Introduction to the Natural World Course - Seattle - 2016

Exploring Nature Course

Introduction to the Natural World Course

An introductory course for the outdoors person interested in learning more about the natural world they are exploring. This course is recommended for those 18 and older.

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COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Note: Field trips are still being set up. They typically are held the weekend following a lecture. (Mount Rainier trip will likely occur the 1st weekend in August)

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.

An Introduction to the Natural World course is designed for beginning naturalists. More experienced students are always welcome and invited to contribute as they learn even more. Successful completion of the course opens the door to membership in the Naturalist Study Group to continue the adventure through workshops, field trips and  lectures.

The course includes four presentations at the Mountaineers Program Center at Magnuson Park Seattle, four field trips (2 local and 2 in the mountains), and one stewardship activity at the Mountaineers Native Plant Garden.

Field trips typically occur the weekends following the lectures.  Snowpack conditions may shift the dates of the Teanaway and Mount Rainier field trips.

Participation in all activities is not required but strongly encouraged.

To graduate, submit a list of 100 identified species. We will celebrate your success and get to know other naturalists at a potluck on September 20, 2016. The goal is to have fun and to learn.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Lecture 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 10, 2017
Registration closed Apr 8
9 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 9, 2020
Registration closed Apr 7
44 participants
16 instructors
Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Discovery Park
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Registration closed Apr 11
0 participants
Carkeek Park
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Registration closed Apr 14
0 participants
0 instructors
Discovery Park
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Registration closed Apr 11
4 participants
0 instructors
Discovery Park
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Registration closed Apr 21
1 participant
Discovery Park
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Registration closed Apr 22
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Seward Park
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Registration closed Apr 26
1 participant
0 instructors
Discovery Park
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Registration closed Apr 19
7 participants
0 instructors
Wolf Creek Nature Trail
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Registration closed Apr 20
3 participants
Wolf Creek Nature Trail
Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Registration closed Apr 21
2 participants
0 instructors
Carkeek Park
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
Registration closed Apr 24
7 participants
0 instructors
Carkeek Park
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Registration closed Apr 26
0 participants
0 instructors
Wolf Creek Nature Trail
Wed, Apr 3, 2019
Registration closed Apr 3
7 participants
0 instructors
Carkeek Park
Sat, Apr 13, 2019
Registration closed Apr 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sun, Apr 21, 2019
Registration closed Apr 19
8 participants
Lecture 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 8, 2017
Registration closed May 6
1 participant
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 7, 2020
Registration closed May 5
80 participants
17 instructors
Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Marymoor Park
Sun, May 14, 2017
Registration closed May 12
6 participants
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Sun, May 21, 2017
Registration closed May 19
1 participant on waitlist
Magnuson Park
Wed, May 24, 2017
Registration closed May 22
6 participants
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, May 27, 2017
Registration closed May 25
0 participants
Magnuson Park
Thu, May 10, 2018
Registration closed May 8
6 participants
Magnuson Park
Fri, May 11, 2018
Registration closed May 9
7 participants
Magnuson Park
Sat, May 12, 2018
Registration closed May 10
0 participants
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area)
Tue, May 15, 2018
Registration closed May 22
5 participants
1 instructor
Stillwater Natural Area
Thu, May 17, 2018
Registration closed May 16
10 participants
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Thu, May 24, 2018
Registration closed May 12
2 participants on waitlist
Magnuson Park
Thu, May 9, 2019
Registration closed May 8
10 participants
1 instructor
Magnuson Park
Fri, May 10, 2019
Registration closed May 9
6 participants
1 instructor
Edmonds Marsh
Fri, May 17, 2019
Registration closed May 9
5 participants
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Sun, May 19, 2019
Registration closed May 17
1 participant
1 instructor
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Mon, May 20, 2019
Registration closed May 18
7 participants
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, May 23, 2019
Registration closed May 21
1 participant
1 instructor
Magnuson Park
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closed May 23
4 participants
0 instructors
Stillwater Natural Area
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Registration closed Jun 6
4 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Stewardship - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Sat, May 20, 2017
Registration closed May 18
2 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, May 20, 2017
Registration closed May 18
21 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, May 21, 2017
Registration closed May 19
17 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, May 21, 2017
Registration closed May 19
19 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, May 20, 2018
Registration closed May 18
27 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, May 20, 2018
Registration closed May 18
24 participants
2 instructors
Lecture 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Jun 5, 2017
Registration closed Jun 3
6 participants on waitlist
Esmeralda Basin & Fortune Creek Pass
Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Registration closed Jun 22
5 participants
Bean Creek Basin
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Registration closed Jun 23
9 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jun 4, 2020
Registration closed Jun 2
80 participants
19 instructors
Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Iron Bear
Sat, Jun 17, 2017
Registration closed Jun 15
6 participants on waitlist
Bean Creek Basin
Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Registration closed Jun 22
5 participants
Iron Peak
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Registration closed Jun 23
2 participants
Iron Bear
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Registration closed Jun 20
3 participants on waitlist
Esmeralda Basin & Fortune Creek Pass
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
Registration closed Jun 28
1 participant on waitlist
DeRoux Creek-Gallagher Head Lake
Sun, Jul 1, 2018
Registration closed Jun 29
2 participants
0 instructors
Esmeralda Basin
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
Registration closed Jun 28
5 participants
0 instructors
Esmeralda Basin
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Registration closed Jun 27
1 participant
0 instructors
Iron Peak
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Registration closed Jun 28
2 participants
1 instructor
Lecture 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Registration closed Jul 11
7 participants
Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)
Sat, Aug 5, 2017
Registration closed Aug 3
3 participants
Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)
Sun, Aug 6, 2017
Registration closed Aug 4
8 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jul 9, 2020
Registration closed Jul 7
80 participants
18 instructors
Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Berkeley Park (Mount Rainier)
Thu, Aug 3, 2017
Registration closed Aug 1
4 participants
Berkeley Park (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Aug 5, 2017
Registration closed Aug 3
6 participants
Palisades Lakes
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Registration closed Jul 18
6 participants
Berkeley Park (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Registration closed Jul 19
6 participants
Dewey Lake, Naches Peak Loop & Pacific Crest Trail
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Registration closed Jul 20
2 participants
Berkeley Park (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Jul 28, 2018
Registration closed Jul 26
0 participants
Berkeley Park
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Registration closed Jul 19
2 participants
0 instructors
Berkeley Park
Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Registration closed Jul 25
5 participants
0 instructors
Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
Registration closed Jul 26
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Graduation Potluck (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Sep 9, 2019
Registration closed Sep 7
62 participants
12 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Sep 24, 2020
Registration closed Sep 22
80 participants
39 instructors
Pre-Lecture: (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 9, 2020
Registration closed Apr 7
72 participants
18 instructors
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