Upcoming outdoor events

Hummingbirds: See the film “A Mother Hummingbird’s Story” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th Street SE, Everett. The 45-minute film follows a mother hummingbird and her young. At the end of the show, you’ll get a chance to look at a real, tiny hummingbird nest and learn more about hummingbirds. The event is free, but registration is required by calling 425-316-8592.

Bats Demystified: Kathleen Bander of Bats Northwest will talk about Pacific Northwest bats, how they live, how we benefit from them, and how we can provide shelter for them on Wednesday at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 East Camano Drive. Bander will also discuss what’s being done to conserve bats worldwide. Free. For information go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

Adventure: Hear guidebook author Tami Asars speak about the world-class hiking in Washington state. Asars will speak as part of The Mountaineers Be Wild series at 7 p.m. Friday at the Seattle program center. Get more info and tickets here.

Navigation: Learn the basics of navigating with a map and compass from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Woodland Park in Seattle. The clinic is $14 to $19. If you want more instruction, an intermediate course will follow. Get details here.

Hiking: Guide-book author Craig Romano will speak at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Romano is a hiking expert and will talk specifically about hiking in Snohomish County.

Water safety: Learn how to keep you and your family safe in and around water during a series of events at the Snohomish County YMCAs from June 23-27. Events are in Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe and Mukilteo. Classes are $10. Check here to register and for precise dates and times.

Terrariums: Kids ages 12-17 can make their own terrarium with sundew, a carnivorous plant. The event is 3 p.m. June 24 at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way.

Trout: See a free showing of the 1969, 16mm film The Way of Trout – the first film with a “catch and release” focus, at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th Street SE, Everett. There will also be an introduction to the trout stream exhibit at the center. Before the film, see underwater scenes of the salmon life cycle. The event is free but registration is required by calling 425-316-8592.

More bats: Learn the truth and fiction about bats at 7:30 p.m. June 27 at the Edmonds Wildlife Native Plant Demonstration Garden, 95 Pine Street. Barbara Ogaard, who has been rehabilitating bats for more than 30 years, will talk about how to safely observe bats and then lead a twilight bat walk. Call 425-771-8165 for more information.

Wildlife gardens: Take a look at wildlife-friendly gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28 on Camano Island. Begin at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, to get maps. Gardens are small to large and in a variety of habitats. Free. Get more info here.

Give back: Help clean up the slopes at Stevens pass Ski Area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 13. Lunch will be provided. Get more details and sign up here.

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