Events listed here are contingent on whether each jurisdiction is approved to enter the corresponding phase of the governor’s four-phase reopening plan. Events may be canceled or postponed. Check with each venue for the latest information.
Exploring mushrooms: Are you interested in learning how to forage for mushrooms? The Everett Public Library presents “Introduction to Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest” 6 p.m. April 13 via Crowdcast. Jeremy Collison, founder of Salish Mushrooms, will go over the basics of mushrooming, native Pacific Northwest mushrooms, safety concerns and how to identify mushrooms using the inaturalist.org website. Register at www.crowdcast.io/e/mushrooms. A link to the event will be emailed after registration. Call 425-257-8000 or go to www.epls.org for more information.
Outdoor Speaker Series: Patrick McGinty will talk about his bike ride across America on the Southern Tier from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 13 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. McGinty averaged 80 miles per day over 43 days on his solo ride. He’ll also talk about his trials, tribulations and rewards for completing the route. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 with online registration or at the door if space is still available. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.
Outdoor Speaker Series: Pickleball master and instructor Rick Bomar will talk about America’s fastest growing sport from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 11 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. “Pickleball Rick” will talk about how pickleball is different than tennis, badminton and ping-pong, and guide you on how to get started playing it yourself. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 with online registration or at the door if space is still available. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.
Outfitting at home: You can now make a free virtual outfitting appointment with an Alderwood REI expert on May 12 via Microsoft Teams. Whether you are interested in exploring a new outdoor activity, want to get the next great piece of gear or advice for an upcoming adventure, an outfitting expert from the Alderwood store is available to help from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is required. A Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to you after you book your appointment. More at www.rei.com.
Find your favorite park: Still playing it safe? Virtually explore Washington’s state parks during the pandemic. 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.
Free park-ing: The next day of the year to visit Washington state parks in 2021 without an entrance fee is June 5 (National Trails Day). Other free parks days are June 12 (National Get Outdoors Day), June 13 (Fishing Day), Aug. 25 (National Park Service’s 105th birthday), Sept. 25 (National Public Lands Day), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 26 (Autumn Day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
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