Snohomish County Outdoors Calendar

Treasure hunt: The Great Northwest Glass Quest continues through Feb. 21. The hunt takes place throughout Stanwood and Camano Island. Searchers look for plastic balls, using a treasure map. The balls can be exchanged for hand-blown glass balls by world-renowned local artists Mark and Marcus Ellinger. The plastic replicas are hidden each morning throughout the 10-day quest. For details or to download the map go to

Vertfest: Improve your winter backcountry skills at Vertfest, which continues today at Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass. There will be racing, clinics, gear demos and more. Get details at

Fly fishing: The Fly Fishing Show continues today at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW. There will be a range of fly fishing events all weekend including casting demonstrations, seminars, fly-tying, book signings, gear for sale and a film festival. Admission is $15 for a single day. Kids under 5 free. Film festival admission is $15 or $10 with admission to the show. Get details at

Scrambling: The Everett branch of The Mountaineers offers a scrambling course beginning Feb. 17 and continuing through May. The course will teach you to reach many peaks in the Cascades that don’t require the use of ropes. Scrambling is somewhere between hiking and climbing. You’ll learn compass skills, safe travel on snow and rock and more. Class is $225 for Mountaineers members/$300 for nonmembers. Get details and register at

Eagles: Learn about the breeding and winter ecology of the bald eagle at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive. Jim Watson, wildlife research scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and lead researcher for statewide raptor studies, will talk about bald eagles, their remarkable population recovery and challenges the species now faces. Watson has spent 40 years studying raptors in the western United States and abroad. For information, call 360-387-2236, go to or email

Otters: See the film “Season of the Otters” at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The film shows otters during all four seasons in beautiful Yellowstone Lake. A short presentation on local otters will precede the film. $3, reserve a spot by calling 425-316-8592.

Insects: Entomologist Don Ehlen will display more than 3,000 insect specimens from around the world at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Evergreen branch of the Everett Library, 9512 Evergreen Way. Kids ages 4 and older and their families can see butterflies, moths, beetles, grasshoppers, bees and more.

Outdoors: A program at Yost Park, 9535 Bowdoin Way in Edmonds, encourages families to get outside together to enjoy games, crafts and exploration. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Two courses are coming up, plants and bugs on Feb. 20 and wildlife explorers on March 12. $11 per kid, with a discount for siblings. Get info and register at or call 425-771-0230. Parents are free.

Streams: Learn about how to adopt local stream and help improve their habitat. Tom Murdoch, co-author of the “The Streamkeepers Field Guide” will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park in Everett. Event is free but registration is required. Call 425-316-8592.

Expo: The Recreation Northwest Expo is Feb. 25 to 27 in Bellingham. There is a summit with speakers, excursions, exhibitors and more. Get details at

White birds: The Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival is Feb. 27 and 28. There will be tours, speakers, classes and other activities. Get info at

Learning: North Cascades Institute has a varied spring line-up for people looking to combine fun and education. Options include canoeing Ross Lake or the Skagit River; exploring Yellow, Jones and Sucia islands by boat and boot; snakes and amphibians of the Methow Valley; and Sauk Mountain wildflowers. For a schedule and info, go to

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