Methow Valley Interpretive Center is located on the TwispWorks campus at 210 5th St., Twisp WA 98856 (509-997-4904).
The Methow Valley Interpretive Center hosts events, videos and displays that highlight the cultural and natural history of the Methow Valley.
The Methow Valley Native Garden is right outside our door.
Our mission is to create, fund and operate an interpretive center that recognizes the pre-European native inhabitants and portrays the geology and natural history of the Methow Valley.
Native Camp along the river in the early 1900s.
Lucy Timentwa and CB. Photo c/o Susan Timentwa.
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.
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.
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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In summer, we sponsor a series of Ancestral Skills Workshops taught by skilled instructors. These workshops can be attended as free demonstrations or as a participatory workshop at a cost of $15 to $40 for materials.
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Thursday, March 19
Merc Playhouse in Twisp
A short film by Fred Wertz will be shown starting at 6:40pm. Fred captured incredible aerial footage from the Carlton Complex Fire.
Meet Your Presenters!
Bill Moody is an internationally recognized expert in wildland firefighting and serves as Air Attack Supervisor for wildland fire operations. In 2014, Bill was an air attack on the Carlton Complex, Rising Eagle, and Little Bridge Creek fires. Bill’s experience includes firefighting consultation in the Soviet Union, Mongolia, Israel and Mexico. Bill is a Life Member of the National Smokejumper Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center.
Leslie Michel is a Soil Scientist for the Okanogan Conservation District where she has worked since 2012. Leslie has a BS in Soil Resources Management from Oregon State University. Leslie was co-leader for the Interagency-Burned Area Emergency Response team for the Carlton Complex. She helped coordinate the 25 team members from 17 agencies as well as participated on the team as a Soil Scientist. Leslie is very passionate about soils education and increasing awareness of the incredible ability and resiliency of the soil. She works with farmers throughout North Central Washington to help improve soil health through the use of cover crops in dryland wheat-fallow systems.
Katherine Rowden is the Service Hydrologist for the National Weather Service’s Forecast Office in Spokane, where she is responsible for managing the flood warning and water resources program for North Central and Eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle. Katherine worked on the Carlton Complex Erosion Threat and Assessment Team in 2014. Katherine serves as the liaison between local and federal partners and the National Weather Service Northwest River Forecast Center in Portland which provides short- and long-term river forecasts for the entire Columbia River Basin. She became professionally and personally interested in the interaction of fires and floods after the 2010 Swakane Fire and subsequent flash flood in Chelan County.
Hours of Operation
Early Spring and Fall hours
Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 pm
Friday noon – 5 pm
Saturday 10am – 5 pm
Sunday noon – 5 pm
*The Interpretive Center is closed from November to March except by appointment
Conflagration & Transformation
Thursday, March 19 @ 7pm
Merc Playhouse in Twisp
Join Wildland Fire Specialist Bill Moody, Okanogan Conservation District’s Leslie Michel, and special guest Katherine Rowden of National Weather Service as they talk about how the weather came into play in precipitating the largest firestorm in Washington State history and what resultant transformations we expect in our surroundings.
Learn more about this insightful evening as well its presenters here.