Events listed here are scheduled to happen after May 4, when the statewide stay-at-home order is slated to end. Check with each venue for the latest information.
Map reading workshop: Build your confidence in reading topographic maps in a hands-on workshop at 6 p.m. May 5 at the Alderwood REI, 3000 18th St. SW, Lynnwood. Learn the ins and outs of contour lines, how to identify different topographic features and how these features can impact your route planning. Cost is $20 for members, $40 for non-members. The space is limited. Call 425-640-6200. More at www.rei.com.
Food storage workshop: Are you ready to travel in bear country? REI experts will teach the basics of bear canisters and bear bags — and when and where to use them — in a hands-on workshop at 6 p.m. May 7 at the Alderwood REI, 3000 18th St. SW, Lynnwood. Learn bear awareness to keep your food (and your campsite) bear free. Cost is $15 for members, $35 for non-members. The space is limited. Call 425-640-6200. More at www.rei.com.
“All About Cougars”: Cougars are the apex predator of Pacific Northwest forests. Cougar expert Brian Kertson will present a lecture about these big cats at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Steam Center, 600 128th Street SE, in Everett. Learn how to identify signs in the field and the keys to coexisting with cougars where you live and recreate. Registration is required. 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 May 9 at Rotary Park, 3505 Lowell Snohomish River 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.
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, “Climate Resilience,” is set for 7 p.m. May 20 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Carrie Brausieck, of the Snohomish Conservation District, will lead the presentation. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Save the bees: Native bees are the most important pollinators of wild plants. Demarus Tevuk of Crown Bees will give a presentation titled “How to Save the Bees” at 1 p.m. May 30 at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Steam Center, 600 128th Street SE, in Everett. Learn what you can do in your own back yard, farm or orchard to help bees and other vital pollinators. Registration is required. 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 June 6 (National Trails Day),. Other free dates are June 7 (Fishing Day), June 13 (National Get Outdoors Day), Aug. 25 (National Park Service’s 104th birthday), Sept. 26 (National Public Lands Day), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 27 (Autumn Day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest: The forest is temporarily closed to align with Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order to address social distancing guidelines and stem the spread of the coronavirus. This closure includes all campgrounds, sno-parks, restrooms and trailheads. In addition, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest offices are currently conducting business by phone, email or through web-based transactions. Go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs for more information.
Find your favorite park: Virtually explore Washington’s state parks during the governor’s stay-at-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.