October 19th E-NEWSLETTER
Red Barn Event: Cascadia Field Guide
Thursday, October 19th
Poet, naturalist, and co-editor Derek Sheffield will lead you on a saunter through this collection of art and knowledge. WRI is excited to partner with A Book for All Seasons to bring this night to you. Come with an open mind to learn and appreciate the wonderous land we call home.
Friday, October 20th and 27th
Join WRI's naturalists for a beginner-friendly walk through Waterfront Park. Not only will you have a prime view of golden foliage, but also an opportunity to learn about the plants, animals, and humans of Leavenworth. Register for your desired date below.
Wednesday Wenatchee Birding
Wednesday, October 25th
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: Climate Change - CO2, Smoke, and Haze, Oh My!
Thursday, October 26th
There's a lot going on in our skies that affect climate change. Join WRI and local atmospheric scientist and WRI board member, Dr. Sarah Doherty, to learn about how different particles in our atmosphere impact our climate.
Make a Difference Day with WRI
Saturday, October 28th
For Make a Difference Day, we will be working in the E. Lorene Young Community Garden. Help us replace our old garden boxes with new cedar ones for future gardeners. This is a family friendly volunteer event! WRI will have the materials and hand tools available for the work. RSVP for this volunteer day below!
Red Barn Event: Stories from the North Karakorum Ski Expedition
Thursday, November 2nd
The Karakoram mountain range, also referred to as the "Throne Room of the Mountain Gods," rises to over 20,000ft in Northern Pakistan. Join 2 members of the original 1994 ski traverse, Bill Gaines and Susan Thomas, as they retell their stories and share their breathtaking images from this experience.
Red Barn Event: Stevens Pass - Season Updates
Thursday, November 9th
What's going on at your local ski hill? Find out from Ellen Galbraith, VP and General Manager of Stevens Pass Ski Area. Join us as she updates us on what she learned last season, what's in store for the upcoming year, and an opportunity for Q & A at the end of the night.
Naturalist Trivia at Bushel & Bee
Tuesday, November 14th
Test your natural knowledge against WRI's educators! Bushel and Bee Taproom is hosting our first ever Naturalist Trivia. Bring your friends and form teams of 2-6 for a chance to win prizes and absolute bragging rights over other nature nerds in the valley. This event is 21+ and there will be alcohol sales through our host.
Youth Field Days - 4th Graders Were Watershed Naturalists
Every year, 4th grade students from Vale and Alpine Lakes Elementary Schools visit WRI for our Watershed Naturalist Field Day program. Check out some highlights below!
Four 4th grade classrooms from Alpine Lakes Elementary visited WRI for 4 half Field Days. Students use WRI's resources to build their understanding of the world around them. Field Day activities ranged from a pH lab using cabbage, macroinvertebrate hunting, watershed exploration, to Andy Goldsworthy nature art projects.
Students from five 4th grade classes at Vale Elementary in Cashmere visited WRI for Field Days! Each class visited for a full day. With the help of our watershed model, students learned what a watershed is and how erosion works. Donning rainboots, they took to the rivers in search of macroinvertebrates after looking for salmon on a riparian habitat hike.
2023 Fall Camp Registration is Open!
Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th
WRI is excited to invite K-3 students to join us for 2 days of fall fun outdoors! Participants will investigate and learn about the world around us through fun games, art projects, and even a Halloween-themed activity! This camp is Pay What You Can. We hope that families with the resources can offset costs for families who don't have the same access. There are only 2 spots remaining, so hurry to reserve yours today!
Sunset & S'mores Recap - A Great Success!
As the sun set on the Wenatchee River, WRI supporters, staff, board members, and friends all gathered in the Red Barn for dinner, drinks, and lively conversation. We could not be more grateful to our Events Committee who adapted their plans to the weather and put on a night to remember. Congratulations to our raffle winners, Sarah Doherty, Jeremiah Rath, Diane Dickinson, and Shanda Holm. The staff at WRI extends their gratitude to everybody who attended. We can't wait to see you all again next year.
You've Got Mail! Field Notes are Here!
Curious about what's going on behind the scenes at WRI? Take a look at our Field Notes for a recap of our spring and summer progress. From summer camp lotteries to our updated core values, Field Notes are a great way to keep up with WRI's highlights and goings on from the last 6 season. Check your mailbox or take a look at our digital version on our website to read yours. Want to receive Field Notes in the future? Contact Randee with your current mailing address.
Local Plant Highlight #4
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
A book could be (and probably already has been) written about the Ponderosa Pine… It is as essential to the land as the salmon are essential to the river. The Ponderosa Pines that adorn these lands are the oldest, wisest, most resilient plants we have in this bioregion. These trees are adapted to handle fire, as you’ll see evident by black burn scars along some of their trunks. Historically, as fires swept through pine forests, low-lying grasses and brush would be wiped out in the understory, allowing the high-canopied and self-pruning Ponderosas to carry forth. These trees also provide immense amounts of oxygen, climate stabilization, shade, water-holding capacity, and forage for a variety of wildlife. And, their bark smells like vanilla (or chocolate chip cookie dough). From the roots to the trunks to the bark to the needles, these trees are an entire ecosystem within themselves. Oh, and you can make tea and baskets with the needles, among countless other things.
Entry by Sean Eriksen, Land Steward
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