“All About Bears”: 1 p.m. Feb. 17, Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Nick Jorg from “Animal Planet,” a state Department of Fish and Wildlife officer, talks about Washington bears. His partner — who may steal the show — is Colter, a very large Karelian bear dog who helps resolve bear/people conflicts. Learn more about Karelian bear dogs at wdfw.wa.gov. Type “bear dogs” in the search bar. Pre-registration is required by calling 425-316-8592. Cost is $5 members, $7 non-members.
“Birds and Their Nests”: The talk by Joe Meche, birder, photographer, carpenter and author of “Beaks and Bills” is 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Island County Multipurpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive. The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. Call 360-387-2236. More at www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Gear grab and potluck: Everett Mountaineers event, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 7, Everett United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave. Bring in that gear that has been sitting in your garage for decades. You can sell or trade it and buy more from others. Guest speaker is Craig Romano, outdoor author who has written many Mountaineer Hiking Guidebooks. His hiking guide books will be available for purchase and autographs. More at www.mountaineers.org.
Winter snaps: Group trips for photography enthusiasts from expert to novice to shoot winter-inspired photos at Snoqualmie Pass. Commonwealth Creek offers many unique shots: ice falls, cool vapors and the swirling dark waters of mid-winter. Participants should bring a well-stocked backpack with their own film or digital cameras and a lunch. This trip usually lasts four to five hours. Scheduled outings are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11, 17 and 25; March 3, 4, 17 and 18. Suggested donation of $25. Call 425-434-6111.
Kids in the snow: A 90-minute outing that jump-starts participants on their way to earn a Junior Snow Ranger badge at Snoqualmie Pass. Identify tracks, learn about exploring nature in winter, and climb into an igloo (snowpack permitting). Discover which animals live nearby that turn white in winter, sleep the winter away, burrow and live entirely under the snow and those that can freeze themselves nearly solid right through until the spring melt. Kid-sized snowshoes are available. Through March 24, outings are 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and under. Call 425-434-6111.
Lake Stevens Rowing Club: Junior/youth season is through May 28. All skill levels, ages 12 to 18. Practice is 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with both competitive team and home crew programs available. Regattas include local and regional races as well as dual meets. Free two-week experience crew session available. Float test required. Masters “Learn to Row” classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. Sessions are 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday March 3-25. Float test required. More at lakestevensrowing.org.
Free park-ing: Free days this year are March 19, State Parks’ 105th birthday; April 14, Spring day; April 22, Earth Day; June 2, National Trails Day; June 9, National Get Outdoors Day; June 10, Fishing Day; Aug. 25, the National Park Service’s 102nd birthday; Sept. 29, National Public Lands Day; Nov. 11, Veterans Day; and Nov. 23, Autumn day. More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
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