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Greetings hikers and nature lovers! We would like to encourage naturalists and those with an interest in the natural world to go on walks, hikes, fun runs, conservation fundraisers and educational forays with us around Puget Sound, in the North Cascades and Central Washington Canyonlands, and the Olympic Peninsula. We encourage you to become an organizer and post events!

When you are out for a hike, are you curious to learn more about the animals, plants, trees, insects and birds? Would you like to learn more about the ones which have practical uses for food, shelter, fire, medicine, crafts, tools or survival? Do you know which ones can be hazards? Do you know who made that track? Can you tell what the birds are communicating through their vocalizaitons? Maybe you want to know more about how the land was formed, or its history. This is the place to share what you know and hopefully learn from others as well.

Northwest Nature Hikes may have specific goals like birding, marine animals or geocaching. We may want to seek wildflowers in the spring, berries in the summer, or do some snow tracking in the winter, but most will be more open to simply looking and seeing what we can discover along the way. The important thing is that the destination is not the goal. Our goal is to take time to explore, share and learn more about nature and our connection with it.

What to bring: Cell phone and the 10 essentials. See http://www.mountaineers.org/images/tenessen... (http://www.mountaineers.org/images/tenessentials_web.pdf)

Optional items: binoculars, notebook, field guides, magnifying lenses, camera

DISCLAIMER: The leaders function as nature facilitators only. By signing up for any event on this site you represent that you have read, understand and agree to the terms of this disclaimer. You accept that hiking, on and off-trail, is a potentially dangerous activity that can result in injury or death and that weather and trail conditions can change. You agree to come prepared and by this you acknowledge that you join us on this hike at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety and agree to hold harmless all organizers and leaders in the event of injury or loss.

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Backcountry Leadership & Navigation Training

Blue Skye Farm at the Wolf College


If you are already an expert navigator, this class will give you great teaching tools for use when hiking with novices. If you are “navigationally challenged,” then we hope the simple way we teach these skills will open a world of understanding for you in the wilderness. The primary goal of this workshop is to prepare participants to lead hikes as well as hike alone. To prepare, check out: http://www.wolfcollege.com/hiking-backpacking-outdoor-leadership-risk-management/ http://www.wolfcollege.com/top-10-list-of-natural-navigation-lostproofing-orienteering-tips-tricks-advice/ http://www.wolfcollege.com/how-to-use-a-compass-using-map-compass/ See wolfcollege.com/classes-workshops/weekend/hiking-backpacking-navigation-leadership or call[masked] for more information and to register additional friends/family members at just $65 each. PLEASE BRING: – Hats, proper footwear, and rain gear if necessary for the outdoor portion of class. – Flashlight/Headlamp will make things a lot easier for map reading after sunset. – Notebook plus Pencil & Red/Blue Pen if at all possible for good highlighting of map contour lines. If you have a terrain map of the class area with contour lines, or can print a map with contour lines from the Google Maps “terrain” option, please bring that as well. – Compass if possible, but please note that “surveyor’s compasses” and other non-map-compasses won’t work. If you don’t have a map/orienteering compass yet, try online, or cheaper sports stores for last-minute purchase, and we may have the following recommended compasses for sale at class, including: the Rothco Orienteering Compass Item #337 for learning in the $10-$15 price range, or the Brunton 15TDCL Compass if you want to go up to the next level in the $35 price range for precise mirrored sighting and adjustable declination. If you are hard-core, please share your more pricy suggestions at class:) For more training and active events to practice your navigational, map and compass skills, we recommend the following: – The Tacoma Mountaineers (http://www.tacomamountaineers.org/) annual navigation class and weekend practice series in Western Washington. – Cascade Orienteering Club (http://www.cascadeoc.org) which has introductory to advanced events almost every weekend in the Puget Sound area. Experience not necessary, instruction available at the start, and courses for all skill levels. Practice your navigation skills and discover the sport of orienteering! – MerGeo (http://www.navraces.com) which puts on endurance navigation events on larger maps with less detail, in more rugged areas. These endurance-length navigation races are popular as a team event and often done at a hiking pace. Using only map and compass, it is up to you and your team to find as many checkpoints within the stated time limit as you can! Events range from 2 to 10 hours (and sometimes 24!) and take place in rugged, beautiful venues across Washington State.

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Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft

Hans Jensen Group Camp


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