Jason Colby is the author of “Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator.” Hear him speak Oct. 24 at Everett Community College. (Photo courtesy of Jason Colby)

Jason Colby is the author of “Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator.” Hear him speak Oct. 24 at Everett Community College. (Photo courtesy of Jason Colby)

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

Apex predators: Jason Colby, historian and professor, will discuss the region’s history with orca whales at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., Everett. Free. Colby is the author of “Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator,” which explores how orca whales became a beloved Pacific Northwest icon after being feared and despised. More at www.everettcc.edu/orca.

Camping in winter: 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 while camping. 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 presentation at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Free. 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.

Winter walk: Join the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project on a walk through Cama Beach State Park at 9:50 a.m. Nov. 2, 1880 SW, Camano Drive. Meet at the Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road junction for a 4-mile walk. The pace is moderate. Wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes or boots. More at www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

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.

Snowshoeing basics: Get a rundown on snowshoeing at a free workshop at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952, Lynnwood. REI staff will focus on gear selection and where to go to get started. Space is limited. More at www.rei.com/events.

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, “Fishing For A Living: The Loons,” is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Naturalists Steve and Martha Ellis will give the talk. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

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