Introduction to the Natural World Course - Seattle - 2021

Exploring Nature Course

Introduction to the Natural World Course

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

Info
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.

This course is designed for all Mountaineers and new-to-Mountaineers who want to learn more about the mountains they enjoy. Using various smart phone apps, charts, and guidebooks, 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. 

(Students enrolled before the course opening date carried over their registration from the 2020 course that was cancelled due to the pandemic.)

The course includes four lectures either online or at the Mountaineers Program Center at Magnuson Park Seattle, depending on COVID-19 public health guidelines. ***We will decide if the lectures will be online or in-person before the start of registration on February 1.***

We generally offer four field trips (2 local and 2 in the mountains). The local field trips are half day or an evening.  The mountain trips will be a full day, including travel, and take place in the Teanaway region and in Mount Rainier National Park.  ***If we cannot offer in-person field trips in 2021 due to public health guidelines, we will provide students with guides to hikes and nature activities they can do on their own.***   If are able to offer field trips, they will be posted after each lecture.  Due to differing dates of flowers in bloom each year, we have to wait until a few weeks before each field trip to post them. We offer a variety of trips on weekend and weekdays to try and accommodate varying schedules.

Participation in all activities is not required. To graduate, we will have an after-course exercise for students to turn in. We will celebrate your success and get to know other naturalists at a potluck in September. The goal is to have fun, meet some like-minded folks, and to learn. Our committee also offers regular Naturalist hikes which many of our students and graduates enjoy.

This course is for adults only, please.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Lecture 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 1, 2021
Registration opens Apr 1; Instructor registration open now
34 participants
7 instructors
Lecture 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 6, 2021
Registration opens Feb 1; Instructor registration open now
34 participants
7 instructors
Lecture 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jun 3, 2021
Registration opens Feb 1; Instructor registration open now
34 participants
7 instructors
Lecture 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jul 1, 2021
Registration opens Apr 1; Instructor registration open now
34 participants
7 instructors
Graduation Potluck (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Sep 9, 2021
Registration opens Feb 1; Instructor registration open now
40 participants
39 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

A smart phone or tablet to use free apps. If a student does not have one of these, instructors will make one available for loan during the course.

Course Materials
Name/Description Type
INW 2020 Course Materials

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