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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IceAgeFloodsDeepLakeSunday, Sep. 25 – 5 pm

View the size, power and magnitude of Ice Age floods of the region through images and videos taken from the air where they can be best seen, understood and appreciated.

Bruce Bjornstad is a licensed  geologist/hydrogeologist and recently retired as a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in geology from Eastern Washington University.  During his 35-year career he has written numerous documents and reports on the geology of the region as well as two geologic guidebooks on Ice Age floods that transformed the Pacific Northwest as recently as 13,000 years ago. Bruce is also the creator of an online YouTube Channel titled: “Ice Age Floodscapes”.


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Sunday, August 28  –   5 pm

Field biologist Ray Robertson ponders the question of whether we are seeing an increase in the Methow Valley population of skunks, badgers, martens, fischers, wolverine.  Ray shares stories of encounters in the wild and not so wild, and what he’s caught on remote cameras over the years. Ray has worked on wildlife projects in the Methow for over 20 years including currently contracting for the USFS and the Woodland Park Zoo on wolverine research in the North Cascades.  He currently works on the Cascade Carnivore Connectivity Project which is hoping to learn more about the status of the Grizzly bear in Washington as well as continue its work mapping the movements of Black bears and other animals.


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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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