Outdoor events: Birds, first aid, fossils, skiing, more

For students: EvCC’s Ocean Research College Academy will have an open house at 6 p.m. on Thursday at its waterfront location, 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 203, Everett. ORCA is an early college academy for high school students, who can earn up to two years of college credit while completing their high school education. Most students graduate with an associate’s degree in addition to a high school diploma. Get more info here.

White birds: Learn about swans and snow geese at the Northwest Stream Center on Thursday. See photos and learn about the birds’ natural history and identification tips. Get more info here.

Fossils and the Future: Dr. Kirk Johnson, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History director, will present his program “The Real Seattle Underground: Rocks, Fossils, and the Future of the Pacific Northwest;” at 7 p.m. Friday at Meany Hall at the University of Washington. More information is here.

Eagles: The Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival is Friday and Saturday. There will be guided tours, educational events, wine tasting, art, paddle trips and more. Check out all the details here.

For ladies: The GRO Snow Ladies Day is Saturday at Stevens Pass. Ski and ride with other women and enjoy goodies and try your luck in the raffle. Get more info here.

Nordic skiing: Learn to cross-country ski in one weekend with the Mountaineers at their lodge on Snoqualmie Pass. It’s Saturday to Sunday. Get more info, and check out the many other offerings at Meany Lodge here. Register for the class here.

First aid: The Mountaineers are offering a wilderness first aid course geared toward teenagers. The course is Saturday to Sunday in Seattle. Get more info here.

Hoot: See a film about three kids who team up to save the homes of a group of burrowing owls. The movie is rated PG and is free. It’s at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. Register in advance by calling 425-316-8592. Get more info here.

Bird trip: Edmonds Parks and Recreation is offering a field trip on Feb. 8 to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge near Olympia. It’s $47 for Edmonds residents and $54 for non-residents. Call 425-771-0230 for more information or to register.

Bird festival: The Edison Bird Festival is Feb. 8-9. Get more info here.

Geocaching: Get an introduction to geocaching with an experienced trip leader on Feb. 9 at Cama Beach. Get more info here.

Birds: Learn about attracting birds to your back yard through gardening choices, nest boxes and water features. Master birder Neil Zimmerman will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in Everett. Get more info here.

Snowboarding: The YMCA is offering a 3-day snowboarding class for kids ages 11-17 on Feb. 14-16. The event is at the Mount Baker Bibleway Camp. It’s $329 for members and $359 for non-members. Scholarship are available. Register at any Snohomish County YMCA branch or call 425-493-2405 for more information.

More birds: Join in the Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 14-17. Learn more here. If you’d like to attend training, there is a course on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in Edmonds. Get more info here.

Fishing: A fly fishing show is Feb. 15-16 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. There will be casting and fly-tying demonstrations, films and gear. The 2014 International Film Festival is on Feb. 16. Get more information here.

Scramble: Learn how to reach many of the peaks in the Cascades. Scrambling is like hiking, but with more time off trail and more clambering over rock or snow. Learn how to do it safely with an Everett Mountaineers class that begins on Feb. 20. Learn more here.

Lynx and hare: Learn about lynx and snowshoe hare at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Northwest Stream Center. Researcher Aaron Wirsing will tell what he’s learned about these interesting species. The event is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Get more info here.

Expo: The Northwest Outdoor Adventure Expo is Feb. 28-March 2 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. There will be discussions, slide shows, music and indoor adventures such as a zip line and paddle pool. There will also be a variety of outdoor vendors. Get more info here.

Go paddling: The Washington Water Trails Association will offer a guided paddle on March 1 on the Sammamish River. Attendees will meet in Woodinville and then paddle or row to Red Hook Brewery and enjoy lunch before returning. Get more info here.

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