Introduction to the Natural World Course - Seattle - 2019

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.

Field Trips will be added in 2019.  there is one lecture and one field trip per month, April thru July. An optional graduation Potluck is held in September.

 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. 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. 

The course includes four presentations at the Mountaineers Program Center at Magnuson Park Seattle, and four field trips (2 local, 1 on the Eastside of the Cascades (Teanaway area), and 1 at Mount Rainier National Park). Participation in all activities is not required. 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. Minimum age for the course is 18.

If the course is a financial hardship, please go here to look for assistance: https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/scholarship-financial-assistance

Students will also need to take the short online course on Low Impact Recreation to graduate.  This course can be taken any time, and the badge does not expire.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Lecture 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 2, 2019
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
80 participants
18 instructors
Lecture 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 7, 2019
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
80 participants
18 instructors
Lecture 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jun 4, 2019
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
80 participants
18 instructors
Lecture 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jul 16, 2019
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
80 participants
18 instructors
Graduation Potluck (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Sep 9, 2019
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
70 participants
19 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

For smart phone or tablet users, please download these free apps:

An optional app, costing $10, Washington Wildflowers, is produced by the Burke Museum.  

Course Materials
Name/Description Type
INW 2018 Course Materials

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