BeWild: Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain - Feb 15

Get a look inside Braided River's new book "Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain" and join us for an in-person panel discussion at the Seattle Program Center on Thursday, February 15.
Avery Kernan Avery Kernan
Associate Director of Events & Facilities
January 01, 2024
BeWild: Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain - Feb 15

The Mountaineers BeWild Speaker Series puts passion and adventure on center stage. Join us at BeWild with Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain: Washington's Olympic Peninsula contributors on February 15 to unlock inspiration, seek adventure, connect with nature, and work to protect the wild places we cherish.

Join a vibrant collection of people with deep connections to the Olympic Peninsula as they share images and personal stories about the past, present, and future of this incredible place. 



The event will feature storytelling and a panel of contributing writers from  Salmon, Cedar, Rock & Rain.We will have books available for purchase, and a book signing with the presenting contributors will follow the talk. 

  • Doors: 6pm
  • Panel Discussion: 6:30pm
  • Book Signing: 7:30pm


Wendy Sampson is a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) and lives on the reservation with her family. She has been a Klallam language teacher for twenty years. Her career began as a high school student hired to work with tribal elders as a teacher apprentice. After attending college, she returned home and earned her Klallam language teacher certification in 2003 and eventually became the program manager. She is now a teacher for the Port Angeles School District offering courses in the Klallam language as well as history classes from a tribal perspective. Wendy remains dedicated to sharing her knowledge in an effort to continue revitalizing the Klallam language and culture in her community.

Lynda V. Mapes is an award-winning journalist, author, and close observer of the natural world. She is the author of six books, including Orca: Shared Waters, Shared HomeWitness Tree: Seasons of Change in a Century Old Oak; and Elwha: A River Reborn. Lynda lives in Seattle where she covers nature, the environment, and tribes as a staff reporter for The Seattle Times.

Loni Grinnell-Greninger currently serves her people as the Vice Chairwoman at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, beginning her service in January 2020. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012, and her Masters of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Tribal Governance from The Evergreen State College in 2016. After spending four years working for the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services in Indian Policy and as a Tribal Liaison for Behavioral Health Services, she came home to Jamestown to serve her people. She currently serves as the Department Director of Social & Community Services. In both of her roles, she works closely with federal, state, and local governments, as well as numerous tribal and non-tribal organizations to engage in policy and cultural work for her tribe and on behalf of Indian Country.

p. 120 tidepooling at Rialto (photo by John Gussman).jpgPhoto By John Gussman, courtesy of the book Salmon, Cedar, Rock and Rain: Washington's Olympic Peninsula.


Braided River inspires people to protect wild places through images and stories that change perspectives. Western North America's public lands are under threat. Using the power of beautiful images, we publish photography books and create visually-driven multimedia advocacy campaigns to draw attention to these critical ecosystems. A nonprofit based in Seattle on Coast Salish land, we work in concert with conservation photographers, writers, grassroots organizations, and Indigenous communities to build greater public awareness and inspire action. Learn more at