Wonderland Trail: Mount Rainier National Park will not accept advance reservations for climbing and wilderness permits this year. All permits, including those for the Wonderland Trail, are first-come, first-serve. Usually, up to 70 percent of permits can be reserved in advance. This year, however, the park had a critical failure in its reservation system after a power failur during a storm. Car-camping reservations in the park are not affected. The park is working on a new reservation system for next year.
Trees: Woodland owners can learn about tree care from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 29 to May 17, at the WSU Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. A field day is on April 30. The course teaches owners of wooded property how to assess trees, avoid insect and disease problems, enhance wildlife habitat and get a fair deal when selling logs. Participants will create a Forest Stewardship Plan, which qualifying landowners can use to lower their property taxes. $215. Register and get information at http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/cpsnoco or call 206-263-1128.
Photography: Andy Porter offers a class on nature photography at 6 p.m. March 31 at the Marysville Community Center, 514 Delta Ave. For information and to register, go to www.marysvillewa.gov.
Boating: A seven-week boating course, offered by the Everett Sail and Power Squadron, begins April 11 at the Port of Everett, Everett Yacht Club Building, 404 14th St. The course covers safety fundamentals. Successful completion of a final test, qualifies students for a Washington State Boater Education card required before operating watercraft in Washington. $50 non-members/$35 members. Second person sharing supplies, $20. Register at usps.org/Everett, or contact James West at 425-778-0283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cleanup: April 23 is Washington Coast Cleanup Day. To find a spot to volunteer, go to www.coastsavers.org.
Pacific Coast: Conservation photographer Florian Schulz will tell stories and show photos from his book “The Wild Edge: Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast” at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The event is part of the Seattle Arts and Lectures series. The book focuses on how regions far separated on the Pacific Coast are still affected by each other; www.lectures.org.
Trail skills: Learn trail maintenance skills at the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s North Cascades Trail Skills College, April 30 to May 1 in Concrete. The classes are free and meals are provided, although the PCTA requests that students volunteer at least 24 hours on trail projects in the coming year. Get details and register at http://bit.ly/1LBNzFx.
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