The Seattle Naturalists
Welcome to the Seattle Naturalists web page!
The Seattle Naturalists offer opportunities to learn
about the plants, animals, marine life, and geology
of the Pacific Northwest. We also encourage
participants to volunteer as instructors, trip
leaders, and native plant stewards as their
knowledge and skills develop.
field trips, lectures, and courses to
Mountaineer members and the general public. We
are taking part in education out-reach programs led
by Mountaineer staff members.
The Naturalists are
also sponsoring and creating the Magnuson Park
Native Plant Garden, adjacent to the Mountaineer
For May 2013
- Sign up ends Friday,
for the 2013 "An
Introduction to the Natural World" course
. Sign up now !
- Umtanum Ridge on
Saturday, May 4th. Located in eastern Washington
along the Yakima River south of Ellensburg this
trail is part of the Lt. Murray Wildlife Area
developed by Fish and Wildlife. It is open
for hiking May 1st and Discover Pass is
required. Wonderful Spring hike for canyon and
upland desert flora and fauna. Follow the creek
for a short while and take a left following an
old road to the top of the ridge. Travel along
the ridge to a deserted cabin which is a good
More information and Signup.
- Weekend Trip
- Stein River Canyon (British Columbia) on May
4th & 5th. The Stein River canyon offers scenic
hiking in rain-shadow valley rich with spring
wildflowers, abundant lichens, fungi, many birds
and butterflies, mammals and other wildlife.
More information & signup.
- Workshop -
Nature Recording Workshop on May 10-12, 2013 at
Urban Horticultural Center at UW.
NatureSound.Org and the University of
Washington will be teaching state-of-the-art
techniques for recording the sounds of
wildlife. Participants will learn through daily
field recording sessions and
lecture/discussions. Workshop fee: $89.
Nature Recording Workshop Information
- Eastern Washington
Songbird Workshop at the Mountaineers at
7:00 PM. Review key identifying
features of the common families of songbirds. An
associated field trip will held the following
Workshop Information and Signup
Field Trip Information and Signup
- Iron Bear on
Sunday, June 2nd. This hike is called
Teanaway Ridge in "Day Hiking Snoqualmie
Region". Hike at a moderately brisk
pace but will pause frequently to enjoy spring
More information and Signup
- Trip Leaders! If you are currently on our leader list,
we encourage you to consider signing up to
least one trip in 2013. We will be more than
happy to provide you with any assistance you
feel you need in the way of assistant leaders,
mentors or aspiring leaders.
- Join the
Seattle Naturalists Study Group. Reminder: all new
graduates of our course have automatic permission to sign up. Sign Up
is open all year. Benefits include special
events, trips, and free admission to the Study
Join the Study Group
- Upcoming lectures in the
Study Group Lecture Series All lectures are on
Thursdays, at 7 PM at the Mountaineer Program
Center at Magnuson Park, Seattle. $5
donation requested at the door to help defray
The 2013-2014 lecture series is being
put together at this time.
- Bird Photos
were kindly provided by Doug
Schurman. Each photo is a link to the
original, full-size photograph. Visit his
website to enjoy a wide variety of
There are many activities available for Mountaineer
members and the general public. We host talks
on Natural world topics, go out on flower
identification trips, explore the beaches of Puget
Sound, search for mammal tracks in the winter snow,
spend 3 day weekends in Canada, Oregon, and all over
Check back often - trips are regularly added to the
Course: Introduction to The Natural World
Every May, we offer "An Introduction to the Natural
World", a course that explores the plants, animals,
geology, and ecology of the Cascades and Olympics. The course
consists of 4 Tuesday evening presentations and 4
field trips, running through the end of July.
This is a beginners course.
You may register on the Mountaineer Website
starting in March. If you already have some knowledge, the
Study Group may be more appropriate for you.
The Study Group
Those with some knowledge of the Natural
World, and Graduates of our Intro course, are invited to join The
Study Group. Study Group activities include
special presentations by
local plant and wildlife experts, opportunities for
advanced courses, an invitation to sit in on the
yearly Intro course, and special day/weekend Naturalists
outings. A one-time fee gives you a lifetime
membership in the Study Group.
Local Naturalist Groups
There are a number of other groups that complement
the Mountaineers Naturalists. Groups such as
Burke Museum, • Eastside Audubon,
• Puget Sound Mycological Society, •
Washington Native Plant Society
and field trips that tend to concentrate in a
particular area of study. Consider becoming a member of one or more of
these groups, and take advantage of their
About the Naturalists
Learn more about the Seattle Naturalists, and
consider volunteering to support the programs.