Discovering the Forest

Valley View Forest

Sun streaming through the trees at Valley View Forest.

We’re pleased to announce a new opportunity to learn together in a free, online series this winter. In Discovering the Forest, an offshoot of the popular Nature in Your Neighborhood  program, we’ll learn about community forests: how we can tell if they are healthy, ways we can ensure they thrive, how they nourish communities, and how we can grow strong and resilient together.

Forest ecosystems are characterized by fascinating relationships between wildlife, plants, trees, water, and air. Add human use and economies into the mix, and the dynamics at play become even more complex. Join us as we set out to explore these interconnections and ask, how does a community forest thrive for the good of all?

Local community members will guide our learning each month, sharing their knowledge about the plants, trees, animals and birds that call forests home, and highlighting the ways we benefit from forests and can steward their abundant resources for the future.


One question each month will guide our learning:

Friday, November 20th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

How do we know a forest is healthy? We’ll look closely at the forest’s plant and animal biology and learn to identify signs of strength and resilience.

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Friday, December 18th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

How can we help healthy forests thrive? We’ll learn how stewardship and responsible forest management (and visitor use) can impact a community forest and support its growth.

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Friday, January 15th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

How can a forest nourish a community and the visitors that use it? We’ll talk about the potential human benefits of forests from a variety of perspectives such as economic, cultural, artistic, and educational.

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Friday, February 19th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

How can we create a community forest that works for all, forever?

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Trees at Valley View Forest

Valley View Forest in Chimacum, opened in October 2020, offers the perfect location to apply our learning. Read more and find directions here.

Along the way, we’ll also offer bonus Nature in Your Neighborhood Winter Virtual Nature Walks that take a deeper dive into specific forest-related topics. Please save these dates and stay tuned for more to come! 

Wednesday January 20th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Mosses with Tracy Hudson

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Wednesday, January 27th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Liverworts with Tracy Hudson

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