Tidelands to Timberline natural history course alumni gather at the 2019 Alumni Reunion.
Nearly 45 alumni of the Tidelands to Timberline natural history course, part of the Land Trust’s Northwest Naturalist Program, attended the second alumni reunion on Thursday, November 7.
Alumni attending shared a potluck meal, caught up with fellow cohorts from their class year, met alumni from other class years, and enjoyed an informative and entertaining slideshow from Geoff Hammerson entitled, “Amphibians and Reptiles in the Sticky Web of Life on the Olympic Peninsula.”
Reunion guests at the 2019 enjoyed a potluck dinner and a presentation on amphibians and reptiles by Geoff Hammerson.
The Land Trust has been offering the eight-week intensive course (April-June) annually since 2012. In it, participants study local plants, fungi, animals, geology, climate, and ecosystems from the shorelines to the mountains through weekly full day field trips, reading assignments, and time shared with some of the area’s most experienced naturalists.
Upon completion of the course, alumni are eligible to become Land Trust Preserve Stewards helping to care for and monitor habitat conditions of one of our local preserves. They’re also eligible to participate in a new program that’s currently taking shape. In it, they can become Interpretative Guides for the Land Trust, leading tours and sharing their knowledge with the community.
If you’re curious about the natural world around you and want a greater understanding of the interconnections of diverse local ecosystems — from the sea to the mountains, email Rebekah at rkorenowsky[at]saveland.org to be put on the waitlist, so you’ll find out when registration opens for the 2020 Tidelands to Timberline course this winter. The course cost is $290.