September 7th E-NEWSLETTER
SAVE THE DATE:
Leavenworth Mayoral Forum at WRI
Tuesday, October 17th
Connecting people and communities is a core part of WRI's mission. We are proud to be a gathering space welcome to all. It's for this reason that we are giving the community an opportunity to learn about how the two Leavenworth mayoral candidates want to distinguish themselves around issues that matter to our community and WRI's mission.
Community members will have the opportunity to submit questions via an online form before the event. In order to be more inclusive, this event will also be available via Zoom and free childcare will be offered during the event. Stay tuned for more information!
Early Registration: Fall Fungi Field Trip
As a membership perk, WRI members will receive early access to registration for the popular fungi field trip happening this fall on Saturday, October 21st. This workshop fills up very quickly! Members will be sent an email next Friday, September 15th with a member's only link for registration.
Not a member? Donate by Friday, September 15th at noon. Any remaining spots will be available for general registration on Monday, September 18th.
Birding by the River
Wednesday, September 13th
Join WRI for Birding by the River happening 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:
Inspiring Community-driven Conservation
Thursday, September 14th
Join WRI and Trust For Public Land for the first Red Barn Event of the 2023-2024 season! Learn about the Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Plan, which aims to add 35,000 acres of publicly owned land, reduce wildfire risk, and increase access to trails.
Cascades Track & Sign Evaluation with David Moskowitz
Saturday, Sept. 16th AND Sunday, Sept. 17th
Spend two full days in the greater Leavenworth area, with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist, educator and author, David Moskowitz. This class, put on by CyberTracker North America, is a wildlife track and sign evaluation. Join us for an excellent opportunity to learn, and potentially achieve a certificate!
Red Barn Event:
Fall Color Hikes
with Tami Asars
Friday, September 22nd
Join WRI and A Book for All Seasons to welcome writer and nature photographer, Tami Asars! She will walk us through some of her favorite autumn hikes and colorful scenic drives from her latest book, Fall Color Hikes: Washington.
Bilingual Salmon Spawning Tour
Saturday, September 23rd
Join WRI and Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and Cascade Fisheries on this driving tour to observe and learn about the last stages of a salmon's life. Education for this event will be bilingual in English and Spanish. Learn about the amazing world of fish and how fish need our help!
Hawk Watching with WRI
Sunday, September 24th
Join WRI for a birding trip to Sugarloaf Peak! Late September is a great time to observe migration of all types of birds, particularly hawks and other raptors. You’ll learn about these fascinating birds and their migration from two local birders.
Wednesday Wenatchee Birding
Wednesday, September 27th
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.
Every Friday from September 29th through November 3rd
Join WRI's resident 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.
Our 2023 summer camps are a wrap! This year was a little different since we introduced the Summer Camp Lottery earlier this spring. This year, we offered 14 camps through the lottery, plus the camp held with students enrolled in Wenatchee School District's After School Program with WRI. In the 14 camps we offered, 158 individual students enrolled and filled 173 total spots (some students attended multiple camps). This means more students participated in camps this year and the lottery was successful in increasing inclusivity in WRI Summer Camps! Overall, it was a wonderful summer of fun and learning outside.
Check out all the photos from summer camps in our Facebook album here.
Volunteer Training: Youth Education
Monday, September 18th
WRI is holding a Volunteer Training for those who are interested in contributing their time to WRI's Youth Programs this fall! This is an optional training designed for new volunteers and also serves as a good "refresher" for more seasoned participants. Learn more and RSVP below. Interested in volunteering, but can't make it? Email Mason.
Local Plant Highlight #1
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
Hi all! My name is Oregon Grape, and some people call me Mahonia aquifolium! I’m one of your neighbors here in the Wenatchee Valley, and happy to share a little about myself in hopes that we can have a better relationship! You can usually find me hanging out around the base of a Ponderosa Pine, but I’m adaptable to sunny or shady locations. If we’ve ever met before, hopefully you didn’t accidentally get poked by my leaves, leaving you upset with my form. But there’s more to me than my leaves! I have beautiful flowers much loved by insects and hummingbirds, tart edible berries that can be made into preserves and wines, and incredibly medicinal roots. Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself today, and I look forward to seeing each other soon!
Entry by Sean Eriksen, Land Steward
Join the Greater Leavenworth Museum in celebrating the grand opening of their new exhibit honoring the history, culture, and ongoing legacy of the original stewards of this land, the šnp̍əšqʷáw̉šəxʷ people. Activities at the Front Street Park Gazebo will include guest speakers, traditional basketry demos, p'squosa artisans, and more. The full exhibit is open for all to visit at the Greater Leavenworth Museum on 735 Front Street.
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