One of the keys to successful local land conservation is in understanding the natural world around us – and our place in it. The Land Trust offers a variety of opportunities to learn more about the land we help conserve and why it’s worth protecting.
Together with partner organizations, we offer family programs, educational hikes & outings, environmental films and more. Join us for one of the free outings, workshops or events and learn more about how you can be part of your local Land Trust. It’s your backyard!
Kids & Nature Connections
Childhood should be all about playing outside, getting dirty and learning about what makes our world tick!
In the spring of 2015, we launched our Kids & Nature Connections program, a new initiative to get kids outside with their families.
Recent studies have shown that kids spend an incredible amount of time engaging with screens and less and less time outside in natural settings, which is taking a toll on their physical and emotional health as well as their academic performance. In addition, parents often don’t have the tools to encourage their children to spend time outside, engaging with the natural world.
Our goal is to make it easy for kids of all backgrounds (and their parents) to explore, engage and learn about the natural world. Activities will primarily take place on lands protected by the Land Trust. Check out our events calendar for upcoming family-friendly activities!
Looking for ways to help your kids connect with nature, but can't make it to a scheduled event? Each month, we write a column in the Wenatchee World about fun, cheap and easy ways to help your kids learn more about nature. Read past articles here.
If you have questions about the Kids & Nature Connections program, please contact us at [email protected].
Hikes & Outings
Many of the properties we’ve protected over the years have unique qualities that aren’t obvious to everyone who visits them. Come along on one of our hikes and outings to dive deeper into geology, birds, plants, history and more. Spring and fall are prime times for getting out on our lands. Check out our events calendar for upcoming opportunities!
Environmental Film Series
Popcorn and thought-provoking cinema, anyone? Every year, the Land Trust sponsors the Environmental Film Series at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Film topics range from getting kids outside in nature, to climate change, to the idiosyncracies of birding culture, to films about adventure running and other outdoor sports and more.
The films are shown in late fall to early spring, and they offer a great way to learn something new, meet new like-minded people and get to know the organizations that are doing important work in the world of conservation. The calendar of films is usually updated in September. Check our events calendar to find out more information!
Wenatchee Naturalist Course
Listen for the song of an American dipper while standing under a four-hundred-year-old cedar tree. Feel the fur of beavers and the soft grey feathers of a great blue heron. Share lunch with a new friend in the breezy shade of a ponderosa pine. Learn from local experts, and find new places close to home to return to time and again.
These are just a few of the experiences Wenatchee Naturalists have during this 12-week course. This class is designed to inspire a deeper connection to the wonders of our valley and to bring new sources of joy to your everyday life.
Interested in learning more about this place? Check out the list of resources below.
- Seeing Salmon brochure - 12 local spots from Leavenworth to Oroville
- Online Wildflower guide (searchable)
- Foothills Trail Map
- Foothills Common Flowers List
- Weed control
- Chelan County weed board
- Environmental Film calendar (at the Wenatchee Valley Museum)
- Wildflower & plant reference - U.W. Burke Museum Herbarium Image Collection website
- Wenatchee Area Field Guide - A Pocket Naturalist Guide
Resources for Parents & Teachers
- Wenatchee Foothills Wildflower Guide
- Castle Rock Scavenger Hunt
- Jacobson Preserve Scavenger Hunt
- Foothills Hiking Challenge brochure (English) & (Spanish)
- Let's Take Care of Our Foothills! poster
- Conserve Our Western Roots postcard
- Saddle Rock Ecosystem poster (color version here) & species key
- Riparian Ecosystem (color version here) (black & white here) (b&w with words)
- Step into the Shrub Steppe with Susan Ballinger - 8 min educational video
- Intro to Shrub Steppe video supplemental materials
- Nature Journaling with Lindsay Breidenthal - 4 min educational video