Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

Some of the events listed here are contingent on whether each jurisdiction is approved to enter the corresponding phase of the governor’s four-phased reopening plan. Check with each venue for the latest information.

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest: While the forest’s campgrounds and restrooms remain closed to align with Gov. Jay Inslee’s transition plan, there is a phased reopening of trailheads and day-use areas. Garbage service and water facilities continue to be unavailable. Visitors should plan to be as self-sufficient as possible. This includes bringing their own water, knowing how to properly dispose of human and dog waste, and packing out all garbage. Go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs for more information.

Find your favorite park: Still playing it safe? Virtually explore Washington’s state parks during the governor’s stay-home order. Washington State Parks Foundation’s website features an interactive map of Washington’s 124 state parks, as well as virtual tours, park information and trip reports. The virtual tours provide a 360-degree view with navigational tools and a walk-through of state parks, trails, campgrounds, retreat centers, interpretive centers and vacation houses. More at www.waparks.org.

Save the bees: Native bees are the most important pollinators of wild plants. Demarus Tevuk of Crown Bees will give a virtual presentation for the Adopt A Stream Foundation titled “How to Save the Bees” at 7 p.m. June 25 via Zoom. Learn what you can do in your own back yard, farm or orchard to help bees and other vital pollinators. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link in your email 30 minutes before the presentation. Call 425-316-8592. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 for non-members. More at www.streamkeeper.org.

Green Everett: The next Green Everett Partnership work party is from 9 a.m. to noon June 27 at Thornton A. Sullivan Park, 11405 Silver Lake Road, Everett. Help improve Everett’s parks and natural areas by removing invasive species, planting trees and maintaining plants. The Green Everett Partnership is a collaboration between the city parks department and Forterra, formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy. Call 425-238-0065 or go to www.greeneverett.org.

Killer whale tales: Biologist Jeff Hogan has been conducting research on the San Juan killer whales over the last 20 years. He will give a virtual presentation for the Adopt A Stream Foundation on the San Juan killer whale population at 7 p.m. July 9 via Zoom. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link in your email 30 minutes before the presentation. Call 425-316-8592. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 for non-members. More at www.streamkeeper.org.

Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington state parks in 2020 without an entrance fee is Aug. 25 (National Park Service’s 104th birthday). Other free dates are Sept. 26 (National Public Lands Day), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 27 (Autumn Day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Adventure Speaker Series: McKenzie Johnson will give a talk about her mountaineering experiences 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Johnson, who credits her accomplishments to being eight years sober, will also share her work with Recovery Beyond, a nonprofit that helps addicts recover via outdoor training and mountaineering. Doors open at 6 p.m. Entry is $5 at the door. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.

Adventure Speaker Series: Patrick McGinty will talk about his bike trip across America on the John Muir Trail from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. McGinty averaged 80 miles per day over 43 days of his solo trek. He’ll also talk about his trials, tribulations and rewards for completing the trail. Doors open at 6 p.m. Entry is $5 at the door. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.

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