Outdoor lessons and activities in Snohomish County
Outdoor yoga: Start your Tuesdays off on the right foot with a free yoga class, and do it outdoors if you have a portable device. Everett Public Library Presents “Morning yoga for all bodies” with local yoga instructor Diane Brooks via Crowdcast. This series of five virtual classes every Tuesday in November is suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. Appointment for one or all sessions. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Register for the free course at crowdcast.io/e/morningyoga. Call 425-257-8000 or go to www.epls.org for more information.
Earth Sanctuary: Girl Scout Ambassador Caitlin Sullivan has created a garden designed for visitors with reduced mobility at Earth Sanctuary, a sculpture garden and nature reserve at the corner of Newman and Emil Roads in Langley. The grand opening of Peace Garden is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on November 6. It is a short walk from the Earth Sanctuary car park at 2059 Newman Road, Langley. Caitlin herself will be there to give tours to visitors – in return, she asks them for feedback so she can earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Open daily during daylight hours. Admission is $ 7; annual passes cost $ 35. No dogs allowed. Visit www.earthsanctuary.org for more information.
Everett green: The next Everett Green Partnership Working Group will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on November 6 at Hannabrook Park, Hannabrook Park, 5815 Brookridge Blvd., Everett. Help improve Everett’s parks and natural areas by removing invasive species, planting trees and maintaining plants. The Green Everett Partnership is a collaboration between the City Parks Department and Forterra, formerly Cascade Land Conservancy. Call 425-238-0065 or go to www.greeneverett.org.
Outdoor speaker series: Naturalist and author Jeff Antonelis-Lapp will speak about his book “Tahoma and Her People” from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on November 9 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. The book by Antonelis-Lapp, a 2020 finalist at the Banff Center Mountain Film & Book Festival, tells the story of Mount Rainier National Park. The outdoor lecture series takes place on the second Tuesday, January through May and September through November. Doors open at 6 p.m. The cost is $ 5 at the door. More information at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.
Home furnishings: You can now make a free virtual outfitting appointment with an Alderwood REI expert on November 12 via Microsoft Teams. Whether you’re interested in exploring a new outdoor activity, wanting to pick up the next right gear or advice for an upcoming adventure, an outfitting expert from the Alderwood store is available to help you from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is required. A Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to you after you book your appointment. More information on www.rei.com.
Winter camping 101: Camping in winter gives you year-round access to natural spaces and the magnificent calm that accompanies the coldest nights. REI is hosting a “Winter Camping Basics” webinar from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on November 16 via Zoom. This presentation will cover trip planning, setting up camp and most importantly, how to stay warm. A Zoom link will be emailed with the registration. More information on www.rei.com.
Go wild: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, has presentations on the third Wednesday of the month. The next presentation, “People and Wildlife in State Parks”, is set for 7 p.m. on November 17 via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with the registration. Montana Napier, Interpretive Specialist at Cama Beach State Park, will talk about how state parks protect wildlife habitat – basically, when we visit parks, we visit animal homes. She will also review the principles of Leave No Trace. Call 360-387-2236 or visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Racket 101: Exploring your favorite trails and natural areas on snowshoes is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in winter. REI is hosting a “Snowshoe Basics” webinar from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on November 18 via Zoom. During the presentation, you will learn how to choose your gear, stay warm in cold weather, and prepare for winter. A Zoom link will be emailed with the registration. More information on www.rei.com.
Col Stevens: Stevens Pass Mountain Resort is scheduled to open on December 3. With an average of 460 inches of snow per year, the hill station’s 1,125 acres of land have 37 trails and 10 chair lifts for skiing and snowboarding. Call 206-812-4510 or visit www.stevenspass.com for more information.
First aid in the wild: If you work in wilderness camps, enjoy outdoor activities with the family on weekends, or recreate outdoor activities, this course is for you. REI is hosting a National Leadership Outdoor School “Wilderness First Aid” class from 8 am to 5 pm December 10-19 at Gold Creek County Park, 16020 148th Ave NE, Woodinville. Prepare to receive hands-on instruction in wilderness medicine for two days. You will earn your Wilderness First Aid certification with the completion of the class. There is a waiting list. The cost is $ 245 for members, $ 275 for non-members. Visit www.rei.com for more information.
Hiking recommendations: Let the Washington Trails Association suggest your next hike. The WTA website has a tool that offers personalized suggestions for hikes that you might want to add to your to-do list. The tool is designed to educate, spark curiosity, and shift attention from a small number of often recommended trails to the many trails Washington has to offer. Find the hike recommendation tool at wta.org/recommemender. More information on www.wta.org.
Find your favorite park: The Washington State Parks Foundation website offers an interactive map of Washington State’s 124 parks, along with virtual tours, park information, and trip reports. Virtual tours provide a 360-degree view with navigation tools and a tour of state parks, trails, campgrounds, retreat centers, interpretive centers, and vacation homes. More information on www.waparks.org.