Introduction to the Natural World Course - Seattle - 2019

Naturalist 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 continue to be added.  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:

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
Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Wolf Creek Nature Trail
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration closed Apr 8
0 participants
1 instructor
Carkeek Park
Tue, Apr 19, 2022
Registration closed Apr 17
6 participants
0 instructors
Wolf Creek Nature Trail
Wed, Apr 20, 2022
Registration closed Apr 18
3 participants
0 instructors
Carkeek Park
Fri, Apr 22, 2022
Registration closed Apr 20
3 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Bridle Trails State Park
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
Registration closed Apr 22
0 participants
0 instructors
Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closed May 14
0 participants
Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary
Sun, May 8, 2022
Registration closed May 6
6 participants
0 instructors
Stillwater Natural Area
Fri, May 13, 2022
Registration closed May 12
8 participants
Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course (optional)
Swauk Forest Discovery Trail
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Registration closed Jun 16
5 participants
0 instructors
Lecture 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 7, 2022
Registration closed Apr 5
2 participants
15 instructors
Lecture 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jun 2, 2022
Registration closed May 31
3 participants
14 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate


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

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