Green Everett: The next Green Everett Partnership work party is from 9 to 11 a.m. July 31 at the South Everett Forest Preserve, 1018 109th St. SE, 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.
Buzz, buzz: Sno-Isle Libraries presents a “Native Pollinators of Western Washington” webinar at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 via Zoom. Ecologist Russel Barsh will talk about the role of native pollinators in healthy ecosystems. Learn how to identify the common families of native bees and hoverflies in our region, plus get tips for creating pollinator-friendly gardens. Barsh is the director of Kwiáht, a nonprofit conservation biology laboratory on Lopez Island. A Zoom link will be emailed after registration. More at www.sno-isle.org.
Be prepared: REI presents “Emergency Preparedness Essentials,” a three-part Zoom series designed to help you prepare for and respond to emergencies — including natural and man-made disasters. Learn the basics of identifying risks, prioritizing survival steps, planning for regional risks and preparing a “go bag,” as well as sheltering in place. “Preparing to Prepare” is Aug. 10, “Gearing Up” is Aug. 17 and “Hunkering Down,” is Aug. 24. Each webinar in the series, led by REI specialist David Yen, is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom. More at www.rei.com.
Outfitting at home: You can now make a free virtual outfitting appointment with an Alderwood REI expert on Aug. 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.
Free park-ing: The next day of the year to visit Washington state parks in 2021 without an entrance fee is Aug. 25 (National Park Service’s 105th birthday). Other free parks days Sept. 25 (National Public Lands Day), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 26 (Autumn Day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Green Everett: The next Green Everett Partnership work party is from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at Hannabrook Park, 5815 Brookridge Blvd., 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.
The Banff Film Festival: REI presents 2021’s Banff Film Festival World Tour, a virtual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and the environment. There are two film programs (each two hours long) available for streaming via Now! — Amber and Onyx. Tickets are $15 for one, or $28 for both programs. You have three days to watch one program; 14 days if you sign up for both. Films streamable through Oct. 21. Register at filmfest.banffcentre.ca/?campaign=WT-152515. Call 425-640-6200 or go to www.rei.com for more information.
Find your favorite park: 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.
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