Introduction to the Natural World Course - Seattle - 2018

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 and which we all came from.

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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.

***Students should register for only one field from each round, so one trip under Field Trip 1, one trip under Field Trip 2, etc.    

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 "Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains" by Daniel Mathews and recommended apps, such as "Washington Wildflower Search" for plants and Merlin for birds (both free) as  resources, 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 into smaller groups, with faster and slower paced options to accommodate all fitness levels. 


The course includes four presentations at the Mountaineers Program Center at Magnuson Park Seattle (April 17, May 8, June 12 and July 10; 7-9 PM), and four field trips (2 local and 2 in the mountains), plus one learning laboratory/stewardship session at the native plant garden adjacent to the clubhouse. You do not have to participate in all the activities to be able to graduate.  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 10. The goal is to have fun and to learn.

We get many questions about field trip dates.  We have to wait for snow pack and "bloom" conditions to pick the dates for the trips to ensure we go when conditions are prime, and not too early or too late.  Field trips will get posted here as soon as we set the dates.  To give you a general idea (NONE of these are set-in-stone), Field Trip 1 will be around April 18-23, evenings or half-day weekends in Seattle-area parks, Field Trip 2 will be around May 11-16, evenings or half-day weekends in Seattle and Puget Sound-area parks, Field Trip 3 will be around June 23/24 (could be a week earlier or later), one-day, in the East Slopes of the Cascades, and Field Trip 4 will be around July 28/29 (could be a week earlier or later), one-day, at Mount Rainier National Park. We will do our best, based on volunteer availability, to schedule weekend and weekday field trips.  Finally, our Stewardship opportunity, a half-day in the Mountaineer's Native Plant Garden at the Program Center, will take place around May 19/20.

This year, we would like to offer students the opportunity to attain the Low-Impact Recreationist Badge added to their profile.  For materials for this online and self-paced course, go here: Low Impact Recreation.

If anyone is interested in taking the course and finding the the tuition to be cost-prohibitive, please take a look at the Mountaineer's Financial Aid assistance:  https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/financial-assistance

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
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
Lecture 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 9, 2020
Registration closed Apr 7
44 participants
16 instructors
Lecture 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 7, 2020
Registration closed May 5
80 participants
17 instructors
Lecture 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jun 4, 2020
Registration closed Jun 2
80 participants
19 instructors
Lecture 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jul 9, 2020
Registration closed Jul 7
80 participants
18 instructors
Roster
Course Materials
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INW 2020 Course Materials

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