Northwest Naturalist Program

The Northwest Naturalist Program (NWNP) provides a way for local people to improve their own naturalist skills and knowledge, become more familiar with the land conservation work being achieved by the community through Jefferson Land Trust, and provide opportunities to become more involved in meaningful and important ways. The overall goal of this program is to build sustained support for land and water conservation in Jefferson County by increasing the community knowledge of, appreciation for, and activity in the natural world.

There are three principal components to the NWNP: a Natural History Course available to the general public, volunteer positions with Jefferson Land Trust available to those that have completed the course, and Lead Naturalist volunteer positions.

Natural History Course “Tidelands to Timberline”

The Natural History Course portion of the NWNP provides one of the best and most accessible opportunities for people to become intimately familiar with the natural history of the northeast Olympic Peninsula, and learn more about local conservation efforts through the work of Jefferson Land Trust. Participants learn about the plants, animals, geology, climate, and habitats that make eastern Jefferson County unique. This course utilizes the knowledge and passion of some of the greatest naturalists in the area to teach our local communities about our local ecosystems.

We invite adults curious about nature to participate in Jefferson Land Trust’s eight-week Natural History Course this coming spring. The Natural History Course is scheduled to take place each Friday, April 17th through June 5th of 2019. Friday instruction days are typically scheduled to be approximately 8 hours. There is a course fee of $290 to cover program expenses. Please email Erik Kingfisher at steward[at] if you are interested in receiving a scholarship for this course.

2020 Tidelands to Timberline Course Registration

Volunteer Positions

This tier of the program provides a boost in the capacity of Jefferson Land Trust to both monitor nature preserves and provide experiences being offered on the land. After individuals have completed the initial Natural History Course, they may choose to apply that knowledge by helping take care of the protected properties in the county and/or lead walks and other experiences in the natural world for the general public. There is no volunteer obligation associated with the natural history course, but these opportunities are available to those that have completed the course. Past course participants are also eligible to volunteer each year in support of the course days

Lead Naturalists

Forming the knowledge base for the Natural History Course, approximately 6–10 Lead Naturalists are designated each year to help support the course. These Lead Naturalists work directly with the Stewardship Director at Jefferson Land Trust to provide instruction and guidance during the Natural History Course. They also help make up and are supported by an Advisory Council for the Natural History Course that includes leaders from the Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society. Lead Naturalists are distinguished in their naturalist skills, with demonstrated experience and leadership in their study of the natural world.