|**News and Events: Enrolling Now: Introduction to the Natural World|
|Mon, March 28, 2005 11:04 AM|
An Introduction to the Natural World is a course designed for hikers, climbers, photographers, scramblers, and conservationists who want to learn more about the mountains they enjoy. Using "A Field Guide to the Cascades and Olympics" by Stephen Whitney as a text, students will learn how to identify flowers, shrubs, trees, birds, mammals, butterflies and other forms of life. Geology will also be explored. Instructors are volunteers who are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for natural history. Field trips will be organized with faster- and slower-paced groups to accommodate all fitness levels.
Beginners and experienced outdoor enthusiasts alike will enjoy this course. It includes four presentations at the Mountaineers Building and three field trips in the mountains. Participation in all activities is not required. The goal is to have fun and to learn.
Presentations (7 p.m. - 9 p.m.) and highlights:
Wednesday, May 18 - Introduction, Life Zones, and Coastal Forest Trees
Thursday, June 2 - Birds and the Ponderosa Pine Zone
Thursday, June 16 - Wildflowers and the Silver Fir Zone
Thursday, July 14 - Mammals, Butterflies, and the Subalpine Zone
Field Trips and highlights:
Sat. or Sun., June 4-5 - Leavenworth (Birds and Ponderosa Pine Zone plants)
Sat. or Sun., June 25-26 - Teanaway Area (East-side wildflowers)
Sat. or Sun., July 23-24 - Spray Park, Mt. Rainier NP (Trees and Subalpine wildflowers)
Participation and Fees:
This course is open to members and non-members. The minimum age is 14. The course fee is $50 for mountain members and $75 for non-members. Members may buy the course text at the Mountaineers Bookstore and receive a 20% discount.
Registration is open through April 30. There are three ways to register: on-line, by phone at (206) 284-8484, or by mail using the Seattle Branch Course Registration Form.
Questions? You can find additional information about the course, including a species list, at www.mountaineers.org/naturalists. Or Contact Don Schaechtel, course leader, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206) 938-2125.