Introduction to the Natural World - Seattle - 2017

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.


 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.

 

In addition, class activities include a half day stewardship and plant identificatin session in the Mountaineers Native Plant garden.  This activity will appear in the course activities.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Stewardship - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Roster
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Course Materials
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INW 2018 Course Materials

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