embrace the coming winter season by joining WRI and artist, florist, and event planner, Amy Wall, of Cashmere’s Salt of The Earth, to craft a festive wreath! There are three times available for the wreath class. Register for whichever you prefer!
Red Barn Event: The Wenatchee Mountains, Geology and Special Plants
Tuesday, December 13th
Join WRI and Washington Native Plant Society for a Red Barn Event! Help us welcome Ted Alway to speak about the Wenatchee Mountains, its geology, and the unique plants that grow here in response.
In the last two weeks, we've held Fall Camp, did some Field Days with local schools, and have progressed more in the Traveling Naturalist program. Read some highlights below:
Last Thursday and Friday was WRI's Fall Camp with 13 students in grades K-3! Students did a bunch of fun activities outside. They went on a salmon walk to learn about salmon and try to spot some in the river. They learned about owls and then made a pinecone owl craft to take home. On Friday, they came to camp wearing their Halloween costumes and then went on a spooky nature hike in search of spooky things like spiders, dead salmon, and mushrooms. Then they made spooky animal habitats on Danger Beach. They also looked at pumpkins and parts of pumpkins up close with their pocket microscopes, then they got to decorate them and roast pumpkin seeds to snack on!
In the last month, WRI has continued activities in the Traveling Naturalist in the Classroom program. WRI visits 26 fourth and fifth classrooms in 5 different schools across North Central Washington. All fourth grade classrooms have finished their second lesson now. Students learned all about adaptations of animals and played Adaptation Olympics. They also did an experiment testing the adaptation of opposable thumbs by trying to throw a football with and without their thumb.
Also in the last month, fifth grade classrooms from Orondo, Chelan, Manson, and Rock Island had their field trips to the WRI campus. During their trip at WRI, they learned all about erosion control, fire ecology, and went on an exploration hike! They wrote many of their observations in their nature journals. Fifth grade students from Brewster will be having their field trip next week to Lake Chelan State Park!
Students used their senses on two different scavenger hunts: one where they used fall-colored paint swatches to find similar colors in nature around their school, and another where they had to find similar things in nature that were shown to them in a bandana by using their memory. They also used their hearing senses by being quiet for a couple minutes to notice what sounds they heard around them.
Alpine Lakes Watershed Naturalists
All 4th grade classrooms from Alpine Lakes Elementary have now finished their 4-week rotation of Field Days at WRI! They finished it off by going on a riparian hike to look for salmon in the river. Then they did a nature art activity with Andy Goldsworthy.
Thank you to our volunteers from the past two weeks, Tim Abel and Beth Beck! Find volunteer opportunities and sign-up here.
This fall, WRI commissioned a sculpture from Swede Albert, a p'squosa artist in Omak. Swede crafted a salmon sculpture to honor and recognize the first people to this land. The salmon is a symbol of perseverance of the Indigenous People's traditions and culture. On Friday, Swede installed the sculpture on the WRI campus down by the Waterfront Park trail by the river. Swede stated, "it means the world to me to have an art piece established in my ancestral homelands".
This project could not be possible without the help from a grant from the Woods Family Music and Art Fund and some private donors. Thank you for your support and thank you to Swede for his hard work and beautiful art that will be shared with all who come to enjoy the Wenatchee River.
What are your end of year giving plans?
The season of giving is nearly here! Once again, the Wenatchee River Institute is excited to participate in the Community Foundation of North Central Washington's Give NCW campaign. This year, there are 75 local nonprofits participating! Give NCW opens on November 24th and runs until December 31st. Keep us in mind for your end of year giving so that we can continue to grow our programs in the new year!
We want to take a moment to thank all of the volunteers who took part in WRI's Make a Difference Day activity! There were a total of 12 volunteers who came to help cut back blackberry bushes and spread gravel over trails. Thanks to them, our pathway by the Red Barn leading to downtown is all clear. Thanks so much for your time!
Thank you to our donors from the last two weeks!
Lisi Ott - Sustaining
Bonnie and Victor Reddick
Four Point Taxidermy
Tara deArrieta - Sustaining
Mary Carol Nelson - Sustaining
Lynn Dickinson - Sustaining
Laura and Greg Reichlin - Sustaining
Christine Emmel - Sustaining
Kathryn and Doug Drew
Nancy and Tim Ahern
Diane and Herb Young - Sustaining
Gro Buer and Bruce Williams - Sustaining
Mark Weick and Carole Ann Borshard - Sustaining
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