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Upcoming Hiker Events

Posted by Crystal Gartner at Jan 01, 2020 12:30 PM |
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Hiking can often be a solitary experience, but when you're looking to engage with the outdoor community, there is no shortage of opportunities in Washington.

Many WTA and hiker events around the state have been cancelled or shifted online to keep our community safe. Here are some ways you can connect with WTA and the hiking community online.

Connect with WTA

Our website, will remain a place for you to find information about local green spaces, updates on trails and moments of joy and inspiration. We hope you can connect with each other and to us on our social channels. Read past trip reports or share your own with the community.

In Person Events

No in person events at this time.  

Virtual events    

Creating a New Mountain Park
April 7, 7:00 p.m. 
David Comstock will talk about his efforts, both past and ongoing, to create parks and improve the visitor experience in the Columbia Basin. He'll talk about his work to construct an interpretive trail and to establish a park on Little Badger Mountain in Richland. Hosted by the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Free Zoom webinar. Register in advance. 

Geologic Knowledge in the North Cascades
April 8, 5:30-6:45 p.m.  
Join Gina Roberti as she discusses the geologic history of the North Cascades. Learn about this interesting landscape and the theories that explain how it was formed. Hosted by the North Cascades Institute. $15.00 tuition. 

Moths of the Pacific Northwest
April 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
David Droppers will dispel all those moth myths, and show you why they are a fascinating, rewarding, and beautiful group of insects to study. Learn how moths interact with their world, their intricate linkage to plants, how they are similar and different from butterflies, how they live their night (and day) lives, as well as how and why biologists study moths. Free Zoom webinar. Register in advance. 

Sustainable Recreation/Recreación Sustentable
April 22, 5:30-6:45 p.m. 
Stuart Vázquez, founder and director of the Eco-Lógica Magazine educational project will present about ways to reduce waste in connection with outdoor recreation. Stuart will present mostly in English with some Spanish as well. Hosted by the North Cascades Institute. $5.00 tuition. 

Heather Ecology and Restoration Efforts
April 27, 7:00 p.m. 
Kelly Baraibar, USFS Botanist, will discuss the ecology of mountain heathers and discuss some ongoing resotation projects along popular trails in the North Cascades. Free Zoom Webinar. Register in advance. 

Wolves in Washington: Updates From WDFW and the Wolf Advisory Group 
April 28, 5:30-6:45 p.m. 
Representatives from Washington Department Fish and Wildlife will present on the status of wolves in Washington State. Attendees will also learn about the work of the Wolf Advisory Group. Hosted by the North Cascades Institute. $15.00 tuition. 

Herptiles of the North Cascades
May 5, 6:30-7:45
Learn about the reptiles and amphibians that live in the North Cascades. Hosted by the North Cascades Institute and presented by Scott Fitkin. $15.00 tuition. 

Revisiting the 1980 Backpack Trip to Royal Basin, Olympic National Park
May 6, 7:00-8:30
Ed Alverson will share a set of photos of the landscape and rich native flora including many endemic, rare, or otherwise unusual Olympics specialties that he took on an early Washington Native Plant Society field trip with co-founder Dr. Art Kruckeberg. Free Zoom webinar. Register in advance. 

Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of the Puget Sound
July 14, 6:00-7:15 p.m. 
An interview with David B. Williams whose new book explores the complex human and natural history and present of the Puget Sound. Hosted by the North Cascades Institute. $15.00 tuition. 

Ongoing Activities

Walk With a Doc
Walk With a Doc is a global community where doctors go on short walks with patients and members of the public. Each walk kicks off with a short presentation on a health topic followed by a short walk through a local park. Currently these walks are virtual due to social distancing measures, but will return to in-person meet-ups as soon as it's safe to do so. Walks are held in Everett, Olympia, Yakima, Spokane and St. Helens Oregon. 

Self-guided Forest Bathing
The Washington Park Arboretum has several great resources for visitors to practice forest bathing, an approach to mindfully enjoying nature. Learn about the practice, find resources and share your experience with others. 

Volunteer as an Adventure Scientist
Help collect tree samples for a database that will be used to catch illegal timber harvests. Volunteer hikers collect leaves, seeds and wood samples and send them in to be tested, then the timber industry is able to check the wood that comes through their mills against this data to determine if it was harvested from an area where logging is permitted. 

Be a Citizen Archivist for the National Archive 
Add tags to photos from America's Scenic Byways to make this resource more searchable for the public. First you must register, then you can pick the type of archiving you want to do and get started. There are more opportunities here as well, like transcribing historical documents about the first U.S. roads and trails to be built in Alaska. 

Environmental Film Festival
Explore the collection of current and past festival films now available for streaming. The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. 

Mapping Seattle's Historic Orchards 
Help identify historic fruit trees in your neighborhood that may be remnants of historic orchards. This project aims to identify and preserve these heirloom varieties still growing in Seattle. 

OTHER Local & Amazing hiking communities

We also keep a list of many other local meet up groups and networks. While you might not be able to connect in person, you might find their online community is someplace you'd like to spend some time.

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If you have a suggestion for the Hiker Events Calendar, please email the details and a link to Charlie Wakenshaw at