Ecology Exploration of Methow Ponds and Lakes

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Ecology Exploration of Methow Ponds and Lakes
Program Series Field Excursions
When Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:00 AM to Sun Aug 10, 2014 05:00 PM
Where Methow Valley
Class Tuition $250.00
Clock hours 18.0
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Wetlands are biologically diverse areas full of specially-adapted vegetation and semi-aquatic creatures that you won’t find any other place. Join Dennis Paulson, Director Emeritus of Slater Museum of Natural History at University of Puget Sound and a leading expert on Northwest dragonflies and birds, to investigate landscapes and waterways across the North Cascades.

We’ll spend our days outside with nets and field guides exploring cattail ponds among the pine forests and sagelands near Winthrop, wildflower meadows near Washington Pass and alpine wetland areas of the Upper Skagit valley. Dennis will introduce us to dragonflies and the wetlands they call home: Green Darner, Pacific Forktail, Western Meadowhawk – colorful insect names that are as diverse as the habitats they inhabit.

We'll base camp at the East Chewuch campground together (no extra fee), but we've also made arrangements with Twispworks to provide indoor accommodations for $20 per night.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore alongside one of the most experienced and knowledgeable biologists in the Northwest and learn why wetlands are one of our most precious natural resources!

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Triple Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with two other people (this may require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-climb ladder). Double Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. Single Accommodations is the tuition for a room for one person.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

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Field Guide to North Cascades Institute