Activity Information


Introduction To the Natural World Course

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05/14/13 - 09/24/13

Seattle Naturalists

Gordon Swartzman

7:00 PM

Mountaineers Program Center

Member: $90.00 / Non Member: $140.00
Cancellation and Refund Policy

An Introduction to the Natural World course is designed for hikers, climbers, photographers, scramblers, and conservationists who want to learn more about the mountains they enjoy. Using the "Field Guide to the Cascades and Olympics" by Stephen Whitney and Rob Sandelin as a resource, you will learn the basics of how to identify flowers, shrubs, trees, birds, mammals, butterflies and other forms of life. Instructors are volunteers, eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm of nature. Field trips will be organized with faster and slower paced groups to accommodate all fitness levels.

The course includes four presentations at the Mountaineers Program Center at Magnuson Park Seattle, and four field trips (2 local and 2 in the mountains). Participation in all activities is not required. To graduate, submit a list of 100 identified species. We will celebrate your success and get to know other naturalists at a potluck in September. The goal is to have fun and to learn.
LECTURES 2013- (Tuesdays 7-9pm)

May 14 - Introduction, Geology and Climate, Life Zones, and Conifers

June 4 - Birds, Ferns, and Flowers

June 18 - Insects and Butterflies, Eastside Flowers and Birds.

July 16 - Amphibians and Reptiles, Mt Rainier flowers, Mammals and their Signs.


May 15-31 - (various half-day Sat or Sun, some weekday evenings) Local parks (coastal forest plants, trees, shrubs and ecosystems).

June 5-16 - (various-Sat or Sun mornings, some weekday evenings) Local Parks-Birds

July 13 or 14 - (Sat or Sun, full day)* - Teanaway area

August 17 or 18 - (Sat or Sun, full day)* - Mount Rainier National Park

*Dates may change depending on snow levels. Cancellation Fee of $20 for all cancellations after course closing date of 5/10/13.

03/01/13 @ 9:00 AM

05/10/13 @ 5:00 PM

Trip Data




Field Guide to the Cascades and Olympics


New Members Welcome!