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The Nature of Writing Spring 2015

A series of free natural history author readings at Village Books / 1200 11 Street, Bellingham

Join Village Books and North Cascades Institute in welcoming our region’s most gifted writers on the natural world to Bellingham. From wildlife in the city to botany, local marine ecology to poetry inspired by our Wild Nearby, you'll learn more about our wondrous planet when these gifted writers share their latest literary works.

Wednesday, June 10, 7 pm
Jack Nisbet's Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest

Jack Nisbet weaves a story like no one else can in Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest. Nisbet engages touchstones in Northwest history in this assemblage of nonfiction stories that reveal the symbiotic relationship of people and place in the Pacific Northwest. From rural Oregon, where a controversy brewed over the provenance and ownership of a meteorite, to the great floods 15,000 years ago that shaped what is now Washington, Oregon and Idaho, this is a compelling collection of stories about natural and human history. Although the scale of time and space in some of the pieces is immense, individual characters still manage to leave their marks; even though the force of modern civilization sometimes seems overwhelming, small places and their key components somehow persevere.

PNBA Book Award winner and best-selling author Jack Nisbet is a historian, teacher and author who focuses on the intersection of human history and natural history in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of the highly regarded Sources of the River, for which he was awarded the Murray Morgan Prize by the Washington State Historical Society, The Collector, David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work and Visible Bones.


North Cascades Environmental Learning Center 10th Anniversary Open House and Picnic

August 23, 2015
with North Cascades Institute, North Cascades National Park and Seattle City Light
Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park

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North Cascades Environmental Learning Center turns 10!

The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, field campus of the North Cascades Institute, is a hub of discovery for all ages built around the idea that learning together in community inspires stewardship. Operated in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Seattle, the green-built campus hugs the shore of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, one of the wildest, heaviest glaciated, and most biologically diverse areas in North America. In 2015, the Environmental Learning Center — named a “Top Ten Great Getaways : Northwest Lodges” by ParentMap — celebrates its 10th anniversary! Join us in celebrating a decade of connecting people to our Wild Nearby with a BBQ Picnic, campus tours, canoe trips, guided naturalist hikes, family-friendly activities and more.

11 am – 3 pm * FREE * No RSVP required!


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