Consider becoming a Wenatchee Naturalist!

A visit to Peshastin Pinnacles State Park is part of the Lower Wenatchee and Icicle River Field Trip Exploration with a focus on geology and plant ecology.

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 next 50-hour Wenatchee Naturalist course offered by Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Continuing Education, Sept. 18-Dec.11, 2019. 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.

The Entiat River Exploration Field Trip includes gathering and examining macroinvertebrates that live in the river.

Instructor Susan Ballinger teaches the Wednesday evening course and four Saturday field trips. Field trips explore habitats along the White, Entitat, Columbia, and Wenatchee River corridors, guided by expert guest field scientists.

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.

Co-leaders Heather Murphy and Susan Ballinger begin the White River Exploration Field Trip at Lake Wenatchee.

The course is offered once a year in the fall. If you have questions, contact the course instructor, Susan Ballinger (; 509.669.7820). Visit the Wenatchee Naturalist website. Register for the WVC Continuing Education course here.

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