Upcoming outdoor events in Snohomish County and nearby

See what Mountaineers have to offer: Learn about The Mountaineers courses, activities, youth programs and meet members of the club, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle; www.mountaineers.org.

Bees: Learn about mason bees and how you can bring the useful pollinators to your yard at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove Street or 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. NW.

Grebes: Six species of grebes live in our area. Martha and Steve Ellis, Whidbey Island naturalists, will talk about the birds and how to identify them at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive. www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

Trail ride: The Traildusters prize ride is Oct. 24 at the Pilchuck Tree Farm north of Arlington. Registrations starts at 8 a.m. First rider out at 9 a.m., last rider out at 11 a.m. A costume contest for horses and riders is at 1 p.m. Raffle and prizes will be at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be available to purchase. No dogs or stallions; www.traildusters.org.

Salish Sea: Learn about the connections between the water, land and people of the Salish Sea from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. Scott Redman, the keynote speaker, will talk about how the health of the Salish Sea can be helped by monitoring certain vital signs. $15, get more information and register at www.wsusoundliving.org.

Winter classes: See what classes are coming up through the Everett branch of The Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Drewell Building, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett. Representatives from the alpine scrambling, avalanche, back-country skiing, climbing, cross-country (Nordic) skiing, and snow-shoeing courses will be on hand to provide information and answer questions; www.mountaineers.org.

Bugs: Learn about pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and other insects from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the fairgrounds in Monroe. The Xerces Society will offer a workshop for people who want to learn how to encourage pollinators. The seminar includes snacks, lunch, books and other materials and a walk through a pollinator garden. You will learn how to identify native bees and other beneficial insects, as well as how to design your property to attract them and minimize your impact on them. $15 include lunch, materials and book. Register and pay at snocd.org/native-pollinator.

— Herald staff

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