November 15th E-NEWSLETTER
Save the Date: The 2024 Trashion Show
Friday, April 19th
Calling all dumpster diving designers! It's time to start getting ready for the 2024 Trashion Show. We're so excited to see all of your environmentally-conscious ensembles strut down the runway next April. We can't get enough of last year's People's Choice winner who constructed this gown out of a retired parachute. Start gathering your teams, supplies, and enthusiasm and keep an eye out for designer registration dates in January. We'll see you there!
Wednesday Wenatchee Birding
Wednesday, November 22nd
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: The 50 Peaks Project
Thursday, November 30th
We're bringing a new format to the Red Barn! Join WRI and the Washington Native Plant Society for a virtual presentation screening on the 50 Peaks Project, a 5 year study to study vascular plants on 50 Cascade peaks. There will be live interaction and questions after the presentation.
Pybus University: Nature Journaling with WRI
Tuesday, December 5th
Are you curious about the natural world around you? Join us at this Pybus University class for a unique opportunity to explore a collection of bird specimens. We'll take a closer look at the lives of birds and create nature journal entries while observing real bird specimen up close! Registration through Eventbrite link on event page.
NWAC Avalanche Awareness Class
Thursday, December 7th
Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard, or snowmobile, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. This class provides a basic approach to managing risk. Join NWAC instructor, Katie Strahl, for this free introductory class.
Red Barn Event: Skiing: Then, Now, and Beyond
Wednesday, December 13th
Ski culture is deeper than most people may realize. WRI, the Greater Leavenworth Museum, and the Northwest Ski Museum are excited to host 2 PNW ski legends in the Red Barn for a deeper look into what shapes the culture around the sport they love. Join Lowell Skoog, founder of the Northwest Mountaineering Journal, as he teams up with Michael "Bird" Shaffer for this can't miss event.
Thursday, December 20th
Take advantage of the longest night of the year with some astronomy with WRI! We'll begin this night in our 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!
Alpine Lakes 5th Graders were Lichenologists
Four 5th grade classrooms from Alpine Lakes Elementary visited the WRI campus for a Field Day filled with exploration and educational fun. These young naturalists tried their hand at lichenology as they explored the growing patterns of wolf lichen on ponderosa pine trees. They then collected samples to investigate under a stereoscope. One student was particularly amazed by what they saw, "I wish I could have a screensaver of what I saw under the stereoscope!" they shared.
Event Highlights: Red Barn Event - Stories from the Karakorum Ski Expedition
Talk about a full barn! Earlier this month, Susan Thomas and Bill Gaines retold their epic story of the first ever ski traverse of the Karakorum Mountain range. With a backdrop of their stunning images from the expedition, Susan and Bill captivated an audience of nearly 100 people with stories of unlikely friends, navigating whiteouts, deep telemark turns, and even an engagement! Couldn't make it to the event? Check out the full recording on YouTube here. Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar for more exciting nights in the Red Barn coming up!
Saying Farewell - A Special Edition Plant Highlight
European Birch (Betula pendula)
T’is a sad day at WRI, as outside the River Haus there is but a mere stump that awaits you (in addition to a pile of large logs and stumps available for community harvest). This tree, among with many others of its kin planted at similar times across the Wenatchee Valley, are the end of a generation. European Birch trees live for about 150 years in their native habitat, but only 100 years in urban areas. As this tree entered its mortality spiral, its rotted branches became a hazard for pedestrians walking below. Originally inhabiting a range from western Europe to Mongolia and south to Morocco, Betula pendula traveled across the seas and spread throughout much of North America. Fear not as this tree fades from our area, it is often a “pioneer species”, creating habitat for other species to enter as it exits. Now, an opportunity arises, what shall we plant in its wake?
If you have ideas for how to use and repurpose the wood from this tree, feel free to reply to this email or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry by Sean Eriksen, Land Steward
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