Dave Ellingson: The Edmonds author will talk about his Norwegian fjord kayaking experiences at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and again at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 19 at Normanna Hall, 2725 Oakes Ave., Everett. Free. Ellingson’s month-long kayak expedition to his ancestral Sogne and Hardanger fjords in Norway included 24-hour daylight, battling big waves bouncing off 1,500-foot cliffs and terror when a rudder broke and ice water filled his kayak. Call 206-459-0911.
Intro to camping: A camping workshop for beginners is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952, Lynnwood. REI experts will demonstrate camping know-how such as how to set up tents and select the best sleeping bag. No experience is necessary. Gear will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is $15 for members, $35 for non-members. More at www.rei.com.
Get wild: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts presentations the third Wednesday of the month. The next presentation, “Gardening for Native Bees,” is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Kathryn Lindsay, a Skagit County master gardener, will give the talk. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Compass basics: A Compass Navigation workshop is at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952, Lynnwood. Practice planning a route with map and compass bearings, declination and triangulation. Experience reading a topographic map is recommended. Space is limited. Registration is $20 for members, $40 for non-members. More at www.rei.com/events.
Camping in the cold: A Winter Camping workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952, Lynnwood. Learn how to manage freezing temperatures to stay comfortable outside. Gear is provided. No experience necessary. Registration is $20 for members, $40 for non-members. More at www.rei.com/events.
Wildlife photographer: Paul Bannick, an award-winning author and photographer of “Owl: A Year in the Life of North American Owls” and “The Owl and the Woodpecker,” will give a free presentation at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Bannick’s work can be found in many birding guides. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Everett Public Library. Call 425-257-8000 or go to www.epls.org for more information.
Climb a tree: Washington State Parks and AdventureTerra of Seattle teamed up to offer guided, educational tree-climbing adventures to visitors at Deception Pass State Park, Hoypus Point area, 41020 U.S. 20, Oak Harbor. Cost is $149 for session lasting four hours. Through October. Helmets, harnesses, safety glasses, foot holds and instruction included. For ages 7 and older. More at www.AdventureTerra.com.
Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington state parks without an entrance fee is Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Mark your calendar: The final free day of 2019 is Nov. 29 (Autumn day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.