Kelsay has the class captivated! From left to right: Barbee, Liz, Cindelia, Mark, Matt, Krista, Cordi and Pat.

Kelsay has the class captivated! From left to right: Barbee, Liz, Cindelia, Mark, Matt, Krista, Cordi and Pat.

Consider becoming a Wenatchee Naturalist!

If you are looking for a way to deepen your connection to both the natural and human aspects of our collective home, consider becoming a Wenatchee Naturalist!  Registration is now open for the

Naturalist class is focused on drawing a habitat map of the White River valley.

Naturalist class is focused on drawing a habitat map of the White River valley.

next 50-hour Wenatchee Naturalist course offered by Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Continuing Education, Sept. 21-Dec.14, 2016.  The course is designed to allow participants to meet new friends, discover lovely local places to visit again, and to gain new eyes for the natural wonders of North Central Washington.  To date, 150 people, ages 12-81, have completed the course. Instructor Susan Ballinger teaches the Wednesday evening course and four Saturday field trips. Field trips explore habitats along the White, Entiat, Columbia, and Wenatchee River corridors, guided by expert guest field scientists.

opt-Lake-Wen-MurphyBallinger[1]The interdisciplinary course includes readings, lectures, handouts, guest scientists, labs, and nature journaling.  Field trips explore three ecosystems (shrub-steppe, riparian, & dry forest) focusing on 100 common species of the Wenatchee watershed.  Every class includes hands-on activities and practice using a science field journal.  Tuition is $350 and includes supplies, a field journal, and a loaned min-library and hand lens.

The course is offered once/year in the fall.  If you have questions, contact the course instructor, Susan Ballinger (skylinebal@gmail.com;  509.669.7820).  Visit the newly launched Wenatchee Naturalist website at  http://www.wenatcheenaturalist.com/.  Register for the WVC Continuing Education course at https://www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/conted/

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