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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.

Tuesday, May 12th, 7 pm
Dave Tucker’s Geology Underfoot in Western Washington

(offsite at Whatcom Museum’s Rotunda Room)

Ancient volcanoes preserved as deeply eroded scraps. Seafloors forced high into the sky. Fossils of a long-extinct, 385-pound flightless bird that roamed subtropical floodplains. From the crest of the Cascades to the Pacific, and from the Columbia River north to the Canadian border, the ghosts of deep time are widely exposed in western Washington.

But geology never really dies. It is very much active and alive in the region: volcanoes periodically erupt, showering their surroundings with ash; earthquakes shake Earth’s surface and the constructions of humans, sending tsunamis ashore to wreak havoc; and melting alpine glaciers send forth great floods of water.

Join us for a free event at Whatcom Museum with Dave Tucker, who will present his new book Geology Underfoot in Western Washington, one of the most comprehensive guides to our region’s geology ever written. Dave lives in Bellingham and is a research associate in the geology department at Western Washington University. He is a director of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research at the active volcano and educate the public about volcanic hazards of Mount Baker. Tucker has been mapping Baker's geology since the mid-1990s, in particular the distribution of volcanic ash deposits. He leads public field trips and gives presentations about the geology of northwest Washington, and is author of a popular blog, Northwest Geology Field Trips.

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


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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