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.
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 from April through October.
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.
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.”
Landslides hazards in Washington State and the future of the new DNR Landslide Hazards Program
by Stephen Slaughter
April 24, 2016 at 5:30pm
MVIC at TwispWorks
Stephen 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.
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.
Ray Robertson and Steph Williams
Bob 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.
Our 2015 Newsletter is now available! Click here to view it as a PDF.
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.
Pine needle basket weaving workshops are held every Friday from noon to 5pm at the MVIC. Suggested donation $10.
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.