Introduction to the Natural World Course - Seattle - 2019

Exploring Nature Course

Introduction to the Natural World Course

An introductory course for the mountaineers interested in learning more about the natural world they are exploring.

Field Trips will be added in as we get closer to the date, depending on weather affecting plants and trees blooming and flowering.  there is one lecture and one field trip per month, April through July. An optional graduation Potluck is held in September. When you register for Field Trips, please only register for one from each round.

 An Introduction to the Natural World course is designed for all  who want to learn more about the mountains, trails, and waterways that we enjoy. You will learn the basics of how to identify flowers, shrubs, trees, birds, 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
Pre-Lecture: (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 2, 2019
Registration closes Mar 31
56 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 7, 2019
Registration closes May 5
0 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 7, 2019
Registration closes May 5
0 participants
0 instructors
Lecture 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 2, 2019
Registration closes Mar 31
5 participants
10 instructors
Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Carkeek Park
Mon, Apr 8, 2019
Registration opens Apr 3; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Discovery Park
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Registration opens Apr 3; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Carkeek Park
Thu, Apr 18, 2019
Registration opens Apr 3; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Carkeek Park
Sat, Apr 20, 2019
Registration opens Apr 3
11 participants
Discovery Park
Sun, Apr 21, 2019
Registration opens Apr 3
11 participants
Lecture 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 7, 2019
Registration closes May 5
5 participants
13 instructors
Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Marymoor Park
Fri, May 17, 2019
Registration opens Apr 16
11 participants
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Fri, May 17, 2019
Registration opens Apr 16; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Juanita Bay Park
Sat, May 18, 2019
Registration opens Apr 16
11 participants
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Tue, May 21, 2019
Registration opens Apr 16
10 participants
Lecture 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jun 4, 2019
Registration closes Jun 2
5 participants
11 instructors
Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Iron Bear
Fri, Jun 21, 2019
Registration opens Jun 5; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Esmeralda Basin
Sat, Jun 29, 2019
Registration opens Jun 5; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Bean Creek Basin
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Registration opens Jun 5; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Esmeralda Basin
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Registration opens Jun 5; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Lecture 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jul 16, 2019
Registration closes Jul 14
5 participants
15 instructors
Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Berkeley Park
Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Graduation Potluck (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Sep 9, 2019
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
70 participants
18 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 2019 Course Materials

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