Upcoming outdoor events: Paddling film fest, birds, wetlands, more

Get on your bike: Friday is Bike to Work Day. There will be commute stations around the county. Get details here.

Be Wild: The second event in the Mountaineers Be Wild speaker series is 7 p.m. Friday at the Mountaineers program center in Seattle. Members of the first all-African American team to climb Mount Denali will talk about the value of diversity in the outdoors. Tyrhee Moore and Rosemary Saal will talk about the expedition and their efforts to pave a way for young people of color to get outside and be active. Get details and tickets here.

Ornithologist talk: Noah Strycker, ornithologist, adventurer and associate editor of Birding magazine, speaks at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. Strycker will discuss the findings in his new book, “The Thing with Feathers.”

Climb: Test your fitness at the Forest Park Hill Climb challenge. The first climb is May 21. Participants try to climb as many of the 12 hills as they can in a 30-minute time period. $5 suggested fee per person per event. Meet at the Forest Park upper playground. The park is at 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. Climbs are on the following dates:

  • Wednesdays, register 11:45 a.m., check in noon, start 12:15 p.m.; May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17.
  • Saturdays, register 8 a.m., check in 8:15 a.m., start 8:30 a.m.; May 31, June 28, July 26, Sept. 6.

Explore wetlands: Take a guided walk from 10 a.m. to noon May 24 through the Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary. Learn about the interesting history of the area and the plants and animals that live there. Call 425-316-9892 to register; $7, $5 for Adopt A Stream members.

Paddling films: See some of the best films from the National Paddling Film Festival at 7 p.m. May 29 at the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The award-winning films feature whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing, rafting, stand-up paddling and surf skiing in locations around the world. “Blazing Paddles” is a benefit event for Washington Water Trails Association. Win a new paddle, a three-season tent, a dry bag, or other great paddling/ camping gear, provided by sponsors. Beer, wine and snacks will be available for sale. Tickets, $18 or $16 for EdCC students, are available here. The festival will also be in Mount Vernon on May 30 at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets $15. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m.

Watershed: The Edmonds Watershed is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 31. There will be a number of activities including interpretive walks at the Edmonds Marsh, shorebird maze for kids and geocaching. Guided tour of the wildlife habitat and native plant demonstation garden at Willow Creek Fish Hatchery are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A low-tide beach walk with a naturalist is at 1 p.m. at Olympic Beach. A free bus shuttles people from downtown Edmonds to the marsh and Willow Creek. Get more info here.

Hike the State: Learn about some fabulous places to hike all around Washington. The Washington Trails Association’s Hike the State is at 6 p.m. June 4 at the Seattle REI. The event usually fills up. Register for free here.

Trees: Learn about the cultural and ecological value of trees at a talk at 7 p.m. June 4 at Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way. Tamara Neuffer, outreach and education coordinator for the Stillaguamish Tribe, is the presenter.

Boating safety: Everett police plan a free boating safety class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 at the south precinct, 1121 SE Everett Mall Way. The course qualifies for the boater education certification required for all boat operators born in 1955 or later. Registration is required, contact jlp1141@frontier.com.

Free: On June 7-8, entry to all Washington state parks will be free in honor of National Trails Day and WDFW free fishing day. Details here.

Boating safety: A marine weather workshop is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on June 10 in Seattle. Registration is required. For information and registration, contact Sarah Fisken: sfisken@uw.edu or 206-543-1225.

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