Methow Valley Interpretive Center

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center hosts events and displays that highlight the cultural and natural history of the Methow Valley.

(L to R) native camp along the river, early 1900s, c/o Susan Timentwa; Methow Valley Native Plant Garden; Lucy Timentwa and CB c/o Susan Timentwa.

(L to R) native camp along the river, early 1900s, c/o Susan Timentwa; Methow Valley Native Plant Garden; Lucy Timentwa and CB c/o Susan Timentwa.

Methow Valley Interpretive Center is located on the TwispWorks campus at 210 5th St., Twisp WA 98856 (509-997-0620). Hours are Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 12-5, and beginning June 3, Fridays 12-5.

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Saturday, August 6  –   10am – noon

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center will host a Native Garden Kid’s Day at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center’ Native Garden.  Naturalists Rob Crandall and Hannah Newell will lead fun activities for kids to explore and interact with the Native Garden and Pit House.  Designed for kids ages 6-12 years old.  The event is free, though donations are always appreciated.MVICNativeGardenKids
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Sunday, July 31 at 5pm

MV Interpretive Center – TwispWorks

Have you ever encountered a beaver on your property or out on a hike? Beavers have inhabited the Methow Valley for thousands of years. Although they can be pesky land managers at times, the beaver plays a key role in water storage and wildlife management. Hannah will talk about the role of beaver in our landscape and hear how we can live in tandem with these ecosystem engineers.

Hannah is working with the Interpretive Center for 8 weeks this summer as part of the Leadership Track of the North Cascades Institute.HannahNewell

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Sunday, June 26 at 5pm

MV Interpretive Center – TwispWorks

Joanna Bastian, Administrative Officer of the Bear Fight Institute, reprises her presentation of The Entirely Complete History of the Methow Valley.  She will discuss the history of the valley from the origins of its name, geological formations and first peoples to the recent wildfires of 2014.

History of the Methow

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Ancestral Skills Workshops: JUNE 4 – JULY 9

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Sunday, May 29 at 5pm

MV Interpretive Center – TwispWorks

Okanagan Tribal Elder, Arnie Marchand, shares tribal history and stories from Wenatchee to Penticton, BC.  An entertaining and insightful speaker, he recently completed a book, “The Way I Heard It” and has served as the Oroville Museum Director.Arnie-Marchand-600

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April 2016: Landslide hazards in Washington State

Sunday, April 24 at 5:30pm

MV Interpretive Center – TwispWorksstephen-slaughter-zoomedStephen Slaughter is the landslide hazards program manager at the Division of Geology and Earth  Resources a.k.a. the Washington Geological Survey) at the Washington Department of Natural  Resources (DNR). His eleven year career at DNR has included working as a forest geologist assessing  potentially unstable slopes related to forest management activities on state-managed lands, modeling  potential landslide and liquefaction zones from a magnitude 9 earthquake for coastal communities of  Washington, lead geologist at the 2014 SR530 Oso landslide, partnering with the US Geological Survey  on modeling post-wildfire debris flow hazards in central Washington, and most recently, developing a  new landslide hazards program (LHP) for the state of Washington. The newly established LHP team of  five geologists is currently developing new protocols for mapping landslides and landslide susceptibility  from high-resolution LIDAR topographic data. The pilot project is currently underway in Pierce County,  mapping all landslide deposits using high-quality LIDAR with the ultimate goal of assessing  landslide hazard and risk to county residents. Stephen, a Washington native, earned both his BS and MS  in geology, and has lived on both sides of the Cascade Range. He currently resides in Olympia with his  wife and two large cats.


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March at the Merc: “Restless Earth” with Jack Nisbet

March 27, 2016 at 7pm
Merc Playhouse in Twisp
Suggested donation, $12 per person

The story of the great earthquake of the Inland Northwest: A slide presentation by naturalist Jack Nisbet.
Jack Nisbet
Geologists and historians are still trying to sort out exactly what happened when a powerful earthquake shook much of the Inland Northwest in December of 1872. Native Americans who lived in the area at the time tell stories about rivers being diverted and the landscape altered. This slide presentation by author and teacher Jack Nisbet is an attempt to piece together the story with oral accounts, written descriptions, and the latest scientific research.

Based in Spokane, Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Northwest, including The Collector, a biography of David Douglas that was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the PNW Booksellers Association. Nisbet’s most recent book, Ancient Places, is a cycle of stories about people and phenomena that helped to shape the landscape of our region. Jess Walter called it a “fascinating read,” and said “I can think of no better guide to this corner of the West.”


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Updates from the Field Biologists

Join local wildlife biologists Ray Robertson and Steph Williams for stories and images of the 2015 field season, in search of North Cascades wolves, bears and wolverines. This is a Last Sunday Presentation at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. For more info contact 997-4904. Free. Donations are appreciated.

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Ray Robertson and Steph Williams

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Trade, Travel, and Ancient Salish Crossings of the North Cascades

Bob-Mierendorf-Hozomeen-2005-500pxhBob Mierendorf comes to the Interpretive Center on Sunday, September 27, at 5pm, to talk about ancient trade routes in the North Cascades from the point of view of an archaeologist.

Bob has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1970. In getting degrees in anthropology from Iowa State and Washington State Universities, and as a consulting archaeologist, he has participated in field projects in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and British Columbia. From 1986 to 2013 he served until retirement as park archaeologist at North Cascades National Park. His research interests include the pre-contact history of indigenous Northwest mountain peoples, Pleistocene and Holocene archeology, paleoecology, and the natural history of the North Cascades. He has authored professional journal articles and technical and non-technical publications on North Cascades and Northwest Native American archaeology. He lives with his wife Helen in the Skagit and Sammamish River valleys.

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