Methow Valley Interpretive Center

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

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(left to right) Lucy Timentwa and CB c/o Susan Timentwa; grand opening of the MVIC; native camp along the river (early 1900s) c/o Susan Timentwa; Methow Valley Native Plant Garden. Methow Valley Interpretive Center is located on the TwispWorks campus at 210 5th St., Twisp WA 98856 (509-997-4904). We are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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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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2015 Newsletter

Our 2015 Newsletter is now available! Click here to view it as a PDF.

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Children of the Methow Native Flutes, Drums, Dance

A Tribute to Children of the Methow
with Native Flutes, Drums, Dance

Join a potluck gathering at the Twisp Works at 4:00 on Sunday August 30. This is a special gathering with native flutes, drumming, dancing, singing and food.
For more information call 509-997-4904.

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Pine needle basket weaving workshops

Pine needle basket weaving workshops are held every Friday from noon to 5pm at the MVIC. Suggested donation $10.

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Ancestral Skills workshops

leathercraftEpona Rose and Alexander Ember: Leathercraft: This workshop held at the MVIC Pit House was a hands-on demonstration of leather and felting. Hides were prepared by Alexander by scraping and softening and basic buckskin sewing techniques. Epona Rose showed types of fiber embroidery, leather applique, bark-tan book binding, and other leathercraft possibilities.
20110922_saskatoon_0184-2Eric Wittenbach and the Ancestral Skills team will be giving demonstrations on Ancestral Skills during the 4th of July happenings in Twisp, Saturday, July 4th at Twisp Park (Noon – 4pm).
Bow-DrillXavier de la Forêt: Fire starting skills. Saturday, July 11, 10am – 2pm at the MVIC Pit House.
Eric Wittenbach : Bark basket-making. Saturday, July 18, 10am – 2pm at the MVIC Pit House.
Lynx Vilden : Arrow making Saturday, July 25, 10am – 2pm at the MVIC Pit House.
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Rare Plants with Joe Arnett

Patterns of Distribution: Endemic, Disjunct, and Peripheral Rare Plants, will be presented by Joe Arnett on July 26, from 5 – 6:30 pm at the MVIC.

Joe is the state rare plant botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage Program that works to conserve rare plants and ecosystems of Washington. Joe teaches courses in Botany and is the author of several botany guides and a book of essays titled, Walking in the Beauty of the World, Reflections of a Northwest Botanist, published by the Washington Native Plant Society in 2004. Joe hinted he will bring his guitar and some folk songs.

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Majestic Methow

The Majestic Methow: A Treasured Landscape. Why it was selected and what that means for you

On May 31 Natalie Kuehler of the National Forest Foundation describes the National Forest Foundation designation of the Majestic Methow as one of 14 Treasured Landscapes in the United States.

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Lichens: The People Connection

Lichens: The People Connection, will be presented by Sara Ashford of Culler Studio, and George Wooten, Methow Field Institute.

When and Where: Sunday April26, from 5 – 6:30, at the MVIC.

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