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 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 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Naches Peak Loop
Sat, Jul 20, 2019
Registration closed Jul 18
5 participants
0 instructors
Sourdough Gap
Sat, Jul 20, 2019
Registration closed Jul 18
4 participants
1 instructor
Berkeley Park
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Registration closed Jul 19
2 participants
0 instructors
Spray Park
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Registration closed Jul 19
6 participants
0 instructors
Berkeley Park
Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Registration closes Jul 25
4 participants
0 instructors
Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
Registration closes Jul 26
2 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Graduation Potluck (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Sep 9, 2019
Registration closes Sep 7
63 participants
15 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
Name/Description Type
INW 2019 Course Materials