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Registration Lottery for our “Tidelands to Timberline” Natural History Course Now Open

Author: Jefferson Land Trust | 12/26/22

Woman looking through binoculars at the sea.

Participants in the Northwest Naturalist Course gain an understanding of our interconnected ecosystems from the sea to the mountains.

Our extremely popular Tidelands to Timberline Northwest Naturalist Course will begin in April 2023. This eight-week, field-based course offers committed participants the chance to become intimately familiar with the natural history and ecosystems of the northeast Olympic Peninsula, absorb the knowledge and passion of some of the greatest naturalists in the area, and experience firsthand the amazing interconnections between diverse local ecosystems from the sea up to the mountains.

In addition to the days together on the land for six to eight hours every Friday, the course’s curriculum asks participants to spend an additional three to ten hours a week during the intervening weeks learning about (and potentially observing) certain features of our local natural history.

Tidelands to Timberline Natural History Course

Tidelands to Timberline course participants study the plants, fungi, animals, geology, climate, and ecosystems that make this part of the world special through a series of field trips and study sessions.

In an effort to make access to this highly popular course as equitable as possible, 2023 course participants will be randomly selected (lottery-style) from a list of those who are prepared to commit to the course.

Sign up here to enter the lottery for your chance to be selected as a course member for this year’s program. The lottery is open for signups now through midnight January 13.

Some course details:

  • Cost: $375
  • Course Dates: Fridays from April 14, 2023 – June 2, 2023
  • Curriculum Time Estimate: 15 hours per week
  • Course Spots: Limited to 18 participants

If you have any questions about the course, please reach out to Jefferson Land Trust Stewardship Director/Tidelands to Timberline leader Erik Kingfisher at ekingfisher[at] If you have questions about registration, contact Jefferson Land Trust Development Assistant Eloise Steere at esteere[at] Scholarships are available to help make this more of a sliding-scale registration fee, so please reach out if you’d like a scholarship.

To view a PDF of the course outline, click here.

2023 Course Series:

Orientation – Friday April 14

Marine Environment – Friday, April 21

Shorelines – Friday, April 28

Rainshadow Forests and Prairies – Friday, May 5

Aquatic and Riparian Environments – Friday, May 12

Temperate Rainforests – Friday, May 19

Montane Forests – Friday, May 26

Subalpine and Alpine Environments – Friday, June 2

Optional Slideshow and Potluck – Friday June 9