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Nature in Your Neighborhood Program Underway – Join the Fun!

Author: Jefferson Land Trust | 04/28/20


Juvenile Chestnut-backed Chickadee on Vine Maple Tree. Photo by Wendy Feltham.

Juvenile Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Photo by Wendy Feltham.

Jefferson Land Trust’s popular Tidelands to Timberline natural history course was canceled this year due to the stay at home order. Undeterred, a small team of Land Trust staff and dedicated volunteers rose to the challenge to create a new opportunity for our community to learn together online as a supplement to the popular course.

In the new Nature in Your Neighborhood program, our backyards and neighborhoods will become our classrooms. Birds, trees, ferns, and mammals are just a few of the topics we’ll be diving into throughout May and June.

Our weekly explorations will be guided by an experienced naturalist (or two) who’ll kick off our week of learning with a Virtual Nature Walk and then send us out with activities to explore and observe the hidden wonders close to home. In addition, each week the Online Study Group will come together to wrap up and discuss their adventures from the previous week. 

The program is free and open to all ages, so you’re welcome to encourage your loved ones to participate with you. 

All events will be hosted via Zoom in the Finnriver InCider Space. Links to join will be sent to you via email prior to each event. We’ll also be sharing about our experiences on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to join in on the fun!


Bird Exploration IconPlease mark your calendar for our first event!

Friday, May 1: Birds — with Dave Rugh and Ken Wilson

3:00 – 4:00 pm Discussion and Study Group Orientation

4:00 – 5:00 pm — Virtual Nature Walk: Seeing and Hearing Common Local Birds


View the schedule of upcoming events:

Observing as a Naturalist with Ken Wilson (includes an overview about observational skills and using binoculars)

Local Geology — with Michael Machette

Coastal Geomorphology — with John Bethel

Marine Mammalswith Dave Rugh

Wildlife Tracking — with Sarah Spaeth

Birds — with Ken Wilson and Dave Rugh

Trees — with Erik Kingfisher

Insects — with Richard Lewis

Ferns — with Heather Harding

Amphibians & Reptiles — with Geoff Hammerson

Shrubs with Byron Rot

Herbaceous Plants — with Coca Sanchez and Dana Ecelberger

Mammals with Darrell and Lorna Smith

Mosses with Tracy Hudson

Liverworts with Tracy Hudson


It’s easy to participate!

Sign up here to join weekly Virtual Nature Walks, participate in discussions led by volunteer naturalists, connect with one another in our Online Study Group and be a part of the Extending Our Reach presentations.

Can’t commit to the full series? No problem! Just dip in and out as your schedule and interest allow.



A big thank you to our volunteer naturalists, the Land Trust Alliance, and partner Finnriver Farm & Cidery who are helping make this program possible.

To join them in supporting our conservation mission, please make a gift to Jefferson Land Trust today. Thank you!

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